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COVID-19 Information

This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

May 22 - Update

To the Barre School Community,
We will not be delivering meals on Monday, May 25th, as detailed in yesterday's message.

A Message to families regarding Extended School Year Services for students on Individualized Education Plans (IEPs): Some students on IEPs are eligible to receive Extended School Year services (ESY). These decisions are made by the student's IEP team on an individual basis. The IEP team for those students who qualify, would have already made the decision about ESY eligibility for this summer. While we await further guidance from the Vermont Agency of Education on ESY, we made the decision that we will not provide in-person school-based ESY services this summer, but instead will continue with the provision of remote services for those students who qualify for ESY. This decision was made in the interest of the health and safety of our students with special needs, as well as our staff, In addition to providing remote ESY instruction this summer, we will continue to work to prepare our students with special needs for a return to school in the fall. For some students this may include activities to help support their transition back to in-person instruction in the fall. Special education case managers will be reaching out to the families of any students whose special education Distance Learning Plans need amending to reflect the provision of remote ESY instruction. Thank you to parents, special education staff and teachers for the considerable and creative efforts that they have exemplified during this time of school closure.

A Message for SHS Seniors from Principal Brenda Waterhouse:

  • Although this may not have been the way our seniors expected to finish their final days at SHS, we know that they are resilient and standing tall with Tide Pride. We are working with our seniors in finishing those final projects, meeting the remaining standards and preparing for our last days "together". Many efforts are being made to make these days as special as we can, as we know that our seniors are missing the tradition of typical senior events.
  • Some ways we are celebrating our seniors include:
  • The Barre Partnership will line main street with banners of our seniors - each graduate's picture on its own banner.
  • A student created video will be shared with all seniors. The video would have been part of the Baccalaureate Ceremony. The video highlights pictures of graduates throughout their years in various contexts and one that is always a touching experience. Seniors and their parents can submit up to 10 photos to SHSSeniors@buusd.org by Thursday, May 28th
  • A display in the former Homer Fitts building store front entitled "Honoring the Past and Celebrating the Future" will highlight our seniors along with SHS memorabilia from the many years of its existence as the oldest continuously named high school in Vermont!.
  • Natalie Soffen, Athletic Director, will arrange a special newsletter highlighting our senior athletes.
  • A graduation ceremony will be held for each graduate the week of June 15. There will be two options for graduates: one will be for the graduate to receive their diploma and gift at Spaulding High School (at the SHS Auditorium doors); the other will be to have the diploma and gift delivered to them by administration. Either option is private and only for the individual student and their family.
  • The option to be held at SHS will have the graduate arrive with their family (one car per graduate) outside our auditorium, where the student will exit their car, walk up to receive their diploma, turn their tassel, and have their picture taken.
  • The option to have the home delivery will be for families that cannot attend the individual ceremony at SHS. We will encourage the graduate to wear their cap and gown, be presented with their diploma, turn their tassel, and have their picture taken - just as they would if they had come to SHS.
  • Seniors will receive more detail about signing up for a particular time slot for their graduation ceremony the week of June 1st. The pictures of graduates will later be shared out.

We are working to finalize plans for the 8th grade ceremonies for BTMES and BCEMS the week of June 8. More information will be shared next week.

We are saddened that our graduation ceremonies cannot include all of those that would like to participate and view, but our plans align with the safety guidance put out by the Agency of Education and Governor Scott, and with many of the other high schools in Vermont.

BUUSD COVID-19 webpage:
https://www.buusd.org/covid-19

Sincerely,
John Pandolfo
Superintendent of Schools
Barre Unified Union School District
120 Ayers Street
Barre, VT 05641
802-476-5011 x1017

Info on Free Meals

During this crisis we are offering free meals to anyone under age 18.  These meals are offered weekly Monday through Friday until further notice.  For more information, please click here.

Info on Child Care

The Barre Unified Union School District has shut down our Child Care for Essential Persons Program as of Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

If you need to look into additional care options, go to https://www.letsgrowkids.org/coronavirus, and scroll to the Resources for Families section. There you will find a link to submit a form indicating you are an essential worker looking for childcare.

Thank you for your understanding.

 

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