Dear PAML Families,
Happy New Year!
We are off to a super smooth start in 2022. Despite what you may be hearing in national or regional news our COVID cases and staff absences remain at reasonable levels and the systems we have in place to keep it this way are working! I have been reminding everyone this week that the best thing we can do to get through this next chapter of the pandemic are the same things we have always done.
- Wear a mask
- Stay home when sick
- Follow current Department of Health Guidance
Given the current context of the virus the only addition to what’s listed above is to consider having your student wear a more protective mask such as “KN95” or “N95 Equivalent.” These masks are typically available wherever you are currently getting masks from. Proper mask wearing is probably the best thing we can do to keep the virus at bay in our schools. Please help us by making sure your student has a mask that fits them and remind them to wear their mask over their nose and mouth. We are always happy to provide mask breaks for anyone that needs them.
You will see below that we have temporarily paused spectators for athletics for the time being. This district has deemed this a necessary step to keep our athletic schedule moving forward and safe for students. Personally, I find our youtube channel a great way to spectate PA and PAML athletic events. I’ve included the link below.
Finally, I’m thrilled to share that our 8th grade math teacher Charlotte Eberts welcomed a new baby girl to the world this week. Charlotte will be on maternity leave through the end of the year. We wish her and her family the best. Dawn Knight will be taking over for Charlotte. Dawn has been working in the classroom in a support role since the beginning of the year so we expect this transition to occur smoothly. We are currently finalizing plans for Dawn’s replacement in the support role. We are so happy to have been able to fill these roles with qualified individuals.
Thank you for continued support
Matt Young, Principal
Please mark your calendars with these important dates:
1/10-Session Start for Unbound (No Unbound the week of January 3)
1/17-No School For Students
Local vaccine clinic information (information on how to register here: Vermont Department of Health (VDH) website.)
- Morristown Elementary Dose 2 Date – 01/07/2022
Athletics Update – Due to the current increase in COVID-19 cases in our state and community, we are pausing all spectators at any event that takes place at home games or in any LSUU building for the next two weeks starting today, January 5, 2022. Our goal is to preserve the season for our athletes and live streaming will be available when possible. We have made this decision in conjunction with other local districts in the Winooski Valley Region. We appreciate your support as we navigate this current situation while keeping the best interests of our students and community at the forefront.
Live Stream For Home Basketball Games Here (links to away games can be found on the schedule spreadsheet when they are available)
New VDH Guidance – The Vermont Department of Health (VDH) has recently updated their guidance around close contacts and quarantine requirements. The FDA has also just announced that those 12 and up are now eligible for the booster shot.
Things to know:
- Those that have not received a booster shot and have passed six months since their last vaccine shot will be classified as close contacts that require quarantine.
- VDH Link: What to do if you are a close contact.
- If you test positive for COVID-19, follow these guidelines (This guidance is for everyone, whether you are vaccinated, boosted or unvaccinated.)
- Stay home and isolate for 5 days.
- You can leave your home on day 5 if:
- You have two negative antigen tests performed at least 24 hours apart beginning no earlier than day 4.
- You never had symptoms, or your symptoms have improved and you feel better.
- AND you have had no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medicine that reduces fevers.
- AND you wear a mask around others through day 10.
- Notify your close contacts that you have tested positive.
- VDH Link: What to do if you test positive for COVID-19.
Booster Update: As of January 3, 2022, the FDA has authorized booster shots for everyone ages 12 and up. They have also shortened the window from 6 months to 5 months from the second dose. See Frequently Asked Questions about boosters HERE.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding COVID or other health issues, please feel free to reach out.
Jordan Myerson, LSUU Director of Nursing Services
Unbound 2022 Update – It’s been a great Fall/Early Winter session for Unbound! The next session starts on January 24th and includes new opportunities for students and a unique chance to participate in a community project through River Arts. As we prepare for the next session there will be no Unbound the week we come back from break, meaning the current session has two weeks left and will continue on January 10th. I hope everyone has a great break and happy holidays.
Announcements From Working Communities Challenge (WCC)
Boosters for 12 and older – Vermonters 12-15 years old can NOW get a COVID vaccine booster shot. Boosters are highly effective at preventing serious illness from COVID-19.
- 2 months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
- 6 months after the second Moderna dose
- 5 months after the second Pfizer dose.
To sign up for a booster, visit the state site or a pharmacy website. If the state site does not allow you to sign up for a booster, register for a first shot and then tell your vaccinator this is a booster. You can also go to the Berlin Mall 8-6 every day of the week for a walk-in. Bring your vaccination card when you go to get a booster.