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Lead Water Results Letter

February 8, 2021 

Dear Parents, Guardians and our Staff: 

The State of Vermont passed a new law in 2019 that requires all schools and child care providers to test their drinking water for lead. Samples of water from every tap at the Lyndon Town School that is reasonably expected to be used for drinking or cooking were collected and sent to the Vermont Department of Health Laboratory for analysis. Vermont has reduced the national threshold from 15 parts per billion to 4 parts per billion. 

Lyndon Town School has replaced the taps that initially tested at or higher than 4 parts per billion. A follow up test had 19 taps still at or above the 4 parts per billion threshold. Many of these faucets will be taken out of service since there are multiple taps in the rooms. The rest will have point of use filters installed.  

While the major source of lead poisoning in Vermont children is paint, lead in plumbing pipes and fixtures can possibly add to a person's overall exposure. 

More Information 

 

For questions about the water testing process, or about the law and its requirements, please dial 2-1-1

You can view school and child care results, remediation and any follow-up testing at leadresults.vermont.gov. (NOTE: If your child's preschool or after school program is located at a school, the results will be listed under the school's name.) For more information visit: 

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Schools: healthvermont.gov/school-drinking-water Child Care Programs: healthvermont.gov/childcare-drinking-water 

If you have questions or concerns about our facility and the actions we are taking, please contact Marc Brown-Kingdom East Facilities Manager at (802) 467-1400 or mbrown@kingdomeast.org

To learn more about lead hazards and lead poisoning prevention, visit healthvermont.gov/lead

If you want to test your home drinking water for lead, contact the Health Department Laboratory to order a $12 first draw lead test kit. Call (802) 338-4736 or (800) 660-9997 (toll free in Vermont). 

Sincerely, 

Marc Brown - Kingdom East School District, Facilities Manager / Safety Coordinator 

Jennifer Botzojorns - Kingdom East School District, Superintendent 

LTS Bus Service to resume Monday, April 5th

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April 2, 2021

Dear Parents and Caregivers of Lyndon Town School Students; 

I want to express my sincere gratitude to all of you for the cooperation, support, and flexibility you have shown during this time when bussing has been suspended.  Superintendent Botzojorns sent the good news today that services from the Butler Bus Company will resume on Monday, April 5th, 2021. 

The Vermont Department of Health has completed their outbreak investigation and are satisfied that the bus company understands protocols related to Covid-19.  We have assurances from the company owner that there are no cases where employees who should not be working are on the job. All Lyndon routes will resume as usually on Monday. 

I also want to let you know that on Monday, April 5th, all students and staff in the Kindergarten, 5th, and 7th grade cohorts will return to our building for in-person schooling. 

The appropriate waiting period has elapsed and students and their teachers will come back to the building on Monday.  The classrooms have been deep cleaned by our custodial staff and we are all excited for the return of our students and staff!  Any individuals still quarantining and awaiting test results will remain out of school until cleared by the Department of Health. 

As always, we will continue to follow our Strong and Healthy Start guidelines within our school building, including physical distancing, wearing facial coverings, washing hands, sanitizing, and other safety precautions. When carefully followed these practices, along with our cohort model, mitigate the spread of the virus. 

Again, thank you for your cooperation and support as together we stay safe and in school. Do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Have a good evening. 

Principal

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Butler Bus Company Busing Services Temporarily Suspended

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March 28, 2021

Dear Parents and guardians of Lyndon Town School Students,

There has been an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in our region.  In particular we have seen a significant increase in some sectors of our school community.  We need to keep our community safe and therefore we are taking precautionary measures.  

We are suspending all transportation via Butler’s school bus 

March 29- April 2.  

This means that parents and guardians will need to provide transportation to and from school.  We understand this is a hardship and will do our best to support families. 

Due to the increased congestion, we will use the following pick up and drop off times and adjust our classroom schedules accordingly. Afternoon dismissal will be staggered based on the schedule below, so please arrive at the appropriate time so as not to increase congestion. 

Morning

7:45 First Drop Off Group:      Student Last names L-Z

7:55 Second Drop Off Group:  Student Last names A-K 

If you have children with different last names, use the last name of your oldest child. 

Afternoon

2:45 First Pick Up Group:      Student Last names L-Z

2:55 Second Pick Up Group:  Student Last names A-K

If you have children with different last names, use the last name of your oldest child. 

Drop off and pick up will be in BOTH the front of the school and the back of the school because no busses will be present.  You can choose what area you use as you arrive. 

Use the LEFT traffic lane for FRONT drop off and pick up.

Use the RIGHT traffic lane for BACK drop off and pick up.

Pick your student up in the SAME AREA you dropped them off and make sure your child knows where to meet you.  

PLEASE  make sure your child knows if they are in the FIRST pick up group (Oldest child’s last names L-Z) or the SECOND pick up group (Oldest child’s last names A-K)

Should we find it necessary to make adjustments to this plan in order to be more efficient, we will communicate that to you. Please drive safely and be patient as we figure this out together. I am confident by working together we can make this process smooth and efficient for everyone. 

Thank you for understanding that due to medical privacy laws, we are not able to release names of individuals with COVID-19, close contacts, or the specific reasons for our precautionary step 

We must continue the good work we have done this past year, wear masks, keep distant, and follow all Department of Health guidelines: https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19.

If your child has any symptoms he/she should stay home. On Friday Vermont reported the highest single-day case count since this pandemic began.  We all want our children in school; we all will work together to be safe and stop the spread of the virus.  

Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Many thanks for your cooperation. 

Sincerely,

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3.24.21 – LTS Communication Re: Children Attending Childcare

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Communication from Lyndon Town School
8:30 pm, Wednesday 3/24/21
Robo Email from Amy Gale to all parents
To: LTS Community
From: Amy Gale, principal
RE: Children attending childcare

A number of you have reached out to ask if your child should go to daycare. We do not have
enough information to give you a recommendation.
At this time we do not have enough information to narrow the contacts to specific classrooms.
Contact tracing needs to be completed.
What we can tell you is that we are concerned enough to have all students stay home from
Lyndon Town School tomorrow..
We understand this is ambiguous, however as soon as we have more information we will share
it with you. Tomorrow, Thursday March 25th we will provide an update.

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3.24.21 – Lyndon Robo Call Re. Covid Positive Test and Remote Learning

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RE: Robo Call to ALL LTS Families
From: Amy Gale
Hello Parents of Lyndon Town School Students
This is Principal Amy Gale with an important message. Please listen to the entire message.
Today, Wednesday, March 24, 2021, we learned that a person within the LTS community has
tested positive for the Coronavirus. We are working with the VT Department of Health regarding
this information.


As a precautionary measure we are pivoting the entire school to remote learning for Thursday,
March 25. No students will be in the building for learning on Thursday.
Our return to school on Friday will be dependent on the completion of contact tracing and the
information we receive from the Vermont Department of Health. Students should use the
remote learning paper packets which were sent home earlier this year, for their learning
activities for the day on Thursday. All students should spend time reading. Teachers will be
reaching out to check in with students via phone calls or electronic means if available.
If you would like breakfast and lunch for your student on the remote day, it can be picked up at
the school. Please call and we will have it ready for you.


Thank you for understanding that, due to medical privacy laws, we are not able to release
information about 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 urge everyone to take action to help limit the spread of COVID-19. The recent uptick in cases
locally is a strong reminder that we must continue to
● 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.

Thursday afternoon I will communicate an update to you from our school office regarding the
return date for students. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at
(626-3209) agale@kingdomeast.org

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Fourth grade student cohort pivots to remote learning

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COVID Survey

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Vermont Agency of Education

The Vermont Agency of Education, in partnership with the Vermont Department of Health, is seeking information to assist with planning a potential COVID-19 vaccine deployment to school staff. The AOE has designed a brief survey to be completed by school staff, in which they will indicate the SU/SD/Independent School where they work, their age range, if they have certain health conditions and whether or not they would be interested to receive the vaccine if it were offered for free in their district or school.

Participation in the survey is voluntary and anonymous. No personally identifiable information (i.e. name, date of birth) will be gathered. The survey is not a registration and completing it does not constitute signing up for or declining a vaccine. This survey is open to all school employees at public and independent schools. Front line contractors (e.g. food service, bus drivers, etc.) will be considered for vaccination, but should not complete the survey at this time.Please share this survey with your staff and encourage them to complete by 4:30 p.m. on March 1, 2021, at which point the survey will be closed to additional responses.

Survey Share Link:
https://www.cognitoforms.com/VermontAgencyOfEducation/_2021AgencyOfEducationVaccinationSurvey
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