Dear BUUSD Community,
All BUUSD schools will remain in fully remote operation through November break and will return to in-person learning on Monday, November 30, 2020. This includes Barre City Elementary & Middle School, Barre Town Middle & Elementary School, Spaulding High School, Central Vermont Career Center, SEA, and all Pre-K Programs. Students should continue to check their email in the morning for instructions from their teachers.
This decision has been made due to the continued spike in the COVID-19 cases in our schools and the greater Barre community. There have been recent positive cases in three of our schools and a number of students and staff have been asked to quarantine due to their risk of exposure.
We are now expecting that all individuals (students and staff) where another household member is asked to quarantine from any of the following to stay at home until the quarantine period is finished:
- Vermont Department of Health
- Healthcare Provider
- School appointed representative (COVID Coordinator, Administrator, HR, or School Nurse)
We are prepared for this pivot to remote instruction. All of our classrooms have online learning systems in place. Each of our teachers have been trained and are developing plans to teach remotely. There will still be meal delivery following the “Remote Wednesday” schedule while we are in fully remote operation. If there are any changes in the usual meal delivery schedule, we will share them with the community.
How does COVID-19 spread?
COVID-19 spreads mainly from having close contact with someone who has a COVID-19 infection. The virus is thought to spread by droplets from person to person when they speak, cough, or sneeze. Droplets travel less than 6 feet. When droplets from another person get in your mouth or nose you can inhale into your lungs. This virus can be spread by people without symptoms.
How can parents and guardians help prevent COVID-19 from spreading?
- If your child is sick, keep them home. Call your primary care provider if you or your child have symptoms of COVID-19.
- Make sure members of your household wash their hands often using soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Wear a mask in public when you cannot stay 6 feet apart from other people.
- Make sure every member of your household covers their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or their elbow and then washes their hands afterward.
- Follow the new travel guidance: As of Tuesday, November 10, a mandatory quarantine has been implemented for anyone returning to Vermont. Anyone traveling outside of Vermont for non-essential reasons will need to quarantine for 14 days. Please review the definition of essential travel and quarantine by the Vermont Department of Health and Agency of Commerce and Community Development.
We are working with the Health Department to keep our community safe.
- We continue to follow processes in the Strong and Healthy Start: Guidance for Vermont Schools.
- We will be cleaning and disinfecting the affected spaces per the Health Department guidance.
- Employees and sick children will not return to work until they are healthy.