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MVSD SEL Guide

The Missisquoi Valley School District (MVSD) continues to build on our commitment to educate every child in a developmentally appropriate and holistic way. To expand on this commitment over the last 12 months, MVSD convened a district-wide team of educators from all member schools to create a Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 framework that addresses the social and emotional learning skills that every child, adolescent, and adult should obtain during their time at MVSD. 

This framework will support every child to become curious, engaged, and respectful members of their classrooms, as well as productive members of our community as they enter adulthood. This comprehensive guide focuses on the personal and social ways that all students can achieve success, while assisting our educational professionals in creating, developing, and implementing strategies that promote this development. During our summer in-service faculty and staff were provided training and professional development on the various ways that we can foster social-emotional learning in our classrooms and will continue to be provided coaching and guidance in order to enhance this work in the months and years to come. 

As this guide is the first of its kind in Vermont, we are excited to not only share this with our MVSD students and families, but also to share information about the great work taking place in our district with other schools communities across the state. If you have any questions or thoughts about this guide, please feel free to contact MVU Director of Student Affairs Steve Messier, at 868-7311 or by email at steve.messier@mvsdschools.org

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Letter to Families – The Missisquoi Valley School District In-person Transition

9/30/20
MVSD School Community:

As we shared last week our elementary school administrators have been working on a plan to increase the in-person learning of our younger students. The conditions we need to meet to bring Kindergarten-5th grade students back are:

  • The level of COVID-19 virus in our community and Vermont Department of Health guidance and data supports an increase to full in-person instruction.
  • Staffing in our schools is stable and allows us to operate reliably.
  • New routines are effective and efficient and we are able to maintain compliance with the guidance from VDH/AOE.

Right now the Vermont Department of Health, the Agency of Education and pediatricians are clear that Vermont is in an excellent position with respect to the level of COVID -19 virus in our state and region. Information about Vermont’s current level of activity can be found ​here​. The CDC guidelines for reopening schools​ are also linked.

The staffing resources available and changes needed to bring all students back into K-5 classrooms varies from school to school. There are many logistical and physical classroom changes that will need to be addressed so that we can increase in-person instruction and ensure compliance with Vermont Strong and Healthy Start Guidelines. We believe that we can meet those requirements safely by planning with our teachers and staff over the next few weeks and by bringing students back in a phased approach. All students in Grades K-5 will be in school 5 days the week of November 16.

The Missisquoi Valley School District phased in-person transition is as follows:

Week of October 19thWeek of October 26thWeek of November 2ndWeek of November 9th
All Kindergarten and 1st grade students attend 4 days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Remote WednesdayAll K-3rd grade students attend 4 days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.
Remote Wednesday
All K-5th grade students attend 4 days: For Franklin and Swanton students M,T,TH & F. Remote WednesdayAll Kindergarten-5th grade students attend school Monday-Thursday in-person Friday No School
Students in 2nd-5th grade stay in Hybrid ScheduleStudents in 4th and 5th grades stay in a Hybrid ScheduleDue to the General Election on 11/3, ​Highgate Students will be in school Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with a virtual learning day on Tuesday/election day.Friday 11/13 will be a parent teacher conference day for all students in grades PK-6. MVU students will have no school.

Students in Grades 6-12 remain in Hybrid learning model.

Students enrolled in The Missisquoi Valley Virtual Academy (VTVLC) will continue with that program.

Our administrative team will be working together in the weeks ahead to implement this timeline and maintain a safe and healthy environment in our schools. Please understand that this timeline is subject to change should there be a change in health conditions or an inability to meet the requirements to operate reliably. We will need to continue to practice our physical distancing protocols, mask wearing and hand washing hygiene to be successful with this plan.

Although there is no plan to change the Hybrid model for 6-12th grade students at this time, please know that if conditions and Vermont guidelines for schools change, we will examine ways to provide more in-person learning for secondary students.

We feel confident that this phased in approach is the best way to increase the in-person learning for K-5th grade students while maintaining safe practices.

You can expect communication from your school’s principal in the upcoming weeks with more specific information.

As always, thank you for your support and keep well.

Regards,
Julie Regimbal

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FRANKLIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SNOW PLOWING & SALTING/SANDING SERVICES 2020-2021 INVITATION TO BID

The Missisquoi Valley School District is seek- ing bids for a 1-year snow plowing contract for the 2020-2021 season (October – April) for the Franklin Central School, 15 School Street, Franklin, VT.

In addition, sanding/ salting of plowed areas and/or areas indicated in bid specifications and on bid form when needed and/or as requested with appropriate equipment. All plowing must be completed no later than 6:00am. There will be a mandatory site visit Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 at the Franklin Central School – 8:30am. Specific bid specifications and bid forms will be available at the site visit. Proof of adequate insurance must be provided prior to contracting.

If you have any questions please contact Steve Ballard, (802)285-2100 or steve.ballard@mvs- dschools.org. Bids will be accepted in person, by mail or via fax prior to October 14th at 1:00pm. Bids should be sent to:

MVSD Central Office
100 Robin Hood Drive
Suite 2
Swanton, VT 05488
Fax: (802)868-4265.

The board reserves the right to award or reject any and all bids in what appears to be in the best interest of the Missisquoi Valley School District. 

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GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT ANNOUNCES $2 MILLION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM TO HELP MORE VERMONTERS ACCESS BROADBAND

Department of Public Service Will Distribute Through Line Extension Consumer Assistance Program

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today announced that the Vermont Department of Public Service has launched a Line Extension Customer Assistance Program (LECAP). LECAP provides up to $3,000 in assistance to help consumers extend telecommunications lines to their homes, with $2 million in total funds available. 

“We know how important access to reliable internet has been during this pandemic,” said Governor Scott. “While expanding access has been a longstanding challenge in Vermont, I appreciate the efforts of the Public Service Department team, the Legislature and many private partners to help get more Vermonters connected. This assistance program is another step forward in this challenging work, which is critical to increasing equity in education heading into our school reopening this fall.”

This program was passed through Act 137 and developed in response to the COVID-19 emergency to help Vermonters access broadband.

“For the teacher or student living at the end of the dirt road with no internet access, the LECAP could be a lifeline,” said June Tierney, commissioner of Public Service. “This is a great opportunity for qualifying Vermonters who need broadband service but have not been able to afford the full cost of a line extension.” 

Access to broadband (high-speed internet service) has proved critical during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for students, patients and teleworkers accessing education, health care services and virtual offices due to closures and other pandemic mitigation measures. Hundreds of Vermonters without 25/3 Mbps broadband service live just out of the reach of current cable and other Internet Service Providers’ networks. Extending these networks to unserved and underserved areas can be expensive and the full cost can be unaffordable for those looking to take this step. 

Under this program, up to $3,000 in financial assistance is available to offset the customer cost portion of a line extension. For details about how to qualify for the LECAP, Vermonters should call the department at 800-622-4496 or visit the department’s Line Extension Customer Assistance Program webpage. All line extensions funded through this program must be completed on or before December 30, 2020. Additional information can be accessed at https://publicservice.vermont.gov

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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.