Superintendent Update - June 8th, 2021

Dear Parents and Caregivers:

It is hard to believe that we made it to our last week together. We could not have been successful with a 5-day week for all students who wanted to be in-person without the cooperation of staff, students and all of you. I appreciate the way everyone pitched in to make this work. Our students deserve a summer break. I hope the weather cooperates and everyone has a great summer! I just wanted to give a few final updates. I will communicate over the summer as changes come up.

  1. Summer Sports Camps: are available throughout the Supervisory Union over the summer. I thought it might be good for all of you to have a link to a few of them. Here are the few that we know about. I will forward others if people have the information. Here is the link. Also, the Windsor Basketball Camp flyer is attached to this message. You can see their other offerings here.
     
  2. Summer Academy: will serve close to 100 children from July 6th to August 6th. The Academy is part of our Recovery Plan. If you need any more information you can contact Katie Ahern at katie.ahern@wsesu.net
     
  3. Calendar for Next Year: We have gotten further direction from the AOE regarding Remote Days and Asynchronous Days. They released some guidance on May 28th. You can find the guidance at this link. Fortunately, we did not plan any remote days and only two asynchronous days in our proposal calendar. We need to remove the two Asynchronous Days that were following Parent Conference Days. We will either add those days to the end of the year or we will make both of the Parent Conference Days early release for conference purposes. I will send out the revised schedule by next week.
     
  4. Next Year's Daily ScheduleSchools are working on the final daily schedules for each building. This is in conjunction with student placement in classes and PODS for next year. This information will be coming out through the schools very soon if it has not been sent out already. After getting some staff and parent feedback we are adding an additional 10 minutes to the end of the day. Students will arrive between 7:50 and 8:00 AM in the morning. Dismissal will be between 2:15 and 2:25. Each school will provide some Advisory Time for students at the beginning of the day, the end of the day, or both. Teachers were used to some type of advisory/morning meeting at all levels and it was particularly effective during the Pandemic.
     
  5. After-School Programming: We are working with our staff and community partners to provide after-school programming for our students. We had to suspend this programming during the Pandemic. We have excellent Recreation Centers in two of our towns. We have vibrant after-school care through Bridging the Gap and PAWS at Windsor and Weathersfield respectively. We will provide supervision at dismissal for those students who are part of those programs. You will hear more about these programs from your local schools over the summer. We are excited about bringing them back. We also appreciate our Recreation Centers who remain open to certain age groups upon dismissal. These are great resources. 
     
  6. Next Year's COVID Guidance: We expect updates from the AOE related to COVID guidelines for the fall. You can find some of the preliminary guidance in the link I put in the link I shared above under topic #3. We are hoping for a normal opening. Much of this will depend on the vaccination rate. Vermont is leading the country in percentages of those fully vaccinated. You can find many of those statistics on the COVID-19 state Dashboard found here. Again, our goal is to open as normally as we can and to quarantine as little as we can next year. We will still have some vigorous HVAC air exchange and cleaning that will continue. I think we learned beyond a doubt that care around the transmission of any germs is helpful. We had almost no case of the flu, ear infections, strep throat etc. Our attendance rate for in-person was better than ever. We need to learn from those lessons.

I think that is it for now. We will not miss this Pandemic, but we will miss all of our kids this summer. I hope you get a chance for the much needed family gatherings. I will keep in touch over the summer. And, as I have said many times before, thank you for a job well done. 

Have a great summer and stay safe,

Dr. David Baker
Superintendent
Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union