Holiday Travel Update - November 16, 2020

Dear SAU 70 Families,

Please read the attached letter for important information about our procedures during the upcoming holiday season.

Thank you!

Jay Badams

Travel Families.pdf 

COVID-19 Notification - November 6, 2020

Dear SAU 70 Community,

Please read the attached COVID-19 notice.  We have initiated contact tracing and will provide updates as soon as possible.



COVID19 letter 11-6-2020


Transportation Update

Transportation (Updates as of October 1 are in italics)

Busing will be used for student transportation, following CDC/Public Health guidelines.  

Due to physical distancing recommendations, the capacity on our buses will be limited.  Therefore, pre-registration is required by August 18th.  A pre-registration form for parents to share their needs will be made available on August 13th.  Parents will be asked to transport children when possible.  Open ridership will be suspended until further notice.  Route and seat assignment, location, and pick-up times will be determined and communicated to parents by August 26th.  Based upon the volume of requests, routes and drop off times may be affected.

Students will be assigned seats utilizing a left and right position alternating pattern, although we know students alone in a seat will gravitate to the window side; which actually increases the distance between students side to side. There will only be 1 student per seat unless they are in the same family and then students may be seated together.  All riders will be required to wear masks.  In order to practice recommended health guidelines, hand sanitizer will be available on each bus.  Loading at campus will be managed by school personnel.  All windows on the bus will be opened to maximize airflow when possible.

We have been discussing the increased ridership needs and will after much discussion with administration, medical experts and Hanover Town Health Officer, be evolving from the original plan of 1 student to a seat unless there is familial relationship.  The Vermont and New Hampshire regulations both allow for 2 students to a seat as long as masks are being worn, a practice that we will be moving towards with a couple of caveats.  If students are traveling 15 minutes in transit or less to their stop, they may be asked to sit together and every effort will be made to place them with a cohort classmate.  If students are traveling more than 15 minutes, they will only be placed with a cohort classmate or an approved neighborhood, family friend.  Updated best practice guidelines are to arrange student seating by age group with the elementary students up front, middle school students after them and high school aged students in the back.  If we begin experiencing any higher local infection rates, we will need to revisit the plan and possibly make changes to be sure and accommodate students who live further distances from the schools.

Buses will have enhanced cleaning and sanitization by the transportation vendor - Student Transportation of America.  Bus monitors will be screening students upon entry.  Parents should remain with their elementary-aged students in case their screening makes them unable to board.  Middle and High School aged students should have a predetermined return-to-home protocol established with their parents.

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.

COVID-19 Notice, October 16

Dear SAU 70 School Community,

Please find notice of our most recently confirmed case of COVID-19 below.  We will provide additional information as it becomes available.


Jay Badams

Covid Notice 3.pdf 

Superintendent's Update - October 14, 2020

Dear SAU 70 School Community,

With the state of Vermont's recent classification of Grafton County, NH as a "yellow zone," we are working with the VT Agency of Education for clarification regarding our interstate school system's operations, including student participation in sports and other co-curricular activities.  Our initial conversations with the AOE suggest that we will be permitted to observe NH guidelines pending confirmation with the VT Agency of Commerce, and the Department of Health.  Until that confirmation, we will treat our athletic programs and our other co-curricular activities as exempted school functions.  Students from VT will be allowed to continue to participate in these activities until further notice.  We will be in touch with further information as soon as it is available.


Jay Badams


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