The School Department in North Adams believes it can operate its nutritional programs through February and into March but they say anything past that will be affected by how long the federal government is on shut-down.

IBerkshires.com  reports that Superintendent of Schools Barbara Malkas informed the School Committee on Tuesday that at the moment it is not at red alert status but the longer the shutdown continues the more likely they will have to have to consider if those programs can be maintained. The city may have to tap into reserves until federal reimbursements arrive at some point.