COVID-19 Updates

Below, please find links and information for the latest updates on COVID-19 and how OESU and the State of Vermont is responding.

Vermont Principal’s Association (Athletics information available here)

Vermont Agency of Education

Vermont Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control

CDC Considerations for School Closure

Vermont Department of Labor

United States Department of Education

Employee Assistance Program

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April 3, 2020

OESU

OUUSD board

Bradford, Newbury & Oxbow High School

Starting Monday 4/6, meals will be delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There will be 2 days’ worth of meals plus milk for each. They will be bagged together in black grocery bags, so each child will receive a black bag and milk. Same procedure as currently happens with picking them up at the bus stop or at Grab n’ Go at BES or NES from 11:00-12:30.

April 2, 2020

Oxbow High School

Oxbow – At 1:30 today, 4/2, the drop box will be locked until further notice. You may drop work off before 1:30. Assignments and due dates have not changed because of this closure. Teachers will help you find ways to get work to them during this closure.

April 1, 2020

Oxbow High School

OHS – The main office at OHS will close at 2 PM on April 2nd until further notice. The drop box will close at 1:30 on April 2nd. All Chromebooks must be picked up by 2 PM on April 2nd. We will notify you when the office and these services are able to resume.

Oxbow High School – Beginning on Monday, April 6th, meals will only be delivered on Mon, Wed. and Fri. Delivery will be at the same time and you will receive enough food for 7 days worth of meals.

This message is intended for all parents and students at Oxbow High School: We hope you are all well and staying home and safe. Here are some IMPORTANT details on essential functions at Oxbow High School: 1. Main Office will close on Thursday, 4/2/2020, at 2:00 PM. until further notice. This will affect schoolwork drop off and computer distribution. Schoolwork Drop Off – All school work must be handed in at the drop off box by 1:30 Pm, Thursday, 4/2/2020. Students should reach out to teachers to make arrangements for turning in work after this time. The Drop Box will be locked until further notice.Chromebooks distribution – all Chromebooks will need to be picked up by 2:00 PM on Thursday, 4/2/2020. 2. Meal deliveries will change.Meals will ONLY be delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. They will be delivered at the same time on those days. There will be NO deliveries on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Monday, Wednesday and Thursday deliveries you will receive enough food for 7 days worth of meals.Schoolwork cannot be delivered or picked up using the meals bus. 3. Students will not be allowed to enter the building to collect personal belongings left in their lockers at school until after the Stay Home/Stay Safe Order has been lifted. 4. Teachers are working on creating learning plans that focus on 3-5 learning intentions in each course. This plan will take effect on April 13, 2020. We are striving to keep the expectations clear and concise and readily available for both students and parents as we move into the continuity of learning phase of COVID-19 School Closure. STUDENTS SHOULD BE CHECKING THEIR EMAILS DAILY AND EXPECT ABOUT 2-4 HOURS OF SCHOOL WORK (FOR ALL COURSES COMBINED) DAILY. By Friday, 4/10/202, your child will have received guidance and instruction regarding this continuity of learning plan from each teacher. Please be sure they are accessing their school Google email. If they are unable to access Google, please call 802-449-7047 immediately. Please stay home and stay safe. Jean Wheeler

March 31, 2020

Blue Mountain Union School

Good Afternoon! We are emailing you to inform you about changes that have been made to the end of the third marking quarter and the start of the fourth marking quarter. The Governor and the Secretary of Education for the state of Vermont have been very clear about the difference between maintenance of learning (practicing what has already been taught/learned) versus new learning (new content/information) during this time of school closure and the move to virtual learning. So, given this information: The close of the third marking quarter (at BMU) has been moved, for grades 5-12 at BMU, to Friday, April 17, 2020. The start of the fourth marking quarter (at BMU) will be Monday, April 27, 2020. Teachers will have to have their quarter three grades finalized in Infinite Campus by Wednesday, April 29, 2020. We will then be able to generate a third quarter report card. The start date for the fourth marking quarter is with the assumption that we will still be on spring vacation the week of April 20th. If this is not the case and we are not on vacation the week of April 20th, the start date for the 4th quarter will be moved to Monday, April 20th. For now (at BMU), plan on the third quarter ending April 17th and the fourth quarter starting 4/27th. We will let you know if this changes. Stay well. Stay positive. We will all get through this situation together. We hope to see you soon! All our best to you and your families. Mr. Blood and Dr. Barone

March 30, 2020

March 27, 2020

Orange East Supervisory Union

Department of Labor Paid Leave Updates

Guidance from AOE:

(NEW) Maintenance of Learning Guidelines for Educators (3/26)

(NEW) Maintenance of Learning Guidelines for Families and Guardians (3/26)

March 26, 2020

Orange East Supervisory Union

Based on the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order last night, Secretary of Education Dan French has informed schools that they are no longer required to provide childcare for the school age children of Essential Persons.  Families who have a need for care because they’re Essential Persons may contact VCP Children’s Center in Bradford for care through April 6, per our agreement with them.  

March 25, 2020

Orange East Supervisory Union

We are awaiting more guidance from the Agency of Education regarding the Governor’s order to “stay at home”. We have been told to expect that guidance today. We will share the guidance once we receive it, as well as any changes impacting our current operations. 

March 24, 2020

The link below is to the Vermont Department of Public Service, which has links to companies like Comcast that are offering free internet for 2 months for low-income households. Comcast is also committed to serving people, even if they cannot pay their bill. Mobile phone companies are helping out and hotspots will have free access etc.

https://publicservice.vermont.gov/content/new-connectivity-resources-support-you-during-covid-19-state-emergency-vermont

Oxbow High School

To clarify: We are changing the date for the end of Quarter 3 to April 17th to allow students time to work with teachers upon returning to school. At this time, and this is subject to change, the day we are expected to return to school is still Monday, April 6th.

Due to school closure, quarter 3 at Oxbow High School will be extended to April 17th. All teachers will develop an instructional plan and communicate this information to all students and parents by Monday, March 30, 2020.

March 23, 2020

Orange East Supervisory Union seeks temporary help for the following postings. Please contact Director of Human Resources, Melanie Elliott at melanie.elliott@oesu.org or apply on School Spring.

Temporary Food Service Workers, Job ID #3249838

Temporary Food Service Managers, Job ID #3249839

Temporary Custodians, Job ID #3249842

Blue Mountain Union School

To all BMU Students/Families: 
We will not be moving forward, at least at this time, with the courier service that was announced last week.  Instead, students who wish/need to turn in work, please use the school buses during their food delivery runs.  There is a drop box in the front of the school that students can also use.  Students please be sure your work is clearly labeled with your name and the teacher’s name. 

Also, Students and families can now access the Blue Mountain library collection while they are at home.  To reserve books and arrange for delivery, please call Mrs. Davie at 757-2711 x1142, or visit the library’s page at www.bmuschool.org.

Finally, if you are receiving meals from Mark or Sue’s bus, please know their food distribution run will be 15 minutes late on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 

 Thank you. 
Mr. Blood and Dr. Barone

Oxbow High School

We hope this finds you all well. Please remind your child to check their email on a daily basis. If your child does not have access to Internet or to a computer, please notify us by calling 802-222-5214. All students have access to meals that are being delivered Mondays-Fridays. If you need help accessing these meal drop offs, call us at the above number. Do not hesitate to reach out to the office or your child’s teachers. We are here to help.

Waits River Valley School

Good evening. Earlier today we sent a message with a phone number that Corinth residents could call if they had quarantine related needs such as transportation, groceries, prescriptions, heat, etc. The correct number to call is 439-3500 NOT 439-5300 that is indicated on the flyer that was posted on the school’s Facebook page. My apologies for the confusion.

This is Amy Cramer from the Waits River Valley School calling to share important information with you that we would appreciate you sharing with others. In response to Covid-19, residents of Corinth can call 439-5300 and leave a message for help with transportation, groceries, prescriptions, heat, and any other quarantine related needs. To volunteer with this endeavor, please contact Steve Long at slcorinth@gmail.com. For more information go to http://www.corinthvt.org. The contact person for support in Topsham is Jim Bulger. He can be reached at the town hall at 439-5505 or at his home at 439-5259.


March 18, 2020

We are writing to staff and families to inquire about the status of their child care needs. We are surveying families in the SU to better understand the needs of those in our communities who have been designated as essential personnel. If you have a need for child care, please contact us via email at: childcare@oesu.org Please let us know what your need is, ages of the children and grade level, and school of attendance. Once we have assessed the needs within our schools, we will work to connect families to services. If you are a staff member who is willing to help provide childcare during this time. Please email the same address.

 

Orange East Supervisory Union

Dear Parents and Guardians,

In our message yesterday regarding food production and distribution, we failed to clarify that these meals will be no charge to the students. This is a Federal program, so we will need to be sure to record the number of meals given out, but it is for all children. The schedule for the first few days will be tricky, so please be flexible about being at the bus stops a bit early and be patient. If you do miss the bus delivery, please do not hesitate to stop by one of the school sites to “grab and go”.

Again, if you have questions, please call Bruce Williams at 802-222-5216 extension 102 or e-mail at bruce.williams@oesu.org. Be well and be safe. Thank you 

 


March 16, 2020

Blue Mountain Union School District

Dear Parents/Guardians, There will be no school sponsored afternoon activities today (Monday, March 16th) or tomorrow (Tuesday, March 17th). The VPA has postponed the spring sports season until April 6th, at which time it will be re-evaluated. The production of the BMU musical will not happen as scheduled in early April and the school is currently assessing whether it will be postponed or canceled. The after school program will be running today (Monday, March 16th) and tomorrow (Tuesday, March 17th). 

Orange East Supervisory Union

Dear Parents and Caregivers for Bradford Elementary School, Newbury Elementary School, Oxbow Union High School and Blue Mountain Union School, Starting on Wednesday morning, March 18, Grab n’ Go bag meals (lunch for the immediate day and breakfast for the next day) will be available via the bus that your child normally rides. All buses will be leaving Bradford Elementary School at 10:00 am and will continue until they have finished the run. You should look for your child’s bus at the regular bus stop at roughly five hours earlier than the normal afternoon drop off. We will be using the afternoon run as our model.

In addition, these grab and go meals will also be available for pick up every weekday from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at the front door of Bradford Elementary School , Newbury Elementary School , and Blue Mountain Union School. Lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following morning will be available for anyone who is 1 to 18 years old. Some Oxbow students who reside in towns of Corinth and Topsham will receive this message. Please be advised that Waits River Valley School will be providing access to grab and go meals for you. You will receive a message from the Waits River Valley School about this distribution.

Please contact Bruce Williams, either by e-mail or phone at 802-222-5216, extension 102, or bruce.williams@oesu.org if you have any questions. Thank you 


March 15, 2020

Waits River Valley School:

Kindergarten Registration Thursday, March 26 & Friday, March 27 is CANCELLED….We will contact all families who have made appointments.  We plan to reschedule further into Spring.  All current Kindergarten scholars WILL have school on those dates now.  Please spread the word…..

 

Newbury Elementary School:

Good Afternoon Newbury Families,

I wanted to follow up on the letter that was sent out yesterday afternoon. As the letter states, the building will be open only to students and staff until further notice. Here are some important logistical updates:
Parents can drop students off at the front door, staff will be there to help students transition to classrooms. If you drop off your student late, just ring the bell and we will meet you at the door to walk your student to class.

At the end of the day, parent pick up will be held outside the front door. If you need to pick up your student during the day, ring to be let in – we will bring your student to meet you at the door. Afterschool and preschool will also adjust their pickup and drop off routines to ensure that only students and staff are inside the building.

Our goal is to help students maintain as normal of a schedule as possible. We will run a usual school day schedule, but students will eat breakfast, snack and lunch in their classrooms. The hot lunch menu will still be available to students, but the cafeteria will be closed.

Students will also have their specials classes in their classrooms, or outside. We won’t be having school assemblies, field trips, or guest speakers at this time. We will continue to teach academics as normally scheduled, and teachers and staff are prepared to respond to student need to talk with students about these changes.

Also, there will be a food drive table outside the front door, starting on Monday morning. Please feel free to take any items you need from this table, or drop off items if you are able throughout the week.

Please reach out with any questions. I will continue to update you as soon as I receive any further information. Have a good evening, I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday, after the delay.

Thank You,
Morgan Moore
Newbury Elementary School Principal


March 13, 2020

Oxbow High School:

ATTENTION: The Winter Sports Banquet scheduled for next week has been canceled.

 

Announcement 2:

Dear OESU Families: COVID-19 is now considered a global pandemic and is a rapidly changing situation here in Vermont. OESU is following all guidelines and communications from the VT Department of Health and Agency of Education. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and to actively participate in regional and state-wide coordination efforts. The Governor has a press conference scheduled for this evening to discuss statewide plans. We are developing contingency plans should we be required to suspend operations. We ask that families begin to make the same plans for their own families in case prolonged school closures do occur. At this point, we are not aware of any members of our school community who are among the confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19. However, we do anticipate that that cases in our State will continue to rise. As a result of COVID-19 we are taking the following steps: 1. Until further notice, OESU is not allowing any usage of the school facilities by outside groups. This does include outside entities wanting to use the District’s facilities in the evenings and on weekends. 2. All field trips scheduled through April will be cancelled or postponed. There will be no exceptions to this rule. 3. As of Monday, March 16th. We will be limiting access to OESU schools to staff and students only. We will continue to allow contracted mental health providers to use our schools during this time. News reports of large-scale school closing in other parts of the country have all of our attention. We are working closely with the Agency of Education and the Vermont Department of Health on this developing situation. I have heard concerns from many of you regarding the issues of school closure (both pros and cons), and I have relayed those concerns to the Secretary of Education. Our Leadership Team is meeting to continue our planning for long-range closures. If the situation changes over the weekend, I will be in contact with families. In order for us to give teachers time to plan for instruction, OESU schools will be having a delayed opening on Monday, March 16th. All schools will be operating on a two-hour delay (except Thetford, which has no school). Teachers and staff will report to work at their usual time to work on preparing learning opportunities for students in the event of a long-term closure due to COVID-19. OESU staff should check their email for details on Monday’s plans. Sincerely, Emilie Knisley

 

Announcement 1: The VPA has announced they will not be rescheduling any further winter athletics events, including the Oxbow girls’ basketball game.  More information is available here.


March 12, 2020

Announcement 4: BES Play Performances Friday and Saturday Postponed Indefinitely. Please see email or today’s newsletter for more info.

Announcement 3: Dear Parents/Guardians, We will be closing our building from 1:00 PM on Friday, March 13th, through Sunday, March 15th. That means there will be no activities happening at BMU during that time. This includes, but is not limited to, all meetings, play practice, and all community events scheduled throughout the weekend. Our custodial staff will be here during that time to complete a thorough cleaning of the facility to prepare our students and staff for a fresh start on Monday, March 16th. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we work to support the health and wellness of our school community. Sincerely, Dr. Barone and Mr. Blood

Announcement 2: Update: We have just received word from the VPA that the Oxbow Game is postponed indefinitely. Please hold onto tickets until further notice.

Announcement 1: ATTENTION ANYONE GOING TO THE GIRLS SEMIFINAL GAME TONIGHT AT BARRE AUDITORIUM: The VPA has determined that the girls basketball semifinals game tonight (3/12) WILL NOT be open to the public. The game can be streamed on www.nfhsnetwork.com and will be broadcasted on WYKR at 101.3 or at https://wykr.com . Any tickets that were purchased at Oxbow High School can be returned for a full refund at Oxbow on Friday (3/13) and Monday (3/16). The VPA will handle the refunds for all on-line tickets purchased. Please direct any questions to the Main Office at Oxbow High School


March 9, 2020

We are making the decision to close Waits River Valley School tomorrow, Tuesday March 10th. Out of an abundance of caution, we will be taking a full day to disinfect the school. Due to staffing levels, it would not be possible to complete a thorough disinfection process this evening in time for scholars to return to school tomorrow morning. Therefore, school will not be in session tomorrow. Waits River currently has several staff and students out with flu like symptoms, as well as a viral stomach bug. Additionally, a Vermonter with ties to WRVS community is currently being tested for COVID-19. This person has not had contact with the school and the risk is very low, but we feel that a deep cleaning is an appropriate precautionary measure to take at this juncture. We anticipate school being in session on Wednesday, and we will update you with any further information as needed. If you have any questions, please direct them to either Emilie Knisley, superintendent of schools or Carlotta Simonds-Perantoni, principal.

 
 

March 5, 2020

Update: The CDC is stating that adults and students alike be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school. This means they need to be fever-free without the use of fever reducing medications.

Please remember to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, please use the crook of your elbow to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eye, nose or mouth.
  • Clean & disinfect frequently touched objects & surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick except to get medical care.

The Vermont Department of Health is closely monitoring the rapid developments in the
outbreak of respiratory illness called COVID-19 that is caused by a novel (new) coronavirus.
Vermont is prepared to respond to protect and support Vermonters.

Please check out this link for more information: COVID-19 Guidance