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.
Will the SVSU be offering school care?
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.
What is the process to complete the Opt-Out registration?
My child is planning on attending in-person instruction when it’s available. If that becomes too stressful and the risk of exposure begins to feel too great, can we change our minds and switch my child to remote learning?
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.
How will we support students with identified needs (IEP, 504, EST)?
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.
How can I get tech help while my student is learning from home?
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
How will we respond when a student is sick?
Please click on the link below for the Building Safety Protocols for Students.
What is the attendance protocol while students are remote learning?
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.
Will my student be required to sit in front of the screen for long stretches of time?
Please reach out to the classroom teacher if you have questions regarding the amount of screen time scheduled for your child/children.
What is the timeline for a Safe & Healthy Start?
Will there be assigned seats on the bus during the week of the 28th and will everyone be required to wear a mask? When will I know the bus schedule?
Why have the school hours changed?
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
What will meals look like on the 28th? Can my child bring a lunch to school? Will menus be published and when can I find them?
What if I did not sign up to ride the bus and my circumstances have changed?