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Student Loss

To the parents, families, and community members of the Missisquoi Valley School District,

It is with profound sadness that we write this letter to let you know that one of our students passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 7th. Our heartfelt condolences and thoughts go out to his family and friends during this unimaginable and profoundly sad time. 

During this time as the school community processes the tragic news and copes with grief, the school district will offer counseling and bereavement support services to all of our students and staff. Beginning this morning, our colleagues at Northwestern Counseling and Support Services will be available throughout the day to help support students and staff as they process this loss. Additionally, our clinical support team and school counselors will also be available to meet with individuals or groups of students, as needed.

A student death is a difficult and challenging situation that can generate a significant amount of  distress for many students. If you feel that your children are having difficulty, we encourage you to discuss their thoughts and feelings to help them work through their grief or concerns. Please also consider monitoring and discussing your children’s communications (social media, phone, e-mails, text messages) to further assess their potential needs.

If you feel that your children need to speak to a counselor or other caring adult, please do not hesitate to call our schools and let us know. Additionally, you should feel free to contact the school (868-7311 ext.144 ) for guidance on how to handle and talk about any grief or concerns that your children may be experiencing. Information is also available on the school’s website at www.mvuschool.org to help your child cope with loss. We have also included links below with information on how best to support those coping with this tragic news. 

This is a difficult time for everyone, but we know our students and staff will lean on each other as they fondly remember their classmate. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school at any time.

Sincerely,

MVU Administration, Faculty, and Staff

Tyler Megis (tyler.meigs@mvsdschools.org  ext. 147
Deb Lowe-Murrary (deborah.lowe-murray@mvsdschools.org) ext. 148
Chris Blackburn (christopher.blackburn@mvsdschools.org) ext. 149
Allison Roy (allison.roy@mvsdschools.org) ext. 257
Ella Attebury (ella.attebury@mvsdschools.org) ext. 203

Some Resources:
What a Grieving Child Needs
Helping Teens Cope
Helping Children Cope with Loss

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Expectations for Winter Sports and Events

Date: 11/5/2021
From: Julie Regimbal
To: MVSD Families
Subject: Expectations for winter sports and events

This week, 16 school districts covering Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties who are members of the Champlain Valley Superintendents Association (CVSA), announced common agreements across the region for sports and extracurricular events during the winter season.
It is recommended that all eligible student-athletes get vaccinated. Vaccination is a proven mitigation strategy and will ultimately ensure athletes can stay in school and compete safely throughout the season. If an athlete is vaccinated, they will not be required to quarantine should an exposure occur.

According to the Vermont Department of Health, while participation in the upcoming Test to Stay program will allow unvaccinated athletes to continue to participate in team-based practices during their quarantine, it will not enable involvement in interscholastic competition (i.e., games, meets or competitions).

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the following are requirements and updates for sports as well as extracurricular events in each of the CVSA districts:

Masks

Masks are required by all student-athletes, coaching staffs, referees, and spectators during indoor practices, competitions, and games, regardless of individual vaccination status. Exceptions to this are limited, but will include:

● Athletes participating in indoor track events – both practice sessions and meets/competitions – so long as physical distancing is maintained between individuals using staggered starts or other means. When not physically participating in running, masks will be worn.

● Athletes participating in wrestling, gymnastics, cheer and dance skills, and events that require inversion (i.e., wrestling, tumbling, vaulting, bars, etc.). When not physically participating in the activity masks will be worn.

Spectators

  • Spectators will be allowed this season. There is no limit on capacity as long as compliance with protocols are followed. If protocols are not followed, future games may need to have limited spectators or no spectators at all.
  • Masks remain on at all times, unless eating in the designated eating area
  • There will be signs to identify sections for seating – spectators need to take note as to what

    section they are in for purposes of contact tracing which will be done by the Vermont Health

    Department.

  • Be respectful and leave space between your family and others.

Locker Rooms

MVU Locker rooms will not be used by both visiting and home teams this winter season. Visiting athletes should come dressed and prepared to play. A space will be provided for athletes to store belongings.

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Portrait of a Graduate Kickoff Event!

change makerAre you interested in Making Change? Do you want to create a picture of what every student should become in the Missisquoi Valley School District?

Are you looking for an opportunity to share YOUR VOICE in order to make MVSD a place where ALL young people thrive?

We are forming a team of students, educators, and community members that will capture and discuss the thoughts and dreams of the MVSD community.  You are invited to join us in the shaping of our future. This is a student-led group with snacks, activities, and FUN after school.

Want to learn more?

JOIN US FOR OUR KICKOFF EVENT
OCTOBER 28TH FROM 3:30-4:30
Location (in-person): MVU, Highgate Elementary, Swanton Elementary, Franklin Central School
OR
Join us virtually Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84869495603

Meeting ID: 848 6949 5603

THERE WILL BE SNACKS AND TONS OF FUN!!

QUESTIONS? please contact MVSD After School Programs Director, Beth Ann Miller (bethann.miller@mvsdschools.org)  or Director of Curriculum, Kosha Patel (kosha.patel@mvsdschools.org

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MVSD Reopening Guidance for 2021-2022

INTRODUCTION

Dear MVSD families and staff;

Thanks to Vermont’s high vaccination rate and the rescission of all executive orders relating to COVID 19, Vermont Schools will be operating in a much more traditional fashion this Fall. Last year, students were educated remotely, in school part-time, and there were strict physical distancing protocols in place.  This year all our K-12 students will be educated in-person 5 days a week.  

We are still in the midst of this pandemic, however.  Due to the circulating and highly contagious Delta variant, the CDC recommends universal indoor masking by all students (age 2 and older), staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.

On 8/5/2021 we received a memorandum from the Agency of Education and the Department of Health with the written expectations for the COVID -19 prevention measures for Fall 2021. To keep our students and staff healthy, the Missisquoi Valley School District will be requiring the implementation of these measures.  The measures include:

Stay Home When Sick practices, Covid Testing, continued Contact Tracing and Wearing Masks inside our schools and on all school buses. Specifically, masks will be required of all students and staff when indoors and on the school bus until further notice.

As required by the Agency of Education, we are publishing the guidelines for reopening on our school district website.  That detailed plan can be accessed here.  MVSD Reopening Guidance.  Should you have any feedback regarding this plan, please fill out this input survey.

MVU will be hosting walk-in vaccine clinics in the gymnasium on August 30, September 20 and October 11th.  A full list of clinics, clinic hours and registration information can be found at healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine

As difficult as it is for us to realize we still need health and safety measures, such as masking, we have a duty of care to our students to ensure we are providing them a safe and healthy learning environment.  We were successful last school year under very difficult conditions because of the support and understanding from our families and the community.  We know that this year will be even better for our students.  We are excited to have them all back and learning in our schools full time.  We are so grateful for your continued support of our schools.

Keep well,

Julie Regimbal, Superintendent

updated 8/12/2021

 
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MVU COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

When: May 26, 2021  9am – 3pm
Where: In the MVU GYM

Or make an appointment by phone by calling the Department of Health at 855-722-7878
Monday – Friday, 8:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.,
Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

These completed forms are required on clinic day:

If you want your child to participate in a different vaccine site, you can find that information here:

List of COVID Vaccine clinics for students 12-15 years old

Here is a link to the fact sheet about the vaccine:

FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers

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Emergency Broadband Benefit program now open – May 12, 2021

What is it?

broadband

The benefit provides: A temporary FCC program to help households struggling to afford internet service during the pandemic. For additional information, Call 833-511-0311, or visit fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit

  • Up to $50/month discount for broadband service,
  • Up to $75/month discount for households on qualifying Tribal lands,
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider. 

Online Use the online application at GetEmergencyBroadband.org Emergency Broadband Support Center P.O. Box 7081 London, KY 40742 Ask your provider if they participate in the EBB, or use our online tool to find a participating company near you. T 

Who is eligible? 

A household is eligible if one member of the household:

  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain government assistance programs
  • Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch or breakfast program
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year
  • or
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020

Participating eligible Internet Providers serving Missisquoi Valley School District homes:

Franklin Telephone Co.
Consolidated Communications
Comcast  

How to Apply:

  1. Directly contact your provider,
  2. Use the online application at GetEmergencyBroadband.org
  3. By mail: Print an application, attached, and send to Emergency Broadband Support Center P.O. Box 7081 London, KY 40742
  4. Call: 833-511-0311

EBB_Application_Form_english.pdf EBB_Application_Form_SPANISH.pdf Infographic-EBB.pdf 

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MVSD Portrait of a Graduate Series

The MVSD is creating our Portrait of a Graduate. Julie Regimbal, MVSD Superintendent, explains this as coming together as a district to create “A shared set of values that you can carry around with you…like the lens through which we see everything.”


To do this, a team of 14 students and 13 adults have started the process! This team is representative of our towns (Swanton, Mississqoi, Highgate) and people who hold a mix of roles within our district (students, parents, teachers, administrators, School Board members). 


Ms. Regimbal further explains why she believes in this process: “I could just sit down and pick out things that I think are important, maybe share them with a few other principals…and we could come up with something, but it wouldn’t be meaningful, the process itself, and the fact that there’s such student voice in this process, then that makes it all the more powerful.”

The team has been meeting on zoom to lay the groundwork for what this work will look like, how we will be engaging our community together to shape these values. Stay Tuned! Here is Update 1, A conversation between 2 MVSD students, Lily Berard and Grace Cadieux, and Julie Regimbal.

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Swanton Principal Selected

MVSD is pleased to announce that Mr. Christopher Dodge has been selected as the new Principal of Swanton Elementary School.

Mr. Dodge has been a full-time elementary school administrator for 16 years.  Prior to becoming a principal, he taught second, third and fourth grade, art, and served as a school counselor for two years. Mr. Dodge is a lifelong Vermonter who enjoys spending time outside kayaking, gardening and taking long walks with his three-year-old 140-pound Bernese Mountain Dog, Jackson (named after the artist Jackson Pollock). He finds joy in making pottery and doing photography, as well as writing children’s books. Mr. Dodge’s experience as a principal and teacher will serve him well as he begins his new role starting July 1st, 2021.