COVID-19 Updates

All of the below messages from Superintendent James Culkeen are in regards to COVID-19, with the most current at the top.
July 31, 2020
Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union will begin the 2020-2021 school year via remote learning on September 8. Students will not be returning to school buildings at this time, but will be expected to engage in a balanced synchronous and asynchronous learning experience. As a reminder, synchronous learning is a learning event in which a group of students and an educator are engaging in learning at the same time (e.g., Zoom Morning Meeting). Asynchronous learning is the idea that students learn the same material at different times and locations (e.g., Learning practice activity posted in Google Classroom or SeeSaw).

There will be scheduled time for PreK-12 students to engage in safe, socially distant new building orientation, interventions, and programming in order to have a more progressive entry into Phase II, which will begin later in September.
Middle and High school students will engage in remote learning until the end of October. At that time we will review the most current guidance and move toward students returning for in-person instruction in either Phase II or Phase III.

Later in September PreK and elementary school students will begin to enter phase II of reopening, with 10-20% of students returning to the buildings. This population will include those whose learning needs require face-to-face instruction. The second stage of Phase II will include 50% capacity in all PreK-elementary buildings. The final stage of Phase II will include 100% of PreK-elementary students engaged in face-to-face learning. There will be a fully remote option for those families, PreK-12, who choose not to return their student to face-to-face learning.
All plans are subject to change based on updated guidance from the Vermont Agency of Education and Department of Health based on the trajectory of the virus.

We want to thank all families who completed our Survey on Fall Reopening. With 1,437 responses we were able to see representation from all SVSU buildings (Pre-K-12th grade). This information was used during the development of our reopening plan, and will continue to be considered as we move forward.

A few highlights from the results were as follows:
  • Almost 70% of survey respondents had the capacity to provide personal transportation for their child to and from school
  • Over 80% of survey respondents shared that they would be able to get their child to school without bus transportation
  • Almost 40% of respondents were interested in remote learning options for their child
  • Almost 98% of respondents had access to internet in their homes
Again, we will continue to send out communications every Friday at noon through, social media, and K-12 Alerts.
July 24, 2020
We want to thank everyone who filled out the SVSU Fall Planning Survey that closed this past Wednesday at noon. We received 1,437 responses. We are now in the process of compiling the data to support next steps along with any updates that we receive from the Vermont Agency of Education. We continue to work towards sharing the district plan the week of August 3.
July 17, 2020
The SVSU Fall Planning Team is asking for your participation in a survey about Fall Reopening. Information about the preliminary three tier plan can be found at the link below, with an accompanying survey to be completed by Wednesday, July 22 at noon. Please note that the family survey link can be found at the bottom of the informational page on the website. The faculty/staff survey will be emailed to all employee email addresses.
July 13, 2020
Please return borrowed SVSU Chromebooks and/or chargers to the SVSU Tech Services Repair Depot located at Mount Anthony Union High School. To find the Repair Depot, enter the HS circle, drive around the building to the stop sign, and turn right. The Repair Depot is located in the brick building on your left, third door from the end. Hours of operation are July 13th until July 24th Monday through Thursday from 7:00 AM until 4:00 PM and Friday 7:00 AM until 1:00 PM. Please call the helpline at 802-753-5804 for assistance. If you have already returned devices and chargers, thank you.
July 10, 2020
The Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union has established a Fall Planning Team for the 2020-2021 school year. The purpose of the team is to prepare for reopening using guidelines from the Vermont Agency of Education in order to begin the school year while focusing on safe, clean, and well-organized social distancing.
The team, made up of a diverse representation from each of our schools, is working on developing multiple plans for the coming year. Although there is not a firm plan of action to date, proposals include planning for all remote learning (phase 1), more restrictive in-person learning (phase 2), and less restrictive in-person learning (phase 3).
Moving forward, please expect weekly updates distributed on, social media, and K-12 Alerts. An update will be shared during the week of July 13 with an opportunity for families to ask questions and provide feedback. Further on, the Fall Planning Team is dedicated to the goal of providing a SVSU plan by August 1 for reopening in the fall.
Right now the most important information we need from families is up-to-date contact information. Please make sure that you have filled out the SVSU Change of Address Form found on under the Documents and Forms tab. Share your updated information with your school or call our SVSU Central Office at 802-447-7501.