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December 16, 2020 - Miller's Run

Dear Parents, Families and the entire Miller’s Run School community,

None of us could have predicted a year ago the challenges of the current pandemic.  We are so proud of our children, families, teachers and community for being able to successfully attend school and to educate our children in person at Miller’s Run since September.  This has made a difference in the learning and developmental growth of our children.  You have shown how resilient, adaptable and dependable you all are!

We have heard from many of our community that families will need to gather with multiple households (family) and dependents over the Winter Holiday Break. As per the directive from the governor (link here), the change in definitions of households and the requirement to quarantine, we are unable to safely open Miller’s Run School for in person instruction in early January. When we return from December break, we will pivot to remote learning for two weeks, from January 4th to January 15th.  The quarantine period in early January will allow all families, children, faculty and staff to return safely to school when they return to in person instruction on Tuesday, January 19.  (Friday, January 15th was previously scheduled for staff Professional Development and Monday, January 18th is MLK, Jr. Day--no school.)

Between today and December 23rd, we will be in communication about the remote learning schedule and meals. Free meals will continue and details will be shared before December 23rd. Our team has worked to finalize remote learning plans and these will be communicated to families before we leave for the Winter Holiday Break on December 23 and appropriate technology devices will be sent home. 

Our remote learning plans can be found at any time on the school website under “REMOTE LEARNING PLANS”. 

I can not thank you enough for your continued dedication, optimism and perseverance since August (and March of last year)!  

Sincerely,

Patrick Ham, Miller’s Run School

Jennifer Botzojorns, Principal Superintendent of Schools


 

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December 16, 2020 - Lyndon Town School

Dear Parents, Families and Lyndon Town School community,

None of us could have predicted a year ago the challenges of the current pandemic.  We are so proud of our children, families, teachers, and community for being able to successfully attend school and to educate our children in-person at Lyndon Town School since September.  We have had a few groups pivot to remote learning temporarily, however our hard work together has allowed us to continue in-person schooling with only a few interruptions. This has made a difference in the learning and developmental growth of our children.  We are so thankful for how resilient, adaptable and dependable everyone has been!

We have heard from many in our school community that families will need to gather with extended family households and dependents over the Winter Holiday Break. As per the directive from the governor (link here), the change in definitions of households and the requirement to quarantine, it has been determined that we are unable to safely open Lyndon Town School for in-person instruction on January 4th. When we return from December break, we will pivot to remote learning for two weeks, from January 4th to January 15th.  This quarantine period in early January will allow all families, children, faculty and staff to return safely to school for in -person instruction on Tuesday, January 19.  

Below is information about the remote learning schedule and meals.  All of us have worked to finalize remote learning plans (linked below). Any additional information will be communicated to families before we leave for the Winter Holiday Break. Devices will go home with students on Wednesday, December 23rd. 

Details for the remote learning plans: LTS Remote Learning Plans Links

Food Details: Additionally, we will continue to provide FREE breakfast and lunch Monday- Friday through from January 4-14th while LTS students are learning remotely.  You, or someone that you designate, may pick up the FREE breakfast and lunch at Lyndon Town School for ALL children in your household any day Monday - Friday between the hours of 3:30pm and 5:00pm (pick up takes place at the cafeteria entrance).  We encourage you to take advantage of this free offering.  If you have any questions, please contact Dakota Smith at 802-582-2558.

We can not thank you enough for your continued dedication, optimism and perseverance since August (and March last year)!  Please see the attached reminders regarding travel, gatherings, and quarantining.

Sincerely,

Amy Gale

Amy Gale, Lyndon Town School Principal 

Jennifer Botzojorns, Superintendent of Schools

IMPORTANT INFORMATION RE:  GATHERINGS, TRAVEL, AND QUARANTINING

Multi-Household Social Gatherings: Per Governor’s Executive Order: As of November 14, 2020, you are not allowed to gather with people you don’t live with. This includes all inside and outside social, recreational and entertainment gatherings, and in public and private spaces.

All family members participating in multi-household social gatherings must quarantine for 14 days after. The last day of these gatherings is considered your “Day 0”. 

Out of State Travel: All family members that travel out of the State of VT for non-essential reasons must quarantine for 14 days after returning. The day you return home is your “Day 0”.

What does it mean to quarantine? Per the Vermont Department of Health (VDH): Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from other people. Quarantine means you need to stay home and away from other people for 14 days. This means you can’t do any activities outside of your home, like going to school, work, or grocery shopping, or recreation. You should separate yourself from others and check for symptoms.

Return to Work/School Options:

  1. Quarantine for 14 days as described above. If you remain symptom free during these 14 days, you may return to work/school/normal activities on day 15.
  2. Quarantine as described above. On Day 7 you may get a COVID-19 test. This must be a PCR test. Remain quarantined until you receive a negative test result. 

More information about social gatherings, out of state travel, and quarantining can be found on VDH website linked here: https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/travel-quarantine 


 

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November 23, 2020

 

Dear Parents of Lyndon Town School 4th Grade Students in Ms. Sloan and Ms. Bussiere’s Classrooms,

Monday, November 23, 2020, we learned that a person within the 4th grade cohort of Ms. Bussiere and Ms. Sloan’s class has tested positive for the Coronavirus. We are working with the VT Department of Health regarding this information. 

As a precautionary measure we ask that all 4th grade students in Ms. Sloan and Ms. Bussiere’s classrooms be picked up today as soon as possible by a family member or emergency contact. None of these 4th grade students will be able to remain at school or ride the school bus this afternoon. Please make arrangements to pick up your child as soon as possible today but no later than 11:30.  

As a precautionary measure we are switching to remote learning for all students in Ms. Sloan and Ms. Bussiere’s classrooms. Not all students will be identified as close contacts that must quarantine, however all students are moving to remote learning immediately and continuing through Monday Dec 1. Until Dec 2  there will be no in-person school for 4th grade students in Ms. Sloan and Ms. Bussiere’s classrooms

Tomorrow through the 1st of December students in these classrooms will stay home and follow our remote learning plans.  These were sent home the week of September 28th on bright pink paper. 

Thank you for understanding that, due to medical privacy laws, we are not able to release the name of the individual with COVID-19. Please do not speculate or ask about the individual, we are a small community and want to respect all members. 

Please answer the phone if the Health Department or our school office contacts you. A contact tracer may be trying to reach you with important information.  If you are not contacted by the department of Health or our office within 48 hours, it means you are not a close contact. 

We recommend everyone take action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if your child is not experiencing symptoms.

The most important things you can do:

  • Make sure your child is wearing a mask.
  • Make sure your child is washing their hands.
  • Keep your child home if they are sick.
  • Call your primary care provider if you or your child have symptoms of COVID-19.

Ms Sloan and Ms Bussiere’s will be conducting remote learning class and will share details about remote learning through regular contact with students. We will continue to communicate changes and updates with you from our school office as well.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at (626-3209)  agale@kingdomeast.org.

Sincerely,

Amy Gale. Principal

October 26, 2020

Dear Members of the Kingdom East School District Community,

We appreciate our families, businesses, and community members who continue to work tirelessly. We thank our teachers, faculty, and staff for all that they have done to open our schools safely and educate our children. We thank our children for their patience,  persistence and adaptability. We care about each and every person.

Due to a second positive COVID case in our school community, today I made the decision to have both Burke Town and Lyndon Town School pivot to remote learning for the next two days.  This measure was taken so we had time to collect all information and help the department of health follow up on contact tracing. 

I have received additional questions about whether Kingdom East Schools will pivot to remote schooling for an extended period of time, in particular between Thanksgiving and the December break. 

There are no plans at this point for extended remote learning; this would only change if one of the following circumstances arose:

  • Positive COVID-19 case:  If we have indications from the department of health that there are close contacts in a cohort within a school who have COVID-19,  we would close a section, grade or cohort of a school.   
  • Requirement by another governing body: If we are required to pivot to remote by a jurisdiction that has authority to mandate this, we will follow the direction to which we are legally obligated.  
  • Lack of available faculty/staff:  If we have depleted numbers of faculty and staff due to illness or other absences, and we are unable to safely operate the school in person, we would shift the cohort of students and/or the school to remote learning.

As we move into the late fall and winter, our greatest vulnerabilities are the COVID outbreak trends of our neighboring states, and our own behavior.  Exposure of a single or few individuals will contribute to bringing the virus to our region.  Following the recommendations of 6 foot distancing, facial coverings, staying home if you have any symptoms and quarantining upon exposure will disrupt transmission of the virus. We want to remain a part of the country where our children can continue to attend school.

Given the upcoming Thanksgiving and December holidays, we feel compelled to invite everyone to consider not traveling to “yellow” or “red” zones for the holidays. Many of us long for our extended families. We have not seen them in months, and in some cases, years. We yearn to gather around the table with a warm meal, good cheer, laughter, and joy and to love each other the way only families can.

Our challenge is that we are amid a pandemic. If you travel to a red or yellow zone, upon return, your child must quarantine for 14 days. If we do not take these preventative measures schools may need to be closed to in person instruction, and the struggles of our parents, families, and the economy will increase.

Please visit the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website with all the travel details (https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/restart/cross-state-travel). Please follow the precautions.  We are asking this of ourselves and our community.

We thank you and welcome thoughts, comments, and feedback. 

 

Sincerely yours,

Jennifer Botzojorns,

Kingdom East School District

 

 
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