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January 29, 2021

Dear ACSD Community,


I want to start by recognizing both how adaptable our students have been to the many pandemic limitations that have been placed on them, and how important it is for us to recognize the things that they need to be successful and well in their lives. As our Recovery Planning Team met this week to begin to develop a timeline for the work we need to do as we look to post-pandemic schooling, a central focus is social emotional wellness. We know that it is critical to assess where students are and to provide supports that are different and unique for each student. Throughout the next months, we’ll be sharing some of this work with you, including the timeline that we are developing to structure how we construct all facets of the system. 


As you may have heard, there are still no changes to current guidelines for athletics. I did hear that state leaders will be meeting soon to consider how to provide more student access to music and the arts, which is so important. At the state level, I will continue to advocate for the inclusion of music and the arts in a students’ school experiences within Vermont’s health and safety guidelines  


Meal Kit Sign Ups for February Break/Volunteer Help
Meal kit sign ups are open. We are asking families to sign up by February 3rd so that we can order the appropriate amount of food. Each vacation meal kit will have ingredients to make breakfasts and lunches for the week.  Please sign up by filling out the Meal Kit Order Form.


We are looking for volunteers to help assemble and distribute meal kits on February 10, 11, and 12. If you are able to help, please sign up using our SignUpGenius form.


Health and Safety Update
Kelly Landwehr, ACSD COVID-19 Coordinator


Last week, we shared clarification on the health and safety guidance around family gatherings and outdoor recreational activities. As you enjoy outdoor recreation activities this winter and moving into the Spring, remember to be mindful of following all infection mitigation rules including wearing masks, maintaining 6 foot physical distancing and not being around others if you are ill. These are all still incredibly important to follow even when outside; this means kids and adults from different households shouldn’t be riding ski lifts together, riding on the same sled, or other scenarios where six foot distancing breaks down. 


Peter Burrows
ACSD Superintendent