March 5, 2021
While the mid-winter break provided some much needed time to relax and recharge, I’m thrilled to have had our students and staff back in our schools this week (albeit abbreviated). As some of you may know, we received a lot of positive news this week. First, our FY22 budget passed thanks to our supportive community and the Governor announced that K-12 school staff will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine beginning March 8.
As you read my letter, you may be wondering, “Wait, where are the school happenings?” Not to worry, they’ll return next week, so stay tuned! I did want to note that the Black Lives Matter Flag raising at Gertrude Chamberlin School, initially scheduled for this morning had to be postponed due to the brutal wind chills. A new date will be chosen and communicated soon. Thanks for reading!
FY22 Budget and Articles Pass
I am happy to report that our school budget as well as all of our ballot articles passed on Town Meeting Day March 2. You can review complete Town Meeting Day election results, including the city's budget and ballot articles here. The passage of our budget as well as the $2.5 million facilities improvement bond will allow us to continue to provide the education our students and community have come to expect. The majority of the bond will be used to replace the roof at Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School. We are thankful for your support!
Welcome New Board Members!
I wanted to offer a warm welcome to our two new school board members who participated in their first school board meeting March 3. Travia Childs has been elected to the two year seat while Rebecca Day has joined the board in the three year position. They have joined the board after long time members, Elizabeth Fitzgerald and Martin LaLonde concluded their combined 26 years on the board this March. Thanks again to Elizabeth and Martin for your service! The next school board meeting will be held March 17 at 7:00 pm via zoom. You can also always stream the meetings at The Media Factory website.
COVID Update: Vaccines
Governor Scott announced March 2 the next phase of the state’s vaccine rollout to include
K-12 school staff and expanded public safety beginning March 8. We continue to receive details on vaccine options for staff from the state and have communicated information including who is and is not eligible and options for booking appointments. The state will be offering more guidance on this rollout within the coming days and we are excited our staff will have numerous options available to them. At the moment, we are continuing to follow the State's Strong and Healthy Start Guidance and will update families with any changes as they become solidified.
COVID-19 Surveillance Testing
Even with vaccines beginning for school staff, statewide voluntary COVID-19 surveillance testing will continue as a one way to monitor transmission in our schools and the South Burlington School District will participate in its fourth round of testing Tuesday, March 9. You can read more about school staff surveillance testing here.
The SB Boosters are Looking for Members
The SB Boosters are looking for members! Three of their officer positions are opening at the end of this school year. The boosters meet the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm (currently via zoom). Interested individuals can reach out to Christy Beltrami at Christy@beltramistudios.com.
Have a wonderful and safe weekend!