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MVSD Payroll During Emergency School Dismissal

MISSISQUOI VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Payroll During Emergency School Dismissal

Statement

This procedure establishes how employees will be paid during school dismissal as mandated by the Governor’s Executive Order declaring a state of emergency for the State of Vermont in response to COVID-19.

Procedure

  1.  All employees will continue to be paid based on their current contract.
  2.  Funding of Employees:
    1. During school dismissal all employees will continue to be funded in the same manner as they are funded when there is not a school closure.
    1. Employees paid with federal funds and multiple funding sources will continue to be paid from the same sources they are paid from when there is not a school closure.

The above procedures shall be in place while the school district is closed as mandated by the Governor of Vermont.  

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Letter to MVSD Community – March 27, 2020

3/27/2020

Dear MVSD families, Faculty and Staff;

Last night we were all stunned to see that Governor Scott closed schools for the rest of the school year.  Although school leaders expected that some kind of extension of remote learning would be forthcoming, this was not the news any of us hoped to hear.

 I know that this directive will be a serious hardship on families, teachers and students.  It will also be a period of loss for us all. We will lose the joy of seeing our students and families every day.  We lose the camaraderie of teachers and leaders working together in our schools. We lose our usual connection with one another.  We will need to ensure that we work hard to minimize that hardship and loss as we plan for the next few months.

We are committed to continuing our delivery of meals to children in our communities.  Our teachers and staff have shown true dedication to our students by making sure we are able to bring food into the community.  If there are any changes to routes or drop off locations due to the spread of this virus, we will communicate those changes as publicly as possible.  

We are also committed to continuing to maintain student learning for the next few weeks.  Teachers will be working with administrators, instructional coaches, and our tech department to plan and implement the provision of remote new learning experiences.  We will be receiving guidance from the Agency of Education shortly on their expectations for continued instruction in a remote environment. More information will be coming from your school about the specific plan for your child’s classroom, grade level and schedule.  This way of delivering education is going to be a challenge for everyone, so it is important that families and teachers keep in close communication during this transition.

For those of you with High School Seniors, I know this is not the Senior Year anyone expected.  I am keenly aware of the disappointment you and your students must have at the loss of so many celebrations and activities.  We will be getting guidance about graduation requirements, graduation ceremonies and end of year activities soon. As soon as we know anything, we will share what we know.

 We will continue to put information and resources on our mvsdschools.org website, our school district Facebook page and @MissisquoiSD.  We will also use School Messenger for important updates. If you are in need of resources for your family during this time you should dial 211 to get connected to the right agencies and supports.

As difficult as this school closure is, we must remember how important it is for the wellbeing of our community members.  “We are all in this together” seems to be the phrase most used right now, but it could not be more true. We have a responsibility to care for each other during this crisis even though that involves staying apart as much as possible. Please be well and take care.

Regards,

Julie Regimbal, Superintendent

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Child Care for Essential Workers

The Governor has asked the state to gather information on those essential workers who require childcare.  The list of who is an Essential Worker can be found here:  https://vem.vermont.gov/essentialpersons.  If you work in one of those categories and cannot find care for your children, please fill out the survey below. 

Let’s Grow Kids has developed a web form to help collect information to connect the families of essential workers with child care in schools and licensed child care programs that are operating to provide services now through April 6, 2020, while school dismissal and general child care service closures are in effect.

Essential workers who need help finding child care should visit:  https://webportalapp.com/webform/essentialworkers. Families can also call 2-1-1 ext. 6, or call 1-877-705-9008 to speak to a child care referral specialist.

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Meals for Students Memo

March 17, 2020

The Missisquoi Valley School District’s Child Nutrition Program is committed to supporting our communities during the COVID-19 emergency by providing healthy and well-balanced meals to children during school closure.

As it has been announced, MVSD schools will be closed beginning on Wednesday, March 18. While schools are closed, currently through April 6th, we prepared to continue to feed our students and any children under the age of 18 in our communities at no cost to students or families. This is being accomplished under the Free Summer Food Service Program and includes breakfast and lunch meals. No application or prior approval is necessary! Menus will follow our basic ‘summer meals’ offerings. Menus will be available on the MVSD website but are subject to change based on participation and product availability.

Meals can be picked up for any children, in any of our MVSD communities, under the age of 18, at any of the following sites Monday through Friday starting Thursday March 19th and currently through April 6th:

Franklin Central School – 7:30-9:30AM (Main Parking Lot)
Highgate Elementary School: 7:30-9:30AM (Main Parking Lot)
Swanton Central School: 7:30-9:30AM (Fourth Street Parking Lot)
Missisquoi Valley Union Middle/High School: 7:30-9:30AM (Main Parking Lot)

With the support of our bus companies, we are also delivering meals along bus routes in Franklin, Highgate and Swanton Monday through Friday during this time. You do not need to be a typical “bus rider” or student of one of our schools to access these meals. Meals can be picked up for any child under the age 18 in one of these communities.

The bus delivery will be once a day Monday through Friday. Someone must come out and meet the bus at the bus stop. Maps of bus routes can be found on the MVSD website, https://www.mvsdschools.org under the COVID-19 Resources section. If you are not there when the bus arrives, a meal cannot be left. Deliveries will begin at 8:00AM and continue along the routes until completed. Breakfast and lunch meals can be picked up. On Friday, meals can also be picked up for Saturday and Sunday consumption.

Meals are being prepared in a safe and sanitary environment and will be packaged in paper bags or meal service containers.

If you have any questions or direct home delivery is needed, please contact Marnie Carlton at marnie.carlton@mvsdschools.org or Lora McAllister at lora.mcallister@mvsdschools.org or (802)868- 4967 and we will forward appropriately.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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MVSD Welcomes the New Highgate Principal, Yeshua Pastina

MVSD is pleased to announce that Mr. Yeshua Pastina has been selected as the new Principal of Highgate Elementary School. Mr. Pastina is an MVSD community member who is excited to serve as the new Principal and Instructional Leader of Highgate. Mr. Pastina’s experience as a Middle School Teacher and Instructional Coach will serve him well as he begins his new role starting July 1st, 2020.