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August 14, 2020

Dear ACSD Community,

 

Our Action Teams have met over the last two months to work together to complete our school reentry plan to guide our work during the 20-21 academic year when living within the pandemic may force us to transition between different phases of learning. That plan is now final. The ACSD Reentry Plan: Safely and Successfully Reopening ACSD Schools provides an overview of the different phases of learning, specifics on structures and realities within each one of those phases, and a high-level overview of how ACSD plans to support students and families during this school year.

 

We expect this document to remain relatively static through the year, and will share any updates to it as guidance from the state impacts our approach to teaching and learning.

 

Our goal in starting in the hybrid model is to prioritize health and safety, provide critical in-person support to students, and familiarize ourselves with physical distancing and structures for teaching and learning in the pandemic. We will be assessing health and safety conditions in Addison County and Vermont as a whole over the course of the first month with local and regional partners and will share the criteria and decision making process we will be using to determine when a return to fully in-person makes sense for different grade levels in the coming weeks.

 

For a full copy of our ACSD Health and Safety Guidelines developed by our Health and Safety Action Team and grounded in Vermont Department of Health guidelines, please go here.

 

Childcare
Starting in a hybrid or remote model creates challenges for many of our families. We have been working with Mary Johnson Children’s Center (MJCC) to create childcare opportunities within ACSD. Weybridge Elementary School, Mary Hogan Elementary School, and Salisbury Elementary School will be our three sites where MJCC will provide childcare, including after-school care. For information on the program, please go here.

 

Food for Families
Beginning the week of August 17th, bagged groceries will be offered free to families with children ages 18 and under. No application or prior approval is needed. Breakfast and lunch groceries will be given out once a week using a drive-through pick-up style of service from a food truck called StreetGreens. This food is intended for families that have benefited from the free summer meal program, which has ended until the schools open again on September 9th. Please consider bringing bags or boxes if you can. 

 

Groceries will be available rain or shine, at the following pick-up locations on this schedule between August 17 and September 9: 

  • Salisbury Community School, each MONDAY from 11am to 12:30pm
  • Middlebury Mary Hogan Elementary School, each WEDNESDAY from 11am to 12:30pm
  • Shoreham Library, each FRIDAY from 11am to 12:30pm - NOTE that this is a different time than the summer program!

 

Thank you. We really look forward to welcoming students back to school in a few short weeks.

 

Sincerely,

Peter Burrows
ACSD Superintendent