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Community Letter From the Principal and Superintendent

10/28/2020

Dear Burke Town School Families:

On Monday we received word that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID 19. Upon learning of this news, for precautionary measures, we pivoted to remote learning for all at Burke Town School, yesterday and today, October 27 and 28.  

During the last two days we have collected much information about contacts, room usage and have met with the Department of Health.  For precautionary measures we will continue to teach and learn remotely for Thursday and Friday October 29th and 30th. 

Our reasons for pivoting to remote learning fit the following criteria:  positive COVID-19 case; requirement by another governing body; or lack of available faculty/staff.  Our School District has  three confirmed cases of COVID-19 that are linked in origin to the 6th grade community at Lyndon Town School.  One of the cases is part of our Burke school community. 

We separate classes by cohort within Burke Town School, we isolate sub-groups within our in-person community, and we all follow safety measures.  Because of these measures, at this point we expect that our entire school will be able to safely return to teach and learn at Burke on Monday November 2.

The Department of Health has instructed us that a small number of students, faculty and staff (combined) are determined to be “close contacts” with the reported positive COVID tests.  These individuals are required to quarantine for two weeks from the time of the last contact. 

The Vermont Department of Health reminded us that if people are concerned about whether or not they are a close contact, the contact tracers are still in the process of reaching out.  Members of the community impacted will all be contacted within the next 24 to 48 hours. A very small number of the community are considered a close contact.  

Monday November 2nd – All BTS return for in person learning 

Thank you for understanding that, due to privacy laws, we are not able to release the name of the individuals with COVID-19 or the individuals quarantining.  If you have questions or concerns reach out directly to principal Megan Jones, Nurse Louise Vinton or Superintendent Botzojorns.  We all welcome calls and emails so we can respond directly to any questions or needs of  additional information. 

Meals will continue to be available for pick up outside the BTS cafeteria on Thursday 10/29, and Wednesday 10/30.

With respect and appreciation for being partners together in this journey, we are

Sincerely yours,

Megan Jones, Principal

Jennifer Botzojorns, Superintendent