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MAUSD Community Announcement RE: School Closures

  

Dear MAUSD Community,

Thank you for your patience as we have worked diligently to make decisions to best serve the students, staff and community of MAUSD.  This is certainly a rapidly changing, uncharted situation. We are grateful for the guidance and support that we have received from the Vermont Department of Health, the Vermont Agency of Education, and the Governor’s Office. 

On March 15 at 3:20 p.m. Governor Scott announced that statewide school closure will occur no later than Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The purpose of this message is to provide you an update of the actions the Mount Abraham Unified School District will take as it relates to Governor Scott's School Closure announcement. 

Using the guidance of Governor Scott, all MAUSD Schools will be open on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 as previously scheduled. The purpose of continuing school on these two days is to provide those families who may require it a chance to make plans accordingly. First and foremost, student attendance at school on Monday and Tuesday is a family decision. For these two days, MAUSD school attendance procedures will be waived, and no student will be penalized for not attending.  We do ask that you please communicate with your child’s school if you are choosing to keep students home.  

The MAUSD leadership team met this evening to begin planning for the closure of our schools.  We will be working with our employees over the next few days to plan for the support of our students and families during the closure of school, which begins on Wednesday, March 18. To be clear, our primary areas of focus include the well-being of our students, families, and employees. The plan that we are developing will strive to encompass all of the components that Governor Scott has referenced in his statement/press conference. 

On Wednesday, March 18th, the MAUSD Leadership Team will convene to develop a framework to address a prolonged school closure. There will be no faculty and only essential staff in the building at this time. The leadership team will use this time to develop preliminary plans to address many of the things the Governor shared in his statement. Thursday & Friday, March 19th and 20th will be work days for all faculty and staff. We will share additional information about what those work days will look like directly with faculty and staff, including relevant questions about social distancing.

At this time we are expecting to be able to offer food service to families beginning Thursday, March 19.  Our plan is to deliver meals to communities where possible and to make a drive-up option available in Bristol.  More details will be communicated when they are developed.  

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we move forward. You can expect regular communication from our district to keep you informed. We are doing all we can to make sure these priorities are taken care of to the best of our abilities. 

Sincerely,

Patrick J. Reen

Superintendent