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Frequently Asked Questions

The below content is from Superintendent James Culkeen.


The following questions were developed from the Family Survey on Remote Learning 2, which was closed on 7/28/20. To view an answer, please click on the question in bold.

School Care is an opportunity for Kindergarten-6th grade students to receive supervision while engaging in remote learning. Although students will physically be in a school building, no in-person teaching will be happening. This is simply a way for essential workers to receive free child care during the school day.


This opportunity is possible through a Hub Grant, given by Vermont Afterschool and supported by Governor Phil Scott in an effort to support working families during this time of remote learning.


As the only organization in Bennington County to receive this grant, SVSU is permitted to support approximately 165 students.


Please note that meals will be provided for all participating students. No transportation will be available at this time.
Please call your school for more information on how to sign up! If you are a family in need, please reach out as soon as possible.

Families/caregivers can opt-out of the SVSU plans for Phase II and III by requesting a full remote learning plan. If you would like to request opting out of in-person instruction for your student, print, fill out, and return the following document to the SVSU Central Office. Applications are also available to be picked up at the SVSU Central Office. If you have any questions, please call the Family Helpline at 802-753-5828 or email fbarnes@svsu.org or cgabrus@svsu.org.
 

Students who begin with in-person instruction but find it too stressful will have the opportunity to switch to remote instruction at the beginning of the following trimester or quarter. Other arrangements may be made with the approval of the superintendent.

In the first week of remote learning, teachers and service providers will be focused on getting to know children and their families in order to build relationships to support learning throughout the year.  Case managers and teachers will be reaching out to families regarding each child’s service plan for live and remote instruction. The Distance Learning Plans included in IEPs from the Spring of 2020 will be in place until IEP services are redesigned and live instruction begins. 

Families can call the helpline at 802-753-5828 between the hours of 8:00- 10:00, 11:00-1:00, and 2:00-4:00 Monday through Friday. Call the helpline for assistance with:

  • Passwords (if the student’s teacher can’t help you first)
  • Internet access
  • Chromebooks (if you need one or if you need help with one)
  • Learning applications and resources

Please click on the link below for the Building Safety Protocols for Students. 

Building Safety Protocols- Student

Expectations for remote learning which include the attendance process for each grade span can be found on the SVSU website under Distance Learning Resources, and then Family Resource Page. Click on “Expectations for Remote New Learning” and view the appropriate document for your student’s grade span.

Please reach out to the classroom teacher if you have questions regarding the amount of screen time scheduled for your child/children. 

To view our updated SVSU Safe & Healthy Start Timeline, please click the link below.
 
For the 2020-21 school year, it is highly preferable for families to drop off their students with personal transportation. All children who are located in a school walk zone will need to walk or be transported to school by their family. In order to support the health of our community and maintain physical distancing, school buses will be running at approximately 25% capacity. Children who live outside the walk zone, whose families signed up for bussing in the August 7th Survey, or contacted their child’s school, will be provided with bus transportation. Bus routes will be posted by Friday, September 25th. Masks are required on the bus and seating will be assigned. Siblings will be permitted to share a seat.
On Monday, September 28th, we begin the Phase II Hybrid Model. Please reach out to your school if you have not received your child’s schedule, including the days the student will attend in-person instruction. As a reminder, elementary student hours are 9:30-3:00, MAU and Woodford Hollow student hours are 8:30-2:00, and PreK student hours are from 8:30-12:30. Elementary and MAU start time is an hour later to allow for teachers to connect with remote learners, staff and students to enter the building following entry safety protocols, and to allow for staff preparation for remote and in-person instruction.
 
School Contact Information:
MAUHS - 802-447-7511
MAUMS - 802-447-7541
Bennington Elementary - 802-442-5256
Molly Stark Elementary - 802-442-2692
Monument elementary - 802-447-7979
Pownal Elementary - 802-823-7333
Shaftsbury Elementary - 802-442-4373
Woodford Hollow Elementary - 802-442-4071
Early Education at Molly Stark - 802-447-8419
Early Education at Division Street - 802-440-4918
Beginning Monday, September 28, meal distribution via modified bus routes will only occur on Wednesdays. Grab and go meals will continue to be available for pickup at the Middle School on all weekdays, from 7:30-12.
Students attending in-person schooling will receive breakfast and lunch while in their buildings. These meals will continue to be prepared at the middle school production kitchen. Students are permitted to bring their own lunch if they wish.
 
Meal menus will be posted weekly on the Meals for Students tab under COVID-19 resources on svsu.org.
Plans are evolving daily. Continue to check www.svsu.org/apps/pages/COVID19 for the most up to date information.
As a reminder, it is highly preferable for families to drop off their students with personal transportation. All children who are located in a school walk zone will need to walk or be transported to school by their family. In order to support the health of our community and maintain physical distancing, and to comply with requirements under a Strong and Healthy Start Fall 2020 from the Vermont Agency of Education and Department of Health, school buses will be running at approximately 25% capacity. Children who live outside the walk zone, whose families signed up for the bus in the August 7th Survey, or contacted their child’s school, will be provided with bus transportation. Bus exceptions that may have been granted in previous years cannot be met this year. Due to COVID-19 capacity constraints on each bus, the routes and riders have been specifically assigned and cannot be altered. Please contact your child’s school if you have any further questions.