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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.  

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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.