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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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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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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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