Memo from Wayne Regarding 20-21 COVID-19 Marlboro School Schedule
Introduction: The intention of this memo is to provide information to Marlboro School families regarding the 20-21 school year. Information used to guide this decision came from reflecting on the 19-20 school dismissal, receiving the first round of guidance from the AOE on June 15th, and planning with the staff during our In-service days on June 11th, 12th and 15th. Key ideas that informed our decision were:
- The lack of space within the current school building to meet CDC guidelines.
- CDC cleaning and sanitation requirements needed throughout the day.
- Recent increases in student enrollment.
- Children spending many hours in an unnatural pandemic school environment, which is very different from the one they were used to. For example,
- spending the whole day within an assigned pod
- wearing facial masks all day
- staying physically distant
- completing most school work independently and not in groups
- receiving a health screenings every morning
- and following strict protocols to reduce the spread of viruses.
- Implementing programming that allows students and families to seamlessly move into a likely school dismissal.
20-21 Marlboro School Schedule details: The Marlboro School schedule will consist of 4 days per week of in-person instruction on Tuesday through Friday. Mondays will consist of distance learning for students in grades K-8 and in-service days for the teachers. Monday was chosen as the distance learning day due to the many holidays that fall on Monday making a Tuesday-Friday week the most consistent option for in-person instruction. The hours for in-person instruction will be 8:30-2:30.
In-Service Days for teachers: During in-service Mondays, teachers will create and maintain an online curriculum to support Monday distance learning and prepare for a seamless transition to a likely dismissal. This time will also provide teachers planning and collaborating between classroom teachers, assistants and specials, which is something that cannot occur during the week when everyone is confined to their PODS. This opportunity for collaboration is essential to providing services to students receiving specialized instruction. Last, all staff will participate in professional development that focuses on improving our current and future non-pandemic programming.
20-21 Schedule change considerations:
- This schedule change will be challenging for families who need school to provide child care when they are working during the week. I know this will be a challenge for some families.
- We are looking to expand our building, which could offer in-service instruction 5 days a week. Any increases to in-service instruction will be made mid-August.
- The School Board is able to secure more school building space by providing outbuildings at our current campus or other places in the community.
If you have any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Principal Wayne Hikes the Long Trail for Social Justice
Note from the kitchen:
Thank you to all the students and caregivers who shared love and appreciation with me at the end of the school year. It has been so strange to send meals out everyday without the daily interaction and feedback from students, so thanks for taking the time to let me know how much you enjoyed receiving school breakfast and lunch at home.
I would love to gather more constructive feedback and data on the food program as I envision how it can grow and improve this coming year. I urge everyone to take a moment to fill out this survey regarding the food program. Even if you don’t regularly participate in school meals, it would be great to have you fill out the survey so I can have a better understanding of why people choose to opt out and what changes/improvements might make you consider participating.
I also wanted to keep you informed about the Universal Free Meals Program that has been in effect across Vermont since the end of March. Many of us in the state are advocating for the program to continue beyond the summertime and are hopeful our school will continue to provide free meals to all families in the fall. Studies show that universal free school meal programs increase participation, leading to better student health and learning. When participation is up, school meal programs have more resources to invest in higher quality food, including more local foods.
I will keep you updated when we have more information at the end of the summer!
Happy summer and thanks for taking the time to fill out this quick survey!
Principal: Wayne Kermenski, email@example.com
Administrative Assistant: Gail Chaine firstname.lastname@example.org
Nurse: Sara Sherritt email@example.com
Guidance Counselor: Tom Hudak "Mr. H" firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Education: Erin Crespo email@example.com
Facilities Manager: Aaron Walsh firstname.lastname@example.org
Food Service: Emily Falta email@example.com
Librarian/Technology Integration Rochelle Garfinkel: firstname.lastname@example.org