September 25, 2020
Dear ACSD Community,
In previous communications, I’ve shared the process that ACSD has been following to determine if conditions support a return to full in-person instruction. In coordination and collaboration with districts throughout the CVSA regional group (Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties), the Vermont Department of Health, and the Agency of Education, ACSD has been assessing COVID-19 data, staffing patterns, system readiness, and state guidance to determine our readiness to bring students back fully in-person, prioritizing our youngest students.
Elementary In-Person Return
On Tuesday, Governor Scott moved the state to Step III of the Healthy Start Guidelines that direct how schools operate within the constraints of the pandemic. With this change of designation, we will be moving from our hybrid model to a fully in-person instructional model five days a week for grades pre-kindergarten through second grade (PK-2) on October 12, and grades three through six (3-6) on October 19. Elementary principals will be following today’s communication with more information to share how they will be preparing for this transition to share any vital information you may need as we approach October 12 and 19.
We also continue to look at data and state guidance regionally and locally in determining the current hybrid phase at the secondary level (MUMS and MUHS) and potential shifts to more in-person instruction. We will update our community in the weeks ahead as we assess reentry criteria.
State Health Guidance Update
Vermont schools in Step III are still maintaining most of the same health and safety protocols and practices that are currently in place. Kelly Landwehr, ACSD’s COVID-19 Coordinator, outlines the differences between Step II and Step III here.
In order to support our remote students more effectively and those students and teachers that are returning to fully in-person learning, we will be making some changes to our remote-only option. Please look for more information next week as we work on these changes. In addition, please note that with our return to fully in-person, our district-wide implementation of the Ambassador Program will be paused to allow for more consistent connection at the classroom level. Building principals will be sharing communication plans as part of this transition.
If you have not already signed your child up for transportation and would like to, please fill out this form. It is not necessary to sign up again if your child is already riding the bus. If you have any questions, please contact Brittany Gilman at email@example.com.
We look forward to welcoming back our elementary students to fully in-person learning, and want to thank our entire community for your flexibility and patience as we work to support students in the changing realities of this pandemic.