As we wind down our second week of school, I continue to be impressed by everyone’s commitment to doing their part in order to have our school operate. Please continue to do those online health screenings each morning. Remember, if you happen to forget, just tell the first screener and they will direct you to another screener to ask the questions.
Here are a few important pieces of information for you to review:
Half Day Fridays: Once a month, on a Friday, students will be released at 12:15pm so that teachers can participate in professional development activities. On these days there is NO One Planet. All students will need to go home, or to another arranged place. The following dates are our half days when this will occur.
September 25th (next Friday)
NO HALF DAY IN FEBRUARY
Breakfast and Lunch: As you know by now, breakfast and lunch are free to all students until the end of this calendar year. The online health screening form has a section on it to sign up. Please be sure to let your child know if you are doing this. We have run into a few students who say they are not having breakfast or lunch, but are signed up on the online form. We don’t want to waste food so a quick check in with your child can help us avoid this.
Please let me know if you have any questions. And, once again, thank you for your support and dedication to your child(ren)’s education.
I can’t begin to thank everyone enough for your support as we opened the doors of Sharon Elementary on September 8th. We continue to evaluate our procedures and adjust as needed. Although it’s been quite exhausting, it’s even more exciting and comforting to have students back in school. I especially want to thank everyone who is diligent in filling out the online health screening forms. It makes a huge difference for our arrival process.
There are a few things that I would like everyone to be aware of. Please read the following and let me know if you have any questions.
Free Breakfast and Lunches:
Our free breakfast and lunch program has been extended through the end of 2020. Any child, ages 1-18, can receive breakfast and/or lunch, free of charge. We would still like folks to fill out the free and reduced paperwork as this helps us get money back from the state. If you have a child that is not in our elementary school, but would like to access the meals, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can talk about how that would work. Elementary students can sign up for lunch upon entering their classroom. If students want breakfast, please let me or another staff member know when you drop off. If your child is a bus student, the child will need to let the screener know if they want breakfast.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
After School Plans:
Please communicate with your child’s teacher about your after school plans. We are trying to make our dismissal run smoothly so folks don’t need to wait too long to pick up their child. I know many families have different schedules based on what day it is, so it’s important we know those plans.
Please be on the lookout for the family/school compact that needs to be signed. This is a requirement to have so that we can receive state funding. The compact will be coming home in your child’s backpack mail.
Unfortunately with COVID guidelines we are unable to use our microwaves at this time. In order to do so we would have to disinfect it after each use, which is not feasible during our busy day. I know this may put a kink in some lunch plans. Please plan accordingly.
Once again, thank you for your patience and understanding. We will continue to keep you updated as things unfold.
(09/07/2020) Health Screening Information
Tomorrow is the first day of school. I am beyond excited to welcome back our students after a long pause in our in-person instruction. As we are well aware, things will not be exactly the same as they were before March 15, 2020, our last day of in-person instruction for the 2019-2020 school year. What does remain the same is the staff’s passion and dedication to educating each child.
I’ve received a few inquiries from the community about the health screening form that is to be filled out daily, preferably online. In earlier correspondence, I indicated that each morning you will be emailed a link to the form. Some folks are wondering what questions will be on the form. Here is what is expected to be answered each morning.
- Name and Date
- In the past 14 days has the student traveled outside our local region, to an area that the state of Vermont requires a quarantine upon return? (If yes, the student is unable to attend for the remaining of the quarantine)
- Has the student had exposure to a person who has COVID-19 within the last 14 days? Exposure being close contact with a person who has COVID-19 within the last 14 days. Based on our current knowledge, close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before illness onset until the time the patient is isolated. (If yes, you are unable to attend)
- Has the student had any of the following COVID-19 Symptoms? If you answer YES to any of the following questions or the student’s temperature is 100.4 or greater, the student is NOT allowed to come to school today. Please contact the office. If medication was taken for a known health condition ( i.e. injury ) or a Doctor diagnosed condition please join us.
- Has the student received any fever-reducing medications, Tylenol or Ibuprofen or Aspirin within the last 24 hours?
- What range does the temperature fit into if the student has a fever? (Three ranges will be displayed)
- If the temperature is 100.4 or above the student may not attend school today. If the student’s temperature was 99.0-100.3 please follow up with the school nurse within two hours of arrival for a recheck of temperature.
- What was the student’s specific temperature? (This requires a temperature to be taken at home)
It is our hope that having this form filled out online will help speed up the morning drop off process. When you arrive at school, the first screener will ask you if you’ve filled out the online form, and if so, did your child pass? If the answer is yes, then you will be directed to a temperature check. If the child passes the temperature check, then you will be directed to the drop off zone. Please understand that the child is the only person allowed to leave the car for our K-6 student population.
If your child does not pass the screening questions or the temperature check, you will be directed to the nurse who will further evaluate your child to determine if attending school is appropriate or not.
Safety during the dropoff time is of utmost importance. Everyone in the car must be wearing a mask. Please do not pass any cars while in the dropoff line. We will do our very best to keep things moving along. We will continue to evaluate and adjust our process based on experience.
I thank everyone in advance for their patience and commitment to this important step to reopening our school.
(09/03/2020) Family Drop Off
Today during our last in-service day we came up with some adjustments related to our morning drop off. One of my biggest challenges has been how to get students dropped off and have them screened in accordance with COVID guidelines, in a timely and safe manner.
Morning drop off will take place from 8:00 am until 8:30 am. I know that many parents will have to adjust work schedules based on this. I also know that folks will want to drop their child off quickly so they can head out to work. Many of you already know that our school does not have ample parking. Please read the following procedure for our morning drop off:
- Please fill out the online screening form before leaving for school. If you are unable to do this because of internet access, please let us know so that we can provide you with a paper copy. The online screening form will be emailed to you by Monday evening.
- When arriving at school, please understand that you will need to wait in line until you get to our screening stations. The first screener you meet will ask if you’ve filled out your online screening form and if your child passed it. There are two possible results:
– Yes, they passed the screening- drive to next screening station- temperature check
– No, they did not pass the screening test- drive to see the nurse to further evaluate whether the child can come to school or not.
- There will be four temperature check stations. At the temperature station there are three possible results:
– The child’s temperature is below 99.0 degrees, proceed to drop off zone.
– The child’s temperature is between 99.0 and 100.3, drive to see the nurse for a temperature recheck.
– The child’s temperature is 100.4 degrees or above, your child cannot come to school. Please go home and call the school nurse (802-763-7425) to make a health plan by the end of the school day.
I encourage you to consider a few things:
- If you have the ability to wait to bring your child to school on the later side of the 8:00 am-8:30 am drop off time, please do.
- Have patience with this process. We cannot have cars trying to pass other cars in our small parking area. Hopefully, as we become more accustomed to the process, things will start to flow smoothly.
- Set a reminder to fill out the daily online health form every morning before you leave. The less time we spend asking the screening questions when you are at school, the more smoothly the procedure will flow.
In terms of the online form, I will be able to see the results of the questions at school. If you do not fill this form out, it will show up. So, if you forget one day, we will understand. If it becomes an ongoing problem we will refer to the In-Person Learning Agreement that everyone needs to sign.
The link to the form will be emailed to you daily, starting around 6:30 am. The email will be from Sharon Elementary. In order to access the link, open the email, and in it, you will see the link to the form. Fill the form out and hit, submit. Once you submit the form, I will be able to see the results on a spreadsheet. For families with multiple children, you will have to access the form for each student. Simply go back to the email and select the link again and fill the form out for your other child/children.
I totally understand that there will be times when folks forget to do this, especially at the beginning, as this is so new. My hope is that over time it will become a habit. If for any reason, filling out the form online is not feasible, let me know so we can arrange to get you paper copies in advance.
If you do not fill the form out, we will have to ask you all the questions while in your car, which will unfortunately slow down our screening process onsite.
So, please be on the lookout for the email the morning of September, 8th, our first day of school, and every school day after the 8th.
As always if you have any questions, please reach out. I have complete faith that we can all work together to make this process a success!
Thank you and have a safe and fun-filled Labor Day weekend!
(09/01/2020) Welcome Back Letter
I want to formally welcome you all to the 2020-2021 school year! As we are all well aware of by now, this is a start to the school year unlike any other we have experienced. It is my determination to provide a safe and joyful environment for our students to thrive in.
There are many changes that have taken place since we left school in March. I know that these changes will be challenging for some folks. I ask that everyone please have patience and understanding that what we’ve put in place is in the best interest of the health and safety of our students, staff, and community.
Teachers and staff have been busy working on developing procedures and expectations that will be taught and practiced by students from day one. I have included a handbook that will spell out some of these. Please, if at any time you have questions or concerns, contact me at email@example.com.
As you read above, the concept of joy is something that I believe needs to be instilled in all that we do. Now, that being said, I understand that not all learning or activities will feel joyful for all students, all the time, but, my desire to establish an environment where joy is at its foundation will always be my goal.
The community of Sharon has proven to be extremely supportive of its school. This support in turn has given its teachers and staff a sense of belonging. This relationship is crucial to developing a high-quality educational experience that values each student as a unique and capable individual. With a combination of social/emotional support and high academic expectations, it is our goal to develop students who are successful in and beyond the classroom.
As I write this letter on the last day of August, I am filled with anticipation, excitement, and hope as we get ready to start our year. Please review the handbook (Reopening Plan for Families – Handbook in the sidebar menu) and be on the lookout for updates.
Enjoy the rest of what summer has to offer. The staff and I will be at school continuing to prepare. Please reach out if you have any questions.
White River Valley Supervisory Union (WRVSU) Communication:
(08/20/2020) Update to Families
(08/14/2020) Letter to Families
(08/07/2020) Letter from Superintendent Kinnarney
Please read the attached letter from Superintendent Kinnarney where he answers questions and concerns, as well as information about the August 13th meeting.
White River Valley Supervisory Union would like to share the following letter regarding school opening and options for Pre-K students attending one of our public Pre-K programs.
This letter (and the included form) applies to students who would attend one of our following Pre-K programs
Bethel Elementary School
Sharon Elementary School
South Royalton Elementary School
Stockbridge Central School
After reading the letter, we ask that you then please fill out this survey ( also linked in the letter ).
With your response, we will know your preference for the fall.
If your student is returning to or newly attending a Pre-K program that is not on our list above, please reach out directly to that program for details.
We would like to share a number of documents with you today. Included here are details and descriptions of both our in-person and virtual offerings.
After reviewing those options, please use our “preference survey” to indicate your choice for in-person v. virtual options.
Finally, there is also a letter and survey about transportation.
White River Valley Supervisory Union
(07-31-2020) WRVSU – Covid-19 Superintendent Updates & FAQ
(07-17-2020) WRVSU – Latest Update on school reopening
(07-06-2020) WRVSU – Letter on Task Force and reopening of schools
White River Valley Supervisory Union – Letter from Incoming Superintendent
White River Valley Supervisory Union – Announcement on Racial and Social Justice