Dear BUUSD Families,
I am excited that BUUSD will begin its transition to increased in-person learning for elementary school students next week. Teachers will be finishing their preparations on Monday, which is a vacation day for students and an in-service day for teachers. Students in grades K-4 will be returning for in-person instruction on Tuesday, January 19th. This does not apply to K-4 students enrolled in the Virtual Academy.
Please be sure to check the In-Person Learning Plan that is posted on our website for specific information on schedules and changes to transportation. With more students returning, we will have more students on our buses. Students may have to sit three students to a seat depending on the situation, but we will keep students as distanced as possible to the best of our ability. Students will be seated by household, classroom, daycare, or grade level to avoid mixing of groups. Students are required to wear masks on the bus at all times.
Another important thing for families to keep in mind is that in-person instruction will be the only option provided for students in grades K-6 who had been attending our hybrid program. The Virtual Academy remains full for the year and our district does not have the capacity to offer other remote options for K-6 students. The staff at BCEMS and BTMES are committed to student safety and will continue to follow Vermont’s COVID-19 safety guidelines with four feet of social distancing. With our schools taking these precautions, they remain one of the safest places for our students.
I appreciate how Barre City families were flexible when BCEMS pivoted to remote learning on Thursday while we were responding to a COVID-19 case. Fortunately, the impact of that case was limited and the school returned to its regular schedule today. I do want to remind families that one of the extra precautions BUUSD is taking requires that students stay home from school if anyone in their household has been asked by their medical provider or the Vermont Department of Health to quarantine.
I know that families may still have concerns about COVID-19. I have invited Dr. Breena Holmes, a pediatrician, and director of Maternal and Child Health for the Vermont Department of Health to a question and answer forum for Families on Monday, January 25th at 6 PM. Dr. Holmes will be specifically answering questions about the safety of children at school. You can join the session at this link.
With warm regards,
Superintendent of Schools