• April 17, 2020

    Dear Parents/Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,

    I am thinking about your well-being, your safety, and your courage in a time that’s unlike any we have ever experienced.

    Our school community is a special place. When I look around and see how our students, our staff, and our families are facing the challenges that are in front of us right now, I am proud and humbled by what I see. I see all of you putting relationships and caring for one another at the center. That has always been a priority in our District and it continues to be the most important priority we can hold in this moment.

    As our spring break begins April 20-24, we will take a pause in remote learning. I wanted to take a moment to update you on a few key items and point you to resources you may find valuable. 

    Continuity of Learning 

    As you may already know, our staff has been working hard these past weeks to develop our district’s Continuity of Learning Plan (CLP) for the school closure period this spring. We are following the Guiding Principles outlined by the Vermont Agency of Education.

    Meal Access 

    Our District Nutrition Services team, along with countless volunteers have been hard at work delivering both breakfast and lunch daily to our students. In preparation for the April break, staff sent home additional meals this week. During spring break, bus delivery will only operate one day (Tuesday, April 21) and pick-up locations will be open Wednesday, April 22, only.

    For more information, please see this letter that was sent to families April 14. This second letter includes information on how to ensure your family has access to healthy foods if you have experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. 

    Childcare for Essential Workers 

    Childcare for essential workers who qualify has been offered daily at Rick Marcotte Central School since March 27 by School’s Out staff. Students are enjoying activities and receiving support completing their school work. Health monitoring, social distancing, and good hygiene are being practiced in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the VT Department of Health.

    Budget/Voting 

    I truly appreciate the engagement of our entire community in the budget process this year. Thank you for your patience as we navigate how best to engage the public remotely. At their April 13 meeting, the Board decided to delay action on the proposed budget given the Governor’s recent extension of his “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order to May 15. The new, proposed re-vote date is May 28.

    Importance of Mental Health 

    Because supporting the well-being of our community during this time of incredible stress has never been more important, we have put together a Mental Health Resources for Families page with links to information we have found helpful and hope you will as well.

    A Reminder on Physical Distancing 

    With the spring break upon us and the pull to connect with one’s family and friends strong, I want to thank you for remembering the importance of both mask wearing and maintaining physical distancing guidelines. These are both methods the Governor has put into place to help stem the spread of COVID-19. Now, more than ever, we all have a critical role to play in protecting one another.

    Finally, a reminder that our connection to one another is at the center of all we do. Please stay in touch and let us know how you’re doing. We care about all of you.

    Sincerely, 

    David