Please be advised
Changes to our Opening Plan will be posted on the Announcement page.
Based on the current local COVID-19 data, we propose opening fully in the fall with no virtual option. We will continue to monitor data throughout the year and update recommendations and requirements as necessary. We will meet as a Pandemic Response Committee on an as-needed basis this year. If changes in the progression of coronavirus infections occur, we will revert back to the three distinct learning models prepared by the Task Force last year with each linked to medical situations within our community.
We believe that our local epidemiology supports a plan to return to full in-classroom education, with appropriate safety measures.
Updates to the plan will be posted on the announcements page.
Please note that state and federal requirements, recommendations, or COVID-19 infection rates could change our plans.
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We recommend mandatory cloth or medical masks for all students and staff. Masks with exhalation valves are not allowed. Masks will be required for the first two weeks of school, and then the Committee will reassess. We will examine local and state transmission and infection rates, as well as vaccination rates of 80%. Accommodations should be made for those who cannot wear masks due to medical conditions. Where appropriate, eye protection/face shields in addition to masks should be used by staff where there is a likelihood of exposure to individuals with incomplete adherence to masking.
The Committee supports guidelines recommending social distancing of three feet when possible. Based on the most recent data, the demonstrated benefit from physical distancing occurs in the first three feet. The most important time for physical separation will occur when masks are removed, such as snack time and lunch time.
Focus will remain on frequent hand washing and sanitizing. Schools will offer and promote frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers, especially in instances where students share objects and equipment with others, after using the bathroom, upon returning to a classroom, and prior to eating. Hand sanitizer will be available upon entering the school, in hallways and in classrooms.
Each school will create a schedule for cleaning and disinfecting, employing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and state guidelines. All cleaning and disinfecting supplies will meet the approved EPA List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2. Teachers will have access to safe and appropriate supplies for use in their classrooms to clean surfaces as necessary. Playgrounds and athletic fields will be handled accordingly.
IF I/My Child is experiencing any of the following symptoms you must stay home:
Please notify the school of any of these symptoms. Students or staff experiencing any of these symptoms at school will be asked to put on a mask and be sent home. Students and staff may return to school after 24 hours of being temperature free without medication.
Students and adults should follow their home state mandates relating to travel restrictions and required quarantine regulations. The latest information can be found using the following links:
All students and staff are required to stay home when sick or presenting with any of the symptoms as named by the NH & VT Department of Health Guidelines and listed above.
Students and staff who are not able to attend school due to illness, should report their symptoms to the front office.
Students and staff should be excluded from school property and grounds until they are no longer considered contagious, (Students and staff are no longer considered contagious when - a note is received from a health care provider with confirmed alternative diagnosis and no fever for 24 hours without medication and respiratory symptoms are improving).
While at home, students and staff should continue to work if possible.
Students and staff with a fever greater than 100.4 F and no specific diagnosis should remain at home until they have had no fever for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications (e.g. Advil, Tylenol).
Should a student or staff member show symptoms of illness, siblings and students in their cohort do not need to be sent home if they are asymptomatic and the child has not yet been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Follow the guidelines established by the VDH & NHDHHS & CDC if a student or staff is confirmed positive with COVID-19.
Refer anyone sent home with COVID-19 symptoms to their healthcare provider; based on healthcare provider’s findings, Return To School (RTS) steps will be determined.
For students with special health and educational needs, school nurses will be a part of the planning for students in these high risk populations and their return to in person learning - especially those with special health needs.
Busing will be used for student transportation, following CDC/Public Health guidelines. Masks will be required for all riders, regardless of vaccination status. Students will need to self monitor for any signs of sickness and not ride when symptoms are present. We will no longer be utilizing monitors, student tracking or assigned seating. Students may ride together sharing a seat. Younger students will be asked to sit in the forward section of the bus.
All windows on the bus will be opened to maximize airflow when possible. Buses will maintain an enhanced cleaning and sanitization schedule by the transportation vendor - Student Transportation of America. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available on all buses.
Special education transportation will be managed in a manner similar to, and consistent with regular education. Exceptions and other arrangements will be made for students who, for medical reasons, may not be able to wear a mask.
All HVAC system filters have been removed and replaced per the manufacturer’s specifications and preventative maintenance schedule. In order to improve air filtration and overall air quality, air filters will be routinely monitored and changed on a regular basis. In areas where filters may not be able to be upgraded due to building/system constraints, other means will be used including window fans and individual HEPA filtration units to enhance air filtration. Additionally, systems will be adjusted to maximize outdoor air intake which will increase the amount of fresh air circulating throughout the rooms. Filters will be checked, cleaned, and/or changed more frequently. ASHRAE and CDC standards are being consulted.
Each school's custodial team will implement a cleaning and sanitizing plan for day and night crews based on educational models being followed (cohorting vs. increased student movement). Custodial staff time will be adjusted to include more “disinfectant crews” during the day. These crews will prioritize cleaning and disinfecting centrally located, high traffic flat surfaces and touch points (doorknobs, handrails). Bathrooms will also be cleaned and disinfected throughout the day. Additional cleaning supplies will be available in the classrooms so desk areas may be cleaned when necessary. Night crews will prioritize cleaning and disinfecting of classrooms, offices, halls and floors. Second shift custodians will use electrostatic sprayers to disinfect classrooms and other large areas.
Work groups at each of the schools, continue to review guidance documents/resources, share information about current social-emotional learning (SEL) and mental health programs and supports at each school. Targeted areas for increased focus this year have been identified, with particular focus being placed on students returning from remote to in-person learning. Additional areas being addressed are: students with disabilities (Special Education and Section 504), parent/guardian communication, and staff training around SEL and mental health.
Where required - wear a mask. Make sure your children wear masks. Provide a clean mask on a daily basis.
Practice frequent handwashing (including when putting on and taking off your mask). Use hand-sanitizer when handwashing is not an immediate option.
Practice keeping your hands away from your eyes, mouth and nose.
Monitor your family members for any signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
Stay home / keep your children home when they are sick.
Students and adults should follow their home state mandates relating to travel restrictions and required quarantine regulations.
Changes to our Opening Plan will be posted on the Announcement page.