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Reopening Announcement

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.  

Sincerely,

Julie Regimbal, Superintendent

Missisquoi Valley School District

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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.

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MVSD Welcomes the New Highgate Principal, Yeshua Pastina

MVSD is pleased to announce that Mr. Yeshua Pastina has been selected as the new Principal of Highgate Elementary School. Mr. Pastina is an MVSD community member who is excited to serve as the new Principal and Instructional Leader of Highgate. Mr. Pastina’s experience as a Middle School Teacher and Instructional Coach will serve him well as he begins his new role starting July 1st, 2020.