October 15, 2020
Dear ACSD Community,
It felt like the first day of school again for our PK-2 students as they began five days of week together with all students in their classes on Monday. Staff, students, and parents shared how exciting it was to be back together as an entire classroom community. I’m sure all PK-2 parents heard lots of news this week as your children came home to share the excitement and learning that came with expanding their class groups.
This coming week, we’ll be welcoming back grades 3-6. ACSD elementary schools continue to focus on our health and safety protocols in our classrooms to prepare for this return. Throughout the past month, we’ve been making changes to classrooms to support positive learning spaces that follow our health and safety guidelines.
Assessing Secondary Phase of Learning
Throughout the pandemic, school districts have been directed by the Agency of Education and Department of Health to adhere to the Healthy Start guidelines. These guidelines have been updated a number of times, and superintendents within our regional group (Addison, Chittenden, and Franklin Counties) have worked together to determine how to meet these requirements through the phases of learning we shared in our ACSD Reentry Plan.
At this time, all districts within our region plan to stay with the current hybrid approach, given the status of the current guidelines. We expect that this year will bring more unforeseen changes, and we will continue to assess the health and safety guidelines, our staffing capacity, and COVID-19 transmission rates to determine if a change is warranted in the future.
Food Service News!
The USDA has extended the waiver allowing all children aged 18 and under to receive school meals for free through June 30, 2021. If you have any questions about how to access meals when learning at home or in school, please contact Laura Lavacca at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-382-1738.