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MVSD Reopening Guidance

INTRODUCTION

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 for the Summer and Fall of 2021.

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All summer programming will be in person this year unless an individual student plan calls for a different plan.   Our return to school in the fall will support all students K-12 in school 5 days a week for in-person learning.  

Now that Covid restrictions have been lifted, schools can only recommend that students and staff who are unvaccinated wear a mask when indoors.  This will be an individual family decision, but we can expect in our elementary schools, where most students will not be vaccinated yet, many families will elect to have their child wear a mask.  

As required by the Agency of Education, we are publishing the guidelines for reopening on our school district website.  Should you have any feedback regarding this plan, please feel free to fill out this input survey.

Thank you for your continued support of our schools.

Julie Regimbal, Superintendent
Missisquoi Valley School District

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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?

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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.

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MVU Return to Hybrid Learning

Dear MVU Families; 

As you know, on 3/11/21 MVU announced that we would be moving to remote learning for up to 28 days as a result of multiple outbreaks of COVID-19 in our MVU school community.  This was a very difficult decision to make, but one that was considered necessary given the large number of cases and close contacts who needed to quarantine.  

We are now approaching the 14 day mark after the last group of cases who were in school while infectious.  After reviewing the current case data and in consultation with the Vermont Department of Health, MVU will be returning to our Hybrid Instruction Model on Friday, March 26th.  

Franklin County still has a high positivity rate of approximately 5%.  We do expect that there will continue to be positive cases in our schools.  When that occurs we will continue to work with the Department of Health to identify close contacts and make decisions about instruction and programming.  We must continue to be vigilant in following our COVID-19 protocols and guidelines until our community no longer has a high rate of positive cases.

It is our belief that we will be able to educate our students safely in a Hybrid Model while there continues to be a high level of virus in our community.  We look forward to the time when there is less virus in our county, state guidelines begin to loosen, and we can begin the process of bringing students back to more in person learning at MVU.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at julie.regimbal@mvsdschools.org.

Many thanks,

Julie Regimbal

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Two 2021-22 School Leaders of the Year from MVSD!

The Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA) is pleased to announce the 2021-22 School Leaders of the Year. These leaders will be honored at the VPA Leadership Academy awards banquet on August 3rd, 2021 at the Stoweflake Resort.

The honorees were selected by the Executive Council of the VPA.

The Henry Giaguque Vermont Elementary Principal of the year is Dena St. Amour. Ms.
St. Amour is the principal of the Swanton Elementary School.

The John Winton Vermont Middle Level Principal of the year is Daniel Palmer. Mr. Palmer is the principal of Missisquoi Valley Middle School in Swanton, VT.