Meal Pick Up Location Update (April 7, 2020)

Beginning on Tuesday, April 7th - meal pick up locations will change due to a change in the Federal/State Guidelines: Meals will be available for pick up on Tuesdays and Fridays starting at 10:00 AM until noon at the following locations:

  • Benson Village School
  • Castleton Elementary School (no longer Fair Haven Union High School)
  • Fair Haven Grade School
  • Orwell Village School

April 6, 2020 Update

Dear Parent/Guardian,

On March 17, 2020 Slate Valley educators provided students with review and/or enrichment material, and/or information for new learning assuming everyone would return to school on April 6th. As Vermont is experiencing a school closure for the remainder of the year, Slate Valley educators are preparing to move students forward with grade-level expectations in pursuit of Proficiencies and Performance Indicators upon our return from vacation, April 20, 2020.

While we know the demands on families can be difficult to juggle under normal circumstances, our current reality makes it even more difficult. Please remember we are here to help. That being said, school is still in session and that means your child is expected to engage in the remote learning process. Daily attendance will still be recorded. If your child needs to be absent from their remote learning on a given day for valid reasons (illness, etc.) please contact your child’s school or teacher. Failure of your child to participate in remote learning without an excused absence may be considered truant under our attendance policy.

With the need to transition to a longer-term distance learning plan, Slate Valley administrators and educators are using the week of the 6th to develop effective routines for communication with students and families in support of remote/distance learning and the Continuity of Learning to begin on April 20, 2020.

As part of the Continuity of Learning Plan, in effect on April 20, 2020, teachers will design learning plans that reflect the following Slate Valley GUIDELINES:

  • Students in UPK should have no more than 30-45 minutes of expected engagement per day.
  • Students in grades K-2 should have no more than an hour of work per day (total) of new learning. This does not include practice work.
  • Students in grades 3-5 should have no more than 2 hours of work per day (total) of new learning. This does not include practice work.
  • Students in grades 6-8 should have no more than 3 hrs of work per day (total) of new learning. This does not include practice work.
  • Students in grades 9-12 should have no more than 4 hrs of work per day (total) of new learning. This does not include practice work.

Slate Valley educators will be reporting on student learning during this period of remote/distance learning in the following manner:

  • UPK reporting and assessment of instruction driven by VELS and prioritizes high leverage concepts as required by the VT AOE.
  • K-5: Provide narratives on a biweekly basis to stakeholders on agreed to performance indicators and proficiencies.
  • 6-8: Address trimester 3 report cards through communication on performance indicators and proficiencies using PowerSchool. Continue using existing grading practices for class work working toward a final Pass/Fail (2.5 and higher is a Pass) by the conclusion of the school year.
  • K-8 Specials Teachers: Address trimester 3 report cards through communication on performance indicators and proficiencies using PowerSchool. Continue using existing grading practices for class work working toward a final Pass/Fail (2.5 and higher is a Pass) by the conclusion of the school year.
  • 9-12: Semester II (1/27-6/17)grades will be reported as Pass/Fail(2.5 and higher is a Pass) using scores PowerSchool when the school year concludes. A Pass earns a student credit,with the option for a “Pass” (2.5-4.0) to go into a student’s GPA.The determination of a “Pass”, TO BE INCLUDED IN A STUDENT’S GPA, will be made by the student in consultation with their parent/guardian. Communication of a “Pass” to be included in a student’s GPA will be made to the student’s School Counselor.

If you have any questions please reach out to your student’s principal, myself, or Casey O’Meara.

Thank you for your understanding and support during these challenging times,

Brooke Olsen-Farrell

Superintendent of School

March 27, 2020 Update

Dear Slate Valley Community,

I know that the Governor’s announcement last night left many of us unsettled. We are with you in this journey. We share with all of you the challenges of keeping active elementary, middle, and high schoolers entertained and motivated to complete school work at home. Between all of us in the Central Office we have 9 school aged children spanning 3rd through 12th grade keeping us grounded in the demands of facilitating remote/distance learning while also fulfilling the demands of work.

Please also know that the level of uncertainty you are experiencing working through the COVID-19 pandemic, we too are having as we find new ways to cope with the demands of a new way of living.

Slate Valley educators want you to know that our priorities are and will continue to be: health, wellness, safety, food security, and education. We will do anything we can to support you as a family, and our students, in Slate Valley.

We have developed this page on the Slate Valley website where Helpful Resources are provided for parents, students, and educators during this time of distance/remote learning. As materials are created we will continue to locate them under the “Helpful Resources for Remote Learning” on Slate Valley’s webpage.

Yesterday, the Secretary of Education released Guidance on Maintenance of Learning for Parents. I have attached his communication to this email. It can also be found on our website. We will be sending out further details on the Continuity of Learning Plan in future communications.

We also want to thank the teachers and support staff in Slate Valley for tirelessly working to support all of our students and families since the closure of school.

In the meantime, if you have thoughts or questions please feel free to reach out to your child's teacher and principal. We know the current state of life is not easy and many questions arise as we adjust to our new reality.

Please remember everyone’s health, well-being, and safety are Slate Valley’s top priorities.

In Partnership,

Brooke Farrell, Superintendent

March 23, 2020 Update - Meals During School Dismissal

Beginning on Tuesday, March 24th we will only have meal pick-up/delivery twice weekly to help maintain social distancing practices.

On Tuesdays breakfast and lunch for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be made available for pick-up or delivery.

On Fridays meals for Friday and Monday will be made available for pick-up/delivery

Meals will be available for pick up on Tuesdays and Fridays starting at 10:00 AM until noon at the following locations:

  • Benson Village School
  • Fair Haven Union High School CES (as of 4/7/20)
  • Fair Haven Grade School
  • Orwell Village School

Meals can be delivered to your home if you have a completed food delivery form on file (https://5il.co/dwgv). Please connect to your school if you have questions.

If you are getting delivery at home please leave a cooler out on your porch. This allows for a more efficient delivery process.

Meals are available to all children ages 18 or younger. You do not need to reside in our district to pick-up meals.

Please note that you can go to any of the schools listed above. You are not restricted to the school that your child attends.

Please notify staff at the pick up location if you will be picking up meals regularly and you have any special dietary needs that have medical implications that must be met.

**** Due to Federal Guidelines we are not allowed to have Castleton Elementary and Village School as pick up locations because of eligibility requirements. However all Castleton families can pick up at any of the other sites in the district. 

March 19 Update (3-19-20)
March 18 Update (3-18-20)
March 16 Update (2 of 2) (3-16-20)
March 16 Update
(1 of 2) (3-16-20)
March 15 Update (2 of 2) (3-15-20)
March 15 Update (1 of 2) (3-15-20)
March 12 Update (3-12-20)
March 11 Update (3-11-20)
February 27 Update (2-27-20) 
Letter to Parents/Guardians (2-26-20)

Important Websites
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Provides current information and resources.)
Vermont Department of Health (Provides current information and resources.)
Vermont Agency of Education (Provides current information and resources.)

Local Community Resources 
Addison County Menu of Services and Resources
Rutland County Resources and Additional Resources

Vermont Public Wi-Fi Hot Spots
Interactive Map
Additional Connectivity Resources
The map will be updated as new information becomes available. Vermonters are encouraged to send information about Wi-Fi spots to [email protected]

Vermont Department of Public Service
The Department of Public Service is collecting information and resources on the availability of Internet and telecommunications services during the COVID-19 emergency. This webpage will include information about what cable, telephone, and mobile carriers are doing to assist consumers and places where consumers can find internet access and be updated as new information becomes available.

The PSD has developed a map of libraries, local and state buildings, and schools offering free, open Wi-Fi internet access.

The following resources may be helpful as you discuss COVID-19 with children: 

Mental Health Resources

Student, Parent, Staff Counseling Resources

In this time of crisis of many unknowns and uncertainty, it can lead to an individual's mental health faltering. When people succumb to stress they become sick physically and need to seek medical help. Similarly, there are times in life when we ALL experience states of mental health stress that requires supports and strategies. 

Asking for help is an act of courage and a sign of strength, not a weakness. We want students and families to know that reaching out for help is a healthy response. Included in these resources is information to educate people on the warning signs and risk factors for suicidal behavior. There are suggestions for actions to take if you or a loved one is in a crisis situation. A list of local resource numbers is available. School clinicians and counselors are still available to provide support and answer any questions that may arise. 

Warning Signs
What You Can Do - Responding to Suicidal Behavior

As a reminder, please continue to encourage and instruct prevention habits with your children that minimize the spread of respiratory illnesses:

  • Wash your hands often-especially when you touch public surfaces (bathroom handles, pens/pencils, money, gas pumps, door knobs, shopping carts, etc.) or use hand sanitizer.
  • Clean your cell phone and keyboard regularly.
  • Use a tissue to cover your cough or sneeze then wash your hands or use hand sanitizer. If you don’t have a tissue, then cough or sneeze into your bent elbow.
  • Keep your hands away from your mouth and nose, especially if you haven’t recently washed your hands.
  • Wash your hands before eating.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home/keep your child home if you/they are sick with a fever and respiratory illness and call your doctor.
  • Drink plenty of water and get good rest which helps your body fight illness.
  • Routinely clean surfaces in your home.
  • If you are or are caring for infants, elderly or chronically ill at home, be sure to practice the above and minimize public outings.
  • Get your flu shot-it’s not too late.
  • Avoid all travel to Level 3 countries as defined by the CDC and check on other travel you are planning, to minimize your risk. Please note that if you do travel to these areas you may be asked to self isolate for 14 days. See CDC Guidance for Travelers.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Recent travel to affected area

Should you have any questions related to symptoms, please call your doctor’s office and/or the Vermont Department of Health.