A Message From Superintendent Tracy Wrend
We are delighted to inform you of several changes to school health and safety practices and to school operations as a result of changes in guidance for schools and our local context.
For all families: Daily health screenings are to be completed at home. Greeters will still welcome your students as they get on the bus and upon arrival at school, and we can assist with screening completion if families can’t complete it at home. A temperature check is still required but should be done at home. 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 should stay out of school until they receive a negative test result, which should be scheduled within 3 days of return.
Expect students to be outside a lot! Please ensure your child is prepared to be outside in spring weather. Think about sunscreen and hats for warm, sunny days.
For Stowe Elementary School: When we return from April break, the school day at SES will begin at 8:10 a.m. Please plan ahead to adjust your morning routine for this earlier start time.
For Peoples Academy Middle Level and Stowe Middle School: All 7th and 8th grade students will attend school four days per week – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday – when we return from April break, beginning April 26. To learn more about how these updates will work at PAML and SMS, you’re invited to a FAMILY MEET on Wednesday, April 14, with Mr. Young and Mr. Morrison. There are two opportunities to learn more. The principals are offering the same information at 8:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., and you can access the meets by clicking this LINK.
We will continue to take steps to increase in-person time in small ways in all schools, such as by using Wednesdays for assessment and learning activities for some students. We will also monitor the impact of these changes in practice as well as the expanded impact of vaccinations and the prevalence of COVID-19 in our region as we plan for more together time later this spring. We are looking forward to future opportunities for larger group gatherings later this spring, especially as we plan for end-of-year events and activities such as graduation.
Please note that much of the important guidance remains in effect. All must wear masks, wash their hands frequently, stay home when sick, and practice physical distancing. The COVID-19 page on LSUU’s website will be updated soon to reflect the recent changes and reinforce the safety and health practices that we all must continue to follow. At the same time that we are relaxing our practices for health and safety, we must also remain diligent about mitigating the spread of COVID-19 so that we can safely come together to learn, plan and eventually celebrate the truly remarkable accomplishments of our students this year.