April 1, 2020

COVID-19 School District Preparedness Update 2


DATE: 03-13-2020

 

March 13, 2020

 

 

Dear Hartford Community,

 

This is my second update to inform you about the school district’s preparedness for dealing with COVID-19. Information pertaining to the spread of the virus is changing rapidly and I will make every attempt to update you more frequently. I understand this is a stressful situation for all of us and you need to know as much as possible so you can plan for your family.

 

Please know the district is taking every precaution recommended by the Agency of Education (AOE) and the Vermont Department of Health (DOH) to prevent the virus from entering our schools. This includes additional cleaning in all areas of the schools, including the school buses. It also means restricting student activities outside of the district and afterschool and limiting school functions to no more 50 people. Additional information will be forthcoming later this weekend about more restrictions to our regular programs and activities.

 

District staff has been investigating our preparedness to continue educating students, should we need or are forced to close schools. We have developed this survey for you to complete so we know more about how we can work with students if they are not physically present in our schools. The decision to close schools will not be mine alone to make. The AOE and the DOH must be consulted if there is an imminent threat to student safety from the Corona Virus in the District. So far, there has not been a confirmed case in the school district. If there is a need to close schools, you will be notified as far in advance as possible and through the same manner as a weather-related closure. It would be prudent for everyone to put some thought into how your household would manage a prolonged school closure of two weeks or more, if necessary. We will do everything we can to prevent the need for any closure but our priority is keeping everyone safe. We are aware of the hardship this would present on some of our families and are considering those needs carefully in our planning.

 

Last and most important please do everything you can to stay healthy. If you or someone in your household is sick, please stay away from others. If your child is sick, please keep them home from school. If they arrive at school ill, we will need to send them home. Please consult your medical provider if you are concerned about your illness or have concerns you have been in contact with the virus or are showing any symptoms associated with the virus.

 

The school district has created a special tab on our website that has lots of information about the Corona Virus and district preparedness. There are also several resources from our district counselors about how to talk with your children about the virus. Please visit the page at http://www.hsdvt.com/covid-19

 

In closing, thank you for supporting the schools and each other as we try to deal with this unprecedented issue. I will be in touch again as soon as I have new information to share.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Tom DeBalsi

 

Cc. Hartford School Board of Directors

Kevin Christie, Chairmen

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 13, 2020

 

 

Dear Hartford Community,

 

This is my second update to inform you about the school district’s preparedness for dealing with COVID-19. Information pertaining to the spread of the virus is changing rapidly and I will make every attempt to update you more frequently. I understand this is a stressful situation for all of us and you need to know as much as possible so you can plan for your family.

 

Please know the district is taking every precaution recommended by the Agency of Education (AOE) and the Vermont Department of Health (DOH) to prevent the virus from entering our schools. This includes additional cleaning in all areas of the schools, including the school buses. It also means restricting student activities outside of the district and afterschool and limiting school functions to no more 50 people. Additional information will be forthcoming later this weekend about more restrictions to our regular programs and activities.

 

District staff has been investigating our preparedness to continue educating students, should we need or are forced to close schools. We have developed this survey for you to complete so we know more about how we can work with students if they are not physically present in our schools. The decision to close schools will not be mine alone to make. The AOE and the DOH must be consulted if there is an imminent threat to student safety from the Corona Virus in the District. So far, there has not been a confirmed case in the school district. If there is a need to close schools, you will be notified as far in advance as possible and through the same manner as a weather-related closure. It would be prudent for everyone to put some thought into how your household would manage a prolonged school closure of two weeks or more, if necessary. We will do everything we can to prevent the need for any closure but our priority is keeping everyone safe. We are aware of the hardship this would present on some of our families and are considering those needs carefully in our planning.

 

Last and most important please do everything you can to stay healthy. If you or someone in your household is sick, please stay away from others. If your child is sick, please keep them home from school. If they arrive at school ill, we will need to send them home. Please consult your medical provider if you are concerned about your illness or have concerns you have been in contact with the virus or are showing any symptoms associated with the virus.

 

The school district has created a special tab on our website that has lots of information about the Corona Virus and district preparedness. There are also several resources from our district counselors about how to talk with your children about the virus. Please visit the page at http://www.hsdvt.com/covid-19

 

In closing, thank you for supporting the schools and each other as we try to deal with this unprecedented issue. I will be in touch again as soon as I have new information to share.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Tom DeBalsi

 

Cc. Hartford School Board of Directors

Kevin Christie, Chairmen

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 13, 2020

 

Dear Hartford Community,

This is my second update to inform you about the school district’s preparedness for dealing with COVID-19. Information pertaining to the spread of the virus is changing rapidly and I will make every attempt to update you more frequently. I understand this is a stressful situation for all of us and you need to know as much as possible so you can plan for your family.

Please know the district is taking every precaution recommended by the Agency of Education (AOE) and the Vermont Department of Health (DOH) to prevent the virus from entering our schools. This includes additional cleaning in all areas of the schools, including the school buses. It also means restricting student activities outside of the district and afterschool and limiting school functions to no more 50 people. Additional information will be forthcoming later this weekend about more restrictions to our regular programs and activities.

District staff has been investigating our preparedness to continue educating students, should we need or are forced to close schools. We have developed this survey for you to complete so we know more about how we can work with students if they are not physically present in our schools. The decision to close schools will not be mine alone to make. The AOE and the DOH must be consulted if there is an imminent threat to student safety from the Corona Virus in the District. So far, there has not been a confirmed case in the school district. If there is a need to close schools, you will be notified as far in advance as possible and through the same manner as a weather-related closure. It would be prudent for everyone to put some thought into how your household would manage a prolonged school closure of two weeks or more, if necessary. We will do everything we can to prevent the need for any closure but our priority is keeping everyone safe. We are aware of the hardship this would present on some of our families and are considering those needs carefully in our planning.

Last and most important please do everything you can to stay healthy. If you or someone in your household is sick, please stay away from others. If your child is sick, please keep them home from school. If they arrive at school ill, we will need to send them home. Please consult your medical provider if you are concerned about your illness or have concerns you have been in contact with the virus or are showing any symptoms associated with the virus.

The school district has created a special tab on our website that has lots of information about the Corona Virus and district preparedness. There are also several resources from our district counselors about how to talk with your children about the virus. Please visit the page at http://www.hsdvt.com/covid-19

In closing, thank you for supporting the schools and each other as we try to deal with this unprecedented issue. I will be in touch again as soon as I have new information to share.

Sincerely,

Tom DeBalsi

 

Cc. Hartford School Board of Directors

Kevin Christie, Chairman