A Message From Superintendent Tracy Wrend

In recognition of changes to Vermont’s guidelines for travel, and to ensure all feel safe and we can preserve or expand in-person learning, we are asking for your cooperation.  We ask that:

  • Members of the school community who are not fully vaccinated refrain from non-essential travel.  Vermont guidelines still limit non-essential travel. 
  • Upon return from travel outside of Vermont, travelers stay out of school until they receive a negative test result, which should be scheduled within 3 days of return. 

All should continue to follow other Vermont guidelines regarding COVID-19.   Individuals who are fully vaccinated or who have had COVID-19 in the last 3 months do not need to stay home or test after travel.

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We are excited that Governor Scott has released the Vermont Forward Plan and the Agency of Education, in partnership with the Vermont Department of Health, released A Strong and Health Year: Safety and Health Guidance for Vermont Schools, Spring 2021 (April 8, 2021).  Both are signs of progress toward a post-COVID-19 normal and offer roadmaps for navigating the next phase of our recovery.   We are reviewing these resources now and will provide an update regarding LSUU’s steps towards more in-person learning and changes to our health and safety practices next week. 

Today, I want to highlight a change that impacts us immediately.  The Vermont Forward Phased Reopening Plan provides that, effective today, April 9, no quarantine is required with a negative test within 3 days of arrival or return to the state after cross-state travel.  There is a tremendous amount of concern and confusion about this provision.  You can expect to see the inconsistent implementation of this guidance across school systems until additional clarity is provided and the health and safety implications are discussed further.  

Because we know you have immediate plans and needs, LSUU sought expert clarification from a state official and learned that this means that an unvaccinated individual who travels can return to normal activities, including school, upon return to Vermont.  The traveler is required to get a COVID-19 test within 3 days of their return, but schools have no role in monitoring or enforcing that requirement.  We are asking your cooperation with a more cautious approach.

The schools of LSSU seek to sustain health and safety practices that are informed by data and allow all members of our learning community to feel safe coming to school.  We also need to continue to work together as a team to promote a local health context that supports in-person learning.  This is more important than ever given the rates of COVID-19 in our region, the case rates among children and teens in Vermont, and the presence of new COVID-19 variants in our area.

To ensure all feel safe and we can preserve, or better yet, expand in-person learning, we are asking for your cooperation.  We ask that:

  • Members of the school community who are not fully vaccinated refrain from non-essential travel.  Vermont guidelines still limit non-essential travel. 
  • Upon return from travel outside of Vermont, travelers stay out of school until they receive a negative test result, which should be scheduled within 3 days of return. 

All should continue to follow other Vermont guidelines regarding COVID-19.  Individuals who are fully vaccinated or who have had COVID-19 in the last 3 months do not need to stay home or test after travel.  Communication with your student’s school and Jordan Myerson (802-585-4087) is still requested when testing, for close contacts, and when someone has symptoms, as we stand ready to support your family navigate specific circumstances, and clear and complete information helps us to ensure a safe learning environment for all.  We’d like to thank you in advance for your cooperation with the requirements and our requests.  We look forward to updating plans further next week. 

Best,
Tracy

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