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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
  • 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

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.