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January 15, 2021

Dear ACSD Community,


Last week, ACSD leaders came together to discuss the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on student learning to begin to build a plan to address learning gaps that have formed over the course of the last year. The pandemic has forced us to make many changes to our learning models. For some students, the impact of virtual learning and other limitations this year have had a direct impact on their learning gains. We have shared previously in our strategic plan work that closing our existing achievement/opportunity gaps is a central priority, and we know that moving out of the pandemic and assessing where we are and what supports students will need to be successful is critical.


Over the course of the second semester, we’ll be building a recovery plan that responds to our students’ social, emotional, and academic needs. We expect guidance coming from the Agency of Education to school districts throughout Vermont that will direct some of the changes we make to our teaching and learning systems and our operations. We are fortunate that ACSD educators have worked tirelessly over the last five years to build a strong curriculum within the International Baccalaureate framework. This foundation will be important as we consider how to provide direct learning supports to our students.


Look for more information in the weeks and months ahead as we gather guidance from the state and start to develop a roadmap to support success for all students in ACSD.


Health and Safety Update
Please go here for an update on health and safety from Kelly Landwehr, ACSD COVID-19 Coordinator.

Thank you.


Peter Burrows
ACSD Superintendent