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Communications from Mrs. Waterhouse

April 12, 2021

Message from the Principal | Schedule to begin on April 26th | Health Screenings - To Start April 12th | Hybrid to In-Person or Fully Remote | Attendance Procedures Starting April 26th | Supports for Students

Message from the Principal

The long-awaited guidelines from the Vermont Agency of Education have been released. We are incredibly excited about these changes, as it moves us one step closer to "normal"... but we are not yet fully there. With these guidelines changing, we will be able to have all in-person learners attend simultaneously. That means students that are currently scheduled as “Hybrid” will now be In-Person five days a week until dismissal at 12:15 PM. Those students who were scheduled as “Fully Remote” will continue remotely.

With school break scheduled for next week, we are receiving many questions about families taking vacation. Vermont has released new travel guidance, effective April 9, 2021. Unvaccinated Vermonters who have traveled outside the state must be tested within 3 days of returning to Vermont. The test must be a PCR test - it cannot be an antigen test (also known as a "rapid test"). Individuals do not need to quarantine while waiting for a result, unless experiencing any symptoms. Vaccinated Vermonters do not need to get tested or quarantine. Those who have had COVID-19 within the last 3 months (90 days) and have recovered do not need to test or quarantine unless they develop new symptoms.

This newsletter will have a lot of information pertaining to the changes. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions to Brenda Waterhouse at bwateshs@buusd.org. Be safe, healthy and stay Tide strong!


Schedule to begin on April 26th

The schedule will be as follows on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays:

  • 7:20 AM Health Screening for AM block classes opens at the Auditorium Entrance - this is unchanged
  • 7:35 AM - 8:17 AM - AM Block
  • 7:45 AM Health Screening opens at the Auditorium, Gym and Main Entrances - this is a slight change to allow for the increased number of students
  • 8:20 AM - 9:15 AM In-Person Block 1
  • 9:20 AM- 10:15 AM In-Person Block 2
  • 10:20 AM - 11:15 AM In-Person Block 3
  • 11:20 AM - 12:15 PM In-Person Block 4
  • 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM Lunch (In-Person students are dismissed at 12:15 and have a free “Grab & Go” lunch available for the taking; students remaining for study hall or support must report to the cafeteria)
  • 12:45 PM -1:07 PM Remote Block 1
  • 1:10 PM - 1:32 PM Remote Block 2
  • 1:35 PM - 1:57 PM Remote Block 3
  • 2:00 PM - 2:22 PM Remote Block 4
  • 2:25 PM - 3:05 PM Reassessment/Office Hours available virtually for all learners (In-Person & Fully Remote) by appt.

The schedule will be as follows on Wednesdays:

  • 7:20 AM Health Screening for AM block classes opens at the Auditorium Entrance - this is unchanged
  • 7:35 AM - 8:17 AM Block
  • 7:45 AM Health Screening opens at the Auditorium, Gym and Main Entrances - this is a slight change to allow for the increased number of students
  • 8:20 AM - 9:15 AM In-Person Block 1
  • 9:20 AM - 10:15 AM In-Person Block 2
  • 10:20 AM - 11:15 AM In-Person Block 3
  • 11:20 AM - 12:15 PM In-Person Block 4
  • 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM Lunch & Prep (In-Person students are dismissed at 12:15 and have a free “Grab & Go” lunch available for the taking; students remaining for study hall or support must report to the cafeteria)
  • 1:00 PM - 1:15 PM Advisory (held virtually)
  • 1:15 PM - 3:05 PM Reassessment/Office Hours available virtually for all learners (In-Person and Fully Remote) by appt.

Health Screenings - To Start April 12th

We will be continuing our health screenings upon entry to school and practice/games. The health screenings will no longer have the temperature check, and the questions have been revised. The screening will now contain two questions:

  • Have you experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 24 hours? (Unrelated to chronic condition)
    • Fever (100.4 degrees or higher) or chills • Cough • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • Fatigue • Muscle or body aches • New loss of taste or smell • Nausea or vomiting • Diarrhea • Sore Throat
  • Within the past 14 days, have you been identified as a close contact and/or been asked to quarantine?

We appreciate everyone's support and adherence to the health guidelines. Students that are unable to attend in-person instruction due to the above conditions, are encouraged to attend their remote session and communicate with their teachers, so as not to fall behind.


Hybrid to In-Person or Fully Remote

If a student is currently scheduled as Hybrid and needs to shift to Fully Remote or Fully Remote to Hybrid, please contact Ry Hoffman at rhoffshs@buusd.org. Our current plan works because we have the room to accommodate our current hybrid A-Z students, in person, at 3-feet. However, we do not have the space to meet our full enrollment (if everyone came back), so we need students and families to make sure to connect with Mr. Hoffman before attempting to switch. We will accommodate all requests we can.


Attendance Procedures Starting April 26th

Attendance will be taken during each class (in-person or remote). Students will be marked “Present” for in-person and present; students will be marked “Tardy” for attending remotely. “Tardy” is later changed to “Remote Present” by the office. There will no longer be the option for remote attendance via the attendance form.

Parents and guardians will continue to receive alerts when students fail to attend. Parents and guardians should continue to call the office at 476-4811 ext. 1122 to report a student absence.


Supports for Students

Library Support, Student Support and Student Services will continue to be available from 1-3 PM (with students being able to eat lunch after block 4 dismissal), once the schedule changes. Supports are assigned through school counselors, case managers or other staff. Please contact Ry Hoffman at rhoffshs@buusd.org with any questions.

There is also a study hall option for students that will need to remain after the dismissal. This is supervised, but will not have academic support. Students and families interested in this should sign up via the survey or contact Ry Hoffman.

We are also in the process of arranging bus transportation for those that live more than a mile from the school. The bus stops will be at localized spots and not door to door. If in need of transportation, please complete the survey. Once we have the routes finalized, we will be sharing that information. This is particularly exciting, as we have not had any bus transportation for Spaulding students, and are using the ESSR funds to help students and families.