Dear Barre UUSD Families, Staff, and Community,
I hope you are all keeping yourself as safe and healthy as possible given the circumstances we are under. I know that Governor Scott’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, while it creates challenges and concerns, is critical to making it through this crisis.
As the situation rapidly changes, we are all adjusting on the fly. I will outline our school district status in key areas below. As always, you can always find relevant links and comprehensive information at https://www.buusd.org/covid-19
While no official announcement has been given yet, we are operating on the assumption this will be a prolonged closure. During this time, our school staff are and will likely continue to be considered Essential Persons. At this time, almost our entire district staff are working remotely as we balance meeting the essential needs of our students with the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order.
- Teachers and other instructional staff still have access to buildings, but for only the most critical functions. Access will soon be limited to one or two entry/exit locations for each school building to minimize areas needing to be cleaned. Staff members should look for communication from their building leaders within a few days detailing entry/exit locations and procedures for teachers to follow to minimize the possibility of spread.
- A small handful of custodians will continue to staff each building for the remainder of this week at least, but starting next week we will likely transition away from staffing each building with custodians every day.
- School office staff and administrators are also transitioning to working remotely. Phones lines are monitored during normal working hours for each building; if you do not reach a live person please leave a message and you will get a return call as soon as reasonable possible. With that said, email is likely a better way to communicate when possible.
- At this point, we plan to have some staff present at the district office until further notice.
Food deliveries will continue, per the Governor’s Order. Again, we are grateful to the volunteers helping out with this effort and may seek additional volunteers as needed.
As we move deeper into efforts to minimize community spread of the virus, our Child Care for Essential Workers at Barre City School may end up closing down. We are working with families and with the state to alternatives should we get to that point and are extremely grateful to those still volunteering in this program.
Guidance has just been issued to help schools and teachers plan for remote learning through any extended period of school closure, in an effort to create some consistency across the state.
The Barre UUSD Board meets tomorrow night; you can join the meeting in person (not recommended but legally required) or access the meeting remotely at: https://zoom.us/j/689130139
Please reach out our schools or district office with any question or concern you have.
Superintendent of Schools
Barre Unified Union School District
120 Ayers Street
Barre, VT 05641