March 30, 2020
Dear Parents/Guardians, Staff, and Community members, On March 26, 2020, Vermont Governor Phil Scott extended the closure of all Vermont schools through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. I know that the decision to dismiss schools for the remainder of the school year was made in order to keep Vermonters safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. This action, while not unexpected, has deeply affected us all. Although we are saddened by the missed opportunity of learning together in person, we need to remember that we are here for each other as a supportive community.
While we miss our vibrant school learning environments, I am pleased to share that our staff and administrators are hard at work to apply new instructional tools and approaches in order to support, teach, and inspire all students. We will keep our relationships strong, even as we discover the new challenges and opportunities presented by remote learning.
I want to reassure our community that our District is developing a formal plan for Continuity of Learning with the Vermont Agency of Education for the remainder of the school year. Since the Governor’s order to close schools, our entire staff has been working very hard to connect with our students and support families. While our school buildings are closed this spring, we remain dedicated to our educational mission and District Ends.
As new structures are put in place for remote learning, we will keep you updated on any new changes required of us from the Governor’s Office and the Agency of Education. In the meantime, our District leadership team is building on the structures we have in place to determine how best to move forward.
For now, you can rest assured that several key supports will remain in place. These include our current remote learning activities and resources for all students, access to meals, and childcare for Essential Workers as capacity at Rick Marcotte Central School and availability of School’s Out staff allows.
We realize you may have questions about the unknowns that remain in the months to come. The Agency of Education will be providing additional clarity regarding statewide assessments, Continuity of Learning plan requirements, and whether high school graduation will be able to continue as planned. The Agency of Education is expected to make a decision on graduation before May 8, 2020.
We will work in collaboration with the Governor’s Office and the Vermont Agency of Education to find answers to these and other questions as they arise. For now, please know that we are thinking of all families, staff, students, and community members during this time.
I will send additional communications as more information becomes available. I know that this is not easy, but the resilience and unity of our community continue to inspire me.
David Young, Superintendent