(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

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The newsletter addresses returns, summer loan, and summer reading challenge.

(06-24-2020) Summer Meals

Families and Community Members, 

    Starting on Thursday, June 25th, from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm, curbside pick up for meals will be available. The service will run on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Each meal will have enough food to cover the off days. 

If you have been receiving meals this spring, you will notice a difference in what is being offered. For the purpose of summer meals, Willy Walker and his crew from So. Royalton and Bethel will be making the meals. Lin Ann Perry, Sharon’s food service director, Carmen Colon, Sharon’s food service assistant, and Matt Moore, Sharon’s food delivery driver deserve a much-needed break as they have made and delivered countless meals for families during our COVID shut down. I think you will be very happy with what is provided as Mr. Walker has been a chef and successful caterer for many years. Parents and caregivers can pick these meals up from Sharon Elementary School from 11 am until 1 pm on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. 

    If you have not been accessing the meals, but would like to start now, please email me at khaley@sharonelementary.org so that we can put you on our list and plan accordingly. 

Also, if you are unable to pick up your meal during the curbside time, there is an option for a later pick up via a cooler that will be placed outside the building. If this is an option that you would like, please indicate so in your email to me. 

    Finally, this service is for any family that has children that are 18 years of age or younger. Please do not hesitate to access this opportunity. The food is good, I can attest to that! 

If you have any questions, please contact me. 

Sincerely, 

Keenan Haley
Principal
Sharon Elementary School

(06-16-2020) Summer

Parents, Caregivers, and Community Members,

    As we close out the 2019-2020 school year, I want to thank all of you for your dedication, support, and fortitude during our unusual year. Before COVID hit, I knew already what wonderful families you all were. But, in the face of a pandemic that brought on distance learning, I have an even higher level of respect and appreciation for all of you. 

    None of us could have predicted what we were going to experience starting in March. It threw many of us out of our comfort zone and to a place that caused anxiety, stress, and fear. As we all went through this, I witnessed parents and caregivers take on the role that teachers typically play. I know that this was not an easy task. But, I was amazed at the ability of parents and caregivers to take on this challenge. 

    As we move into summer mode, I’m going to take some time to reflect on what we experienced. I’m going to ask the staff to do the same. We have learned a lot. Not knowing exactly what school will “look” like in the fall, we need to take what we’ve learned during distance learning and start to plan for our fall no matter what occurs. 

    I will also be sending out a survey to the community to get feedback on what worked and didn’t work. I’m looking for constructive feedback that we can use when we move forward with plans for next year. 

    We will be providing lunches throughout the summer. If you would like to access them, please email me directly at khaley@sharonelementary.org This will be done through curbside pick up on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11 a.m until 1 p.m. If the hours for pick up do not work for you, we will have a cooler outside that can be accessed for later pick ups. Please note of the day changes for pick up as compared to the distance learning time period. 

    I encourage parents and caregivers to visit our website, sharonelementary.org for more information about our Summer Reading Program. Finally, I hope everyone can take some time to enjoy the summer. I will keep folks informed about our plans for the fall as soon as I learn more from the Task Force. As always, reach out to me with any questions you may have. I remain enormously hopeful that we will solve all problems and overcome all challenges that we face, together. 

Respectfully, 
Keenan Haley

(06-09-2020) Survey

Dear Families,The WRVSU Covid Task Force is seeking to collect feedback from you about your experience during the school shutdown.
If you would please share your thoughts in this brief survey by the end of the week.
https://forms.gle/RAskjDQfAAfnEetA9
Your responses will help inform the work of the Task Force in formulating recommendations for next year.
Thank you, 
Keenan Haley

(06-03-2020 5 pm)

Dear Community Members,

    We have been trying to figure out an appropriate way to end our school year. We had explored the idea of a town parade but came to the conclusion that it is just not safe at this time. The reality of our location near the interstate on and off-ramp, along with road closures in town, traffic issues, construction happening under the interstate, and social distancing guidelines have all led us to this conclusion.
Instead, we will have an alternative celebratory video that the teachers have created sent out to families. I know that this may cause some disappointment, but the safety of students, parents, and community is always at the forefront of our minds. 

I thank you in advance for your respect on this decision.

Best,
Keenan Haley
Principal

(06/01/2020 – 6 pm)

Families and Community Members, 

    I hope this letter finds everyone well. I have been in contact with our incoming Superintendent, Jamie Kinnarney, about preparations for the 2020-2021 school year. While we are still unsure as to how the school will function based on COVID-19, there is a working task force that’s been organized to plan for it. Please read the following statement from Mr. Kinnarney concerning this task force:

Good Afternoon-

The Covid-19 Task Force has membership from across the 8 schools of the WRVSU and includes all stakeholder groups (student, parent/guardian, medical, teachers, staff, administration, and board).  We have a thirty member committee that is charged with providing overarching recommendations for how we safely approach teaching/learning in one of the three models:

a) reopening with in-person instruction and guidelines from the Governor’s Office/Agency of Education

b) reopening in a hybrid model of in-person and virtual learning

c) continuing or suddenly moving to virtual learning throughout the 20-21 school year

I plan to have regular updates shared with the greater WRVSU community as the group continues their work.  We are hopeful that we will have plans/procedures in draft form for each individual school to use in August with planning/preparation for the fall.  The desire to participate has been tremendous, and we will be sending out surveys in order to gather feedback from all stakeholders as we move forward with planning/preparing.  

As always, please email me directly with further questions/concerns,

Jamie Kinnarney
Incoming Superintendent of Schools, WRVSU 

    As we continue to evolve, please take advantage of Mr. Kinnarney’s offer to contact him with any questions/concerns that you may have. His email is: jkinnarney@wrvsu.org.  You can also contact me if that is better for you. Our goal is to provide our children with an enriching and safe learning environment. How we do that remains to be seen, but as you can tell, we are working on it. Look for updates and surveys soon. 

Be well, 

Keenan Haley
Principal
Sharon Elementary