Coronavirus Update - March 20, 2020

A Message From Superintendent Tracy Wrend

We are deeply saddened by the news of expanded impacts of COVID-19 in Vermont, nationally, and globally.  All hearts and minds are needed to support those most affected, to reduce the spread, and to allow essential workers to help keep people safe and healthy. 

There are three important updates for the LSUU community.  Look for additional information regarding childcare soon.

Building Closures:
We are going to completely close Elmore School, Peoples Academy Middle Level, Peoples Academy, Stowe Middle School, and Stowe High School to all but facilities and technology staff effective 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23.

Stowe Elementary and Morristown Elementary will serve as our base for educational and essential services. While MES and SES will still be closed to the public, the two schools will serve as the location for food service prep and delivery, administrative and learning support work that cannot be completed remotely, and childcare, if needed. The Central Office will also be closed to the public but will remain operational for necessary on-site work. 

While buildings are closed, you can still reach us by phone or email as you always have.  Our health services team is ready to support you as well, and you may call your school or reach out to Director of Nursing Services Jordan Myerson at 585-4087 or [email protected]

Practice Social Distancing:
The Vermont Department of Health suggests six feet of separation for social distancing.  While our schools are closed, the Vermont Department of Health recommends: 

  • If your child is sick, keep your child home.
  • Avoid group playdates or parties indoors.
  • Avoid crowded activities (movie theaters, gymnastics, ice skating rinks, etc.), even if they’re still open.
  • Encourage teenagers to keep gatherings small. Remember, the lower the number, the lower the risk. 
  • Bring hand sanitizer with you to the playground and clean shared sports equipment regularly.

Spend time outdoors as a family or consider individual outdoor activities like biking or hiking, as it’s easier to keep a good distance from each other. Take advantage of technology to play games or keep in touch with friends. Some of these changes will be difficult, but we can all do our part to slow down this pandemic.  

Pay attention for updated information about recommended practices to help keep everyone safe and healthy.

Stay Connected:
Many have volunteered to help. Thank you. The outpouring of support from the community is truly inspiring.  You can help by connecting with neighbors and friends and supporting them directly with household needs such as food delivery.  If needed in the coming weeks, we may be able to formalize processes for volunteer supports with meal delivery, learning supports, and more.  

Caring and relationships are at the foundation of LSUU’s plans to support our students, families, and communities during this time. We will be reaching out every day to connect with every child to keep learning on track and support the well-being of our community’s children.  We are here for all of our youth and families and will support you or connect you with other agencies and resources if needed.  

This is a trying time for all of us.  As always, thank you for your patience, flexibility, and understanding as we grapple with this crisis. 

Best,
Tracy

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