Dear Parents and Guardians of Missisquoi Valley School District Students;
The purpose of this letter is to inform you about the MVSD Elementary School Choice Program. As of July 1, 2019, Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union became the unified Missisquoi Valley School District. As a single school district with four schools we are allowed some flexibility in where students can be enrolled.
The school board has determined that they will allow a limited number of students to transfer from one elementary school into another of the three participating elementary schools in our district, providing there is room. Once accepted, the student is able to attend the receiving school through the end of grade 6. It is important to note that, unless available, transportation is not provided.
If you are interested in having your child take part in the program, please complete and submit your application form by April 1, 2021. You may also call and request a copy from the superintendent’s office at 802-868-4967.
Although we hope to notify families by May 30th, due to COVID restrictions and what they may look like in the fall of 2021, we may not have a clear understanding of school capacity until much later. We will notify interested families of capacity as soon as we can be assured of conditions.
If more than the allowable number of students apply and there are limited openings, a lottery system will be used to determine the students who may transfer.
Missisquoi Valley School District has one three-year term for a school board director from each town of Swanton, Highgate and Franklin.
In order to run for school board, you must be a legal voter from a town in the Missisquoi Valley School District. For 2021, the requirement to file a petition with signatures has been waived. A candidate needs only to complete a consent of candidate form and return it to Pierrette Bouchard at Missisquoi Valley School District, 100 Robin Hood Drive, Swanton, Vermont 05488 or email to Pierrette.firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 25, 2021 by 5 pm.
At the end of September we shared a plan to bring all K-5th grade students back to in-person learning five days a week. Our schools have been moving through that process and students are being successful.
On October 23rd the Agency of Education updated their Strong and Healthy Start Guidelines for schools. In that update the physical distancing requirements have changed to allow students in PK-6th grade to be seated at a minimum of 3 feet from one another. This change will allow us to plan for students in 6th grade to return to in person learning full time.
At this time,Franklin and Highgate schools plan to move 6th grade to full time on November 16th. Swanton students will return full time the week of December 14th. Each school has a differing set of circumstances that impacts the timeline for students to return. The availability of adequate classroom space, appropriate furniture that can be placed 3 feet apart, and classroom staffing all needed to be considered in the development of this timeline.
Of course this transition depends on the success of maintaining a healthy school community, our ability to adequately staff our school and any changes in requirements form the Vermont Department of Health and Agency of Education.
Your school will be sharing more specific information with you about this grade 6 transition. We are excited to be able to serve more of our students in our schools full time.
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 thatall 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 email@example.com.
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 19th
Week of October 26th
Week of November 2nd
Week of November 9th
All Kindergarten and 1st grade students attend 4 days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Remote Wednesday
All 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 Wednesday
All Kindergarten-5th grade students attend school Monday-Thursday in-person Friday No School
Students in 2nd-5th grade stay in Hybrid Schedule
Students in 4th and 5th grades stay in a Hybrid Schedule
Due to the General Election on 11/3, Highgate Students will bein school Monday, Wednesday,Thursday & Friday with avirtual learning day onTuesday/election day.
Friday 11/13 will be a parentteacher conference day for allstudents in grades PK-6.MVU students will have noschool.
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.
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.