Dear Castleton Village and Elementary School Families, I am writing to inform you that we will not be able to hold school for several weeks or more at the Village School. This is due to the remediation needed as a result of the water damage sustained over the holiday weekend. We have been very clear throughout the pandemic that remote learning is not what is best for our students. To that end, we will be transitioning the Castleton Village School students to Castleton Elementary at least through February break. This will not be ideal but we strongly believe that it is what is best for our students. We fully expect to return to Castleton Village School either in late February or early March. In order to allow staff to prepare classrooms, there will not be school at Castleton Elementary and Village School on Monday, January 24th. Additionally, there will not be school at Castleton Village School on Friday, January 21st. This means no remote learning on Friday, January 21st for Castleton Village School. Staff still need to report. Beginning on Tuesday, January 25th all PreK-8 students will attend Castleton Elementary School for the immediate future. We will have Boys and Girls Club available on Monday, January 21st from 7:30-4:30 at Castleton Elementary School. Additionally, tomorrow Friday from 8:00-3:00 students may pick up their locker contents from Castleton Village School. Please access the school from the back door. Again, while this will not be ideal, we believe it to be an acceptable solution in the short term. Mr. Hall and Mrs. Prehoda will be communicating with you all on Monday as to what you can expect. I thank you for your continued support and understanding as we navigate this current situation.
about 8 hours ago, Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Families, We again thank you for your patience and understanding as we all contend with the ever changing guidance. This is happening nationwide in regards to the Return-to-Play Protocol. While it is still recommended, we no longer require the medical clearance form for your child to return to physical activity including sports, PE, and recess. We encourage you to communicate with your child’s physician after their covid diagnosis, but they will no longer be excluded from physical activity. Please let us know if your child has restrictions following their covid illness, but otherwise they will be able to participate fully in all physical activity. Again, we apologize for this change and please contact your school nurse with any questions. Sincerely, Brooke Olsen-Farrell, Superintendent
about 11 hours ago, Slate Valley
We have a basketball doubleheader scheduled for this afternoon featuring the CVS/OVS Girls basketball teams. At 5:00 the Grade 7 girls will take on Otter Valley to be lollowed at 6:00 by the Grade 8 girls also againt Otter Valley. The games will be played in the FHGS gym for those wishing to attend in person and both games will also be livestreamed here: We look forward to seeing everyone later today!
about 14 hours ago, Slate Valley
Tonight the CES/OVS Grade 5/6 basketball teams take to the court against FHGS/BVS in a basketball doubleheader. At 4:30 pm the girls game will tip off to be followed by the boys game at 5:30. If you can't join us in-person in the CES Gym you're welcome to follow along live on our YouTube channel,
about 14 hours ago, Slate Valley
Meals are available during remote learning on Thursday and Friday. Please email Kim Prehoda at if you want to pick up meals. Deadline for the email, or a call to Castleton Elementary School, 468-5624, is 5 pm today. Meals can be picked up after 9 am on Thursday.
1 day ago, Slate Valley
Good Afternoon, Tomorrow, Thursday January 20th and Friday, January 21st the Castleton Village School will be on remote learning due to ongoing remediation of water damage. If your child needs their Chromebook or other materials they may access them tonight from 5:00-7:00 p.m. via the back door of the building. Follow-up instructions on how to access remote learning will be forthcoming from Mr. Hall. Thank you for your continued cooperation and patience. Brooke Olsen-Farrell, Superintendent
1 day ago, Slate Valley
Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. If you are interested, you can visit for more information and to sign up.
2 days ago, Slate Valley
Good Afternoon, Tomorrow, Wednesday January 19th Castleton Village School will be closed again. Unfortunately, the building sustained water damage to a vital portion of the building. We will keep you posted as to the status for the remainder of the week. Thank you for your patience and understanding, Brooke Olsen-Farrell, Superintendent
2 days ago, Slate Valley
Good morning, The Castleton Village School is closed today due to a broken water line.
3 days ago, Slate Valley
Join us later this afternoon either in-person or online over on our YouTube channel,, as the CES/CVS/OVS 5/6 basketball teams take on FHGS/BVS. The girls game tips off at 4:30 and will be followed by the boys game at 5:30.
6 days ago, Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Families, Please read the following letter from Superintendent Olsen-Farrell regarding the new COVID guidance for schools:
7 days ago, Slate Valley
Please support our 8th grade trip with your patronage at Third Place Pizza on Friday, January 28th!
7 days ago, Phil Hall
Later this afternoon the CVS/OVS Grade 7/8 Girls basketball team takes to the court against Vergennes. Whether you're attending in person or virtually over on our YouTube channel,, we look forward to seeing you then!
9 days ago, Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Families, This is a message to let you know that the State has discontinued Surveillance Testing effective immediately. Therefore, there will be no Surveillance Testing tomorrow. Please stay tuned. I will be putting out our plan later this week to transition to the new Guidance on COVID Management. Thank you, Brooke Olsen-Farrell, Superintendent
9 days ago, Slate Valley
Dear Slate Valley Community, We plan to be open tomorrow (January 11th) and following our regular schedule. Thank you for your patience and continued cooperation. Regards, Brooke Olsen-Farrell, Superintendent
10 days ago, Slate Valley
Tonight - January 10, 2022 You’re invited to the Slate Valley Unified Union School District Board Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the FHUHS Library. This meeting will be in person or you may virtually connect by going to or join by phone (US) +1 219-250-4559 PIN: 684 979 835# Tonight’s Agenda: Previous Meeting Minutes: Next Board Meeting: January 24, 2022, 6:30 p.m. at Benson Village School
10 days ago, Slate Valley
Board Spotlight
Good Afternoon, All Slate Valley Schools will be closed tomorrow January 10th due to the number of COVID cases, staffing shortages and not having enough testing supplies. I will update you tomorrow afternoon on the status for Tuesday. We appreciate you patience and cooperation. Please stay well! Thank you, Brooke Olsen-Farrell, Superintendent
11 days ago, Slate Valley
Good afternoon, The weekly COVID update letter from Superintendent Olsen-Farrell is now available:
13 days ago, Slate Valley
There will be a drive-up Covid-19 vaccination clinic (no appointment necessary) on Saturday, January 8th from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Fair Haven Union High School parking lot. Pfizer for 12+ for first and second doses (and 12+ are eligible for boosters) and Moderna for 18+ will be available at the clinic. You do not need to live in the Slate Valley School District. Note: You have to meet the current eligibility requirements to receive the vaccine/booster. We are currently working to organize an evening clinic for the following week. More details will be shared as they become available.
14 days ago, Slate Valley
Reminder: There will be a Covid-19 vaccination clinic at Castleton Elementary School on Tuesday, January 11th and one at Fair Haven Grade School on Thursday, January 13th. If you are interested in having your child vaccinated you can sign-up here:
14 days ago, Slate Valley