Reopening Barre Schools
July 31, 2020
Dear students and families,
I am writing to announce our plan to return students to school this fall. Your principals, teachers, administrators and I have been working on our plan to reopen schools since June. We are using guidance from the Agency of Education and the Vermont Department of Health as we make these decisions. With the number of students we have in each of our buildings and the social distancing requirements we must follow, we have decided to reopen schools with a Hybrid Model and a Virtual Learning Model. Your teachers, principals and I recognize that we need to return to full in-person operations as soon as possible. We stand ready to adjust our plans as health guidance and other factors hopefully change in our favor.
I ask that you take the time to review the Reopening Barre Unified Union School District Plan presented in this guide to help you make the choice that is best for your child(ren). We greatly appreciate your understanding and collaboration. Please don't hesitate to contact me or your school’s principal with any questions you may have.
- For students who are eligible for special education, case managers will be reaching out to families in late August to collaborate on updating IEP's as necessary.
- Special Education Evaluations that were unable to be completed due to school closure will be completed as quickly as possible once school resumes.
- At this time all IEP, evaluation, and team meetings will continue to be held virtually.
- If a family is unable to meet virtually, the team will determine alternative meeting arrangements and modalities.
- Students who have underlying chronic medical conditions will have their individual needs assessed by a collaborative team including the school nurse.
- BUUSD employees working with students who require instruction or related services that involve hands-on work or other interventions in close proximity may wear personal protective equipment (PPE) in order to keep themselves and the students safe. This could include gowns, gloves, face shields, and other necessary PPE.
When someone is sick
- Any individual who shows any signs or symptoms of illness must stay home.
- Parents are encouraged to contact their school nurse if their child is home ill with any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. Individuals should not return to school unless they are fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication and have consulted with their school nurse.
- Students and employees with any of the following new symptoms, unrelated to chronic conditions, of COVID-19 must remain home:
- Fever or chills
- Known close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19
- Measured temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater
- Nausea or vomiting
- New loss of taste or smell
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- or Sore throat.
- Any student or employee who begins to exhibit COVID-19 like symptoms must report to the school nurse immediately.
- Isolation rooms have been identified in all schools for individuals demonstrating COVID-19 symptoms.
- The school nurse will assess the student and call a family member when it is appropriate to request that the child be picked up immediately.
- If a student or employee has symptoms of COVID-19 and has had a test, they should rest at home and not come to school until they receive their results.
If someone tests positive for COVID-19
- Any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 or who shows any signs or symptoms of illness must stay home to recover and protect others from getting sick.
- The Vermont Department of Health (VDH) is notified whenever someone tests positive for COVID-19 in Vermont. The VDH will call their school or workplace to follow up with next steps.
- The school nurse and/or school administration will contact any individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to advise them on necessary steps and procedures to be followed before their return to school.
- The state does not require complete school closure due to a positive COVID-19 test. However, entire classrooms, building wings, and/or bus routes may be impacted. Decisions about closures will be made based on guidance from the AOE.
- All areas used by an ill person will be closed off and not used until after cleaning and disinfecting.
- When necessary and deemed appropriate, the district will communicate with staff and families to provide general information about the situation. However, information released will be limited as it is critical to maintain confidentiality.
- If an individual student is required to quarantine, they will be provided the option to transition into remote learning, if physically able, and those days will not be counted as absences.
- If a classroom or multiple classrooms are required to quarantine due to a positive test, impacted students will transition into remote learning during the quarantine period. If a student is physically able to participate, those days will not be counted as absences.