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|Missisquoi Valley Schools are working in partnership with Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative to provide a fully remote learning option for students in grades K-12. Since staffing and resources for remote learning may be limited, we will prioritize students with medical needs. We will do our best to accommodate all learners, but cannot guarantee we will be able to honor all requests.|
This survey should be completed separately for each child in your family. Applications will be accepted until Tuesday August 11th. You will be notified of your acceptance by August 21.
A webinar explaining the VTVLC program took place on 8/6/20 and a recording will be available on our MVSDSCHOOLS.ORG website or https://www.facebook.com/MissisquoiSchools
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.
MVSD School Community;
I am sure you have heard that Governor Scott has issued an Executive Order pushing back the start of school until September 8th. I am pleased that there will be additional time for you all to plan for the return of your students. There are definitely questions that arise for all of us about our school calendar.
We still need to provide 175 student days by Vermont Statute. Only the legislature can make a change to the mandated number of student days. The legislature will be back in session on August 25th. We understand that they will be taking up this issue when they return. I expect that they will reduce the number of days required, but we do not know what that will look like. We also have no idea if the calendar will need to be adjusted in other ways to minimize the loss of instructional time. I will let you know as soon as we have answers to these questions.
We have decided that there will be a fully remote option for students who need it and potentially for some who choose that option. We are going to work with Vermont Virtual Learning Collaborative (VTVLC) to provide that option. In order to determine the level of need, we are surveying families today.
Thank you for all you do. We know how difficult this time of uncertainty is for all of you and we appreciate your patience.
SUBJECT: Schools to Reopen with Hybrid Model July 22, 2020
Dear MVSD Families,
I am writing to provide you with an update on our plans to reopen our school buildings in Franklin, Highgate, Swanton and at MVU. To start the school year, the Missisquoi Valley School District, along with all 16 school districts covering Addison, Chittenden Franklin and Grand Isle Counties who are members of the Champlain Valley Superintendents Association (CVSA), will implement a hybrid instruction model that will include both in-person and remote learning. This plan to return to school is student-centered, focused on the social-emotional and physical health and safety of our students and staff, and designed to keep our students learning at a high level. Here’s how the hybrid model will work.
- Students will be divided into two groups.
- Groups will attend school in-person two days a week and learn remotely three days a week.
- Students and staff attending in person will wear masks and practice physical distancing.
- Groups will be thoughtfully created so they best support families, including grouping family members together whenever possible.
- We are working on scheduling and will have that information to families as soon as possible.
- All students will be learning remotely on Wednesdays. We will use this day to provide individualized support to students, engage in professional learning and planning for our staff, and deep clean our buildings.
While we all agree that nothing compares to the benefits that students receive from in-person instruction, after extensively reviewing the guidance put forth by the Vermont Agency of Education (AOE), evaluating how to operationally implement those recommendations in our schools, reviewing survey submissions from our families and staff, and consulting with our reopening committee, we feel the hybrid model will best address the health and safety of our students and staff given the current health data available.
Having fewer students in the building at a time will help reduce contact with others and allow for better distancing. The smaller groups will also allow teachers and staff more time to assess the academic progress and needs of our students. With fewer students in the building, we can better help them adjust to new expectations while fostering healthy routines throughout the day, such as regular hand washing. In these pandemic conditions, it is also imperative that we continue to improve our remote systems so that we can be ready to adapt if health data requires a shift to full remote learning again.
We are also preparing to offer a remote-only/virtual learning option for families. More information regarding this option will be available soon.
We acknowledge the hardships that hybrid and full remote models may place on families, including our own faculty and staff. Although a clear majority of staff and families preferred a remote or hybrid model for the reopening of school, we know that many families were hoping for a full time option for their children. As difficult as this fall will be for everyone, it is important that you know that throughout this decision making process, the health and safety of our students and staff have been our priority. By working together, openly communicating, and being creative and flexible, we can overcome these challenges together. That said, please understand there are many moving pieces to these plans, and we will need to adapt as the situation surrounding COVID-19 evolves and we receive further guidance from the AOE and the Department of Health.
Finally, in addition to academic work, I want to assure you that our teams will work tirelessly to support your child’s social and emotional needs through this transition. School is going to look and feel different this year, and we know all of our students will need support. We are here for your children and for your family.
Julie Regimbal, Superintendent
Missisquoi Valley School District
The next board meeting, scheduled for May 5th will be held remotely.
MISSISQUOI VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Payroll During Emergency School Dismissal
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.
- All employees will continue to be paid based on their current contract.
- Funding of Employees:
- 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.
- 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.
The School Choice deadline is being postponed to April 15th due to the COVID 19 crisis.