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.

Technology Survey

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


OESU Resource Emails


August 20, 2020


Dear NES Community,
We received information this morning that a person who tested positive for COVID was in the school building on Sunday. We are taking the precautionary step of closing the building for a deep clean while we work with the Department of Health. No one will be allowed access to the building except for custodial staff.  

In working with the Department of Health Contact Tracers, we determined that no one at NES had exposure that would lead to further actions beyond a deep clean of the building. No one in the building was exposed to the individual.  In order to be at risk for COVID-19, an individual would need to have been in contact with a positive case within six feet, for greater than fifteen minutes. That did not happen at NES. No one had exposure requiring testing or quarantine.
I want to thank all of the staff at NES for working through this stressful day. Principal Morgan Moore and I appreciate you, and all that you do–even more now than ever before.

I would also like to thank the custodial staff from Bradford and Blue Mountain for volunteering to help deep clean the building to re-open it for Tuesday. We appreciate the community of support we can call upon in times like this. We are thankful that we can rely on our neighboring schools and OESU family to come to the aid of one another when there is a need. 

We plan to re-open the building on Tuesday. In-service will be held remotely on Friday and Monday.  If you have further questions, please feel free to reach out. 

In closing, these are the steps we took based on the Department of Health guidance as well as a video on contact tracing for more detailed explanations and facts:

Contact Tracing video link:

Cases of COVID-19 in School

If COVID-19 is confirmed in a student or staff member:

  • The person diagnosed with COVID-19 should isolate according to guidelines set forth by the Vermont Department of Health.
  • Staff or students that have been identified as a close contact should quarantine.
  • Open outside doors and windows and use ventilating fans to increase air circulation inthe area.
  • Close off areas used by a sick person (e.g. offices, bathrooms, classrooms and commonareas) and keep them closed until disinfected according to the following protocol:

o If possible, wait 24 hours since the person has been in the space before


o Focus on frequently touched surfaces and shared electronic equipment.

  • Ensure safe and correct use and storage of cleaning and disinfection products, includingstoring products securely away from children.
  • Participate in contact tracing as requested by the Health Department.

• Communicate with staff and parents/caregivers with information while maintaining patient confidentiality. Sincerely,
Emilie B. Knisley, M.Ed., CAGS, CAEL Superintendent

August 10, 2020

July 24, 2020

VT State Guidance for a strong healthy start to school

July 21, 2020

July 20, 2020

Superintendent Letter

May 29, 2020

Bradford Elementary School

End of Year Activities

May 19, 2020

WRVS Letter

May 18, 2020

Blue Mountain Union School

Dear BMU Families,
We hope this email finds you all well.  Finally, we have turned the page with some nice weather and much needed sunshine!  
We are writing today with some important information regarding upcoming dates.  This Friday, May 22nd, is an early release for students.  Therefore, there will be no student programming after 12:00 PM this Friday.  Additionally, Monday, May 25th is Memorial Day, so there will be no school and no meals delivered that day.  In place of meals on Memorial Day, there will be two days worth of meals delivered this Friday, May 22nd.      
Friday, May 29th is the last day of school for preschool students.  Friday, June 5th is the last day of school for K-12 students.  More information will be coming as to how we close out the year, so please stay tuned.  We appreciate all the work and effort you continue to put into your child’s education and hope we can have a strong end to the school year.  
Take care,John Barone and Scott Blood

Orange East Supervisory Union

Dear Families, Today we received guidance from Secretary French regarding end of year activities. Based on this guidance, we will not be able to hold in person end of year celebrations. We know that this news is devastating for many of our Seniors and their families. Please know that we plan to work collaboratively with students and families to find ways to mark these milestones in your lives. We share in your disappointment; while understanding the need of the Secretary to balance public health during these trying times. I will be meeting with all of the principals in the next few days to share ideas and create plans to move forward. Students will have a voice in the decision making. Sincerely, Superintendent Emilie Knisley For the details of the guidance, please go to the following link:

May 4, 2020

Waits River Valley School

Newsletter 5/4/7

May 1, 2020

Orange East Supervisory Union

Good Morning, During this uncertain time, The Department for Children and Families-Family Services Division is hard at work anticipating the needs of caregivers and the children being cared for. While we have not yet had a child in foster care test positively for COVID-19, we must anticipate and plan for that possibility. As you know, the volume of COVID-19 cases in the State has risen. On April 9, 2020, Governor Phil Scott extended the Stay Home, Stay Safe order to May 15, 2020. We hope that all children and youth in DCF custody will be able to remain in settings they are in today throughout this pandemic. Additionally, we recognize that as the volume of positive cases increase, some caregivers may be unable to continue to care for the child in their home. For that reason, we are actively developing emergency/back-up/ temporary caregivers to support a child or youth who needs to leave their current foster home. We are turning to the people of our communities who in this time of need have chosen to volunteer, to see if you could consider your capacity to temporarily provide care to this very vulnerable group. We are looking for adults, who are able to care for a child/youth under the following circumstances: The child/youth has tested positive for COVID -19 The child/youth requires a level of isolation We are looking for caregivers who: Have a desire to support a child/youth who is likely feeling scared and vulnerable; and Fall into a low-risk category themselves due to age or health status; and Are able to meet foster care licensing standards; and Who optimally have space in their home that could support a level of isolation Training for how to properly care for child who has tested positive for COVID-19 and Personal Protective Equipment will be made available. Caregivers will receive a stipend for the care they provide. If you believe you have the capacity to provide for a child who requires this type of care, please click here to visit the webpage ( to share your contact information. A member of the Family Services team will follow up with you promptly. Thank you for your willingness to consider this unique opportunity to support Vermont’s children.

April 30, 2020

Oxbow High School

From the office of the Athletic Director: It is with great regret to have to announce that the Vermont Principals Association cancelled the 2020 spring sports season this morning. The state association held out as long as possible to see if there was a way to save a portion of the season, but with the governor’s decision to extend the stay at home order to May 15th, it became apparent that spring sports could not be salvaged. I apologize to all spring athletes, especially the seniors, and want to thank them for all their hard work and dedication to Oxbow Athletics. I hope that everyone stays safe, and look forward with great anticipation to the Fall 2020 season. If anyone has any questions please feel free to email me at Derek Cipriano Director of Athletics and Activities

Blue Mountain Union

Spring Sports Letter

April 27, 2020

Oxbow High School

Remote learning resumes today, April 27th. Remember to sign into Infinite Campus and complete the survey or call (802)222-5214 before 10 AM for attendance. Be safe and finish strong. We miss you.

The Department of Public Service is asking Vermonters who have a student at home that lacks access to the Internet to fill out a quick survey. This information will be used to identify locations where students lack access to the Internet or where consumers want service to be improved. Responses, without identifying information, may be shared with service providers. There is also a map available showing broadband speeds available at addresses across the state. The map and survey can be found at: Consumers can also contact CAPI at 1-800-622-4496 for assistance with filling out the map and survey. Thank you

Waits River Valley School

WRVS Lead Letter 4/27/20

April 17, 2020

Orange East Supervisory Union

We will be following Sec. Dan French’s directive to take the regularly scheduled vacation time this spring. All schools in the OESU will be closed and there will be no remote learning, April 17th – 24th, 2020. We will resume remote learning on Monday April 27th. Have a great time off.

April 16, 2020

WRVS Newsletter

April 14, 2020

Bradford Elementary School

Good Afternoon,

Below are two links from Kate Paxton, Principal. 

We apologize if you have received both of these messages already. We received notification that some parents did not.

Remote Learning Update

Attendance Update

Be safe and stay well. 

Thank you

April 13, 2020

Bradford Elementary School

BES Letter to Families

Letter from Kate Paxton Attendance

Good morning, families. Please check your email this morning for information about our new BES Remote Learning Plan which begins today. If you are unable to check your email, please contact your child’s classroom teacher for further guidance. Thank you.

Waits River Valley School

WRVS Q4 Attendance Procedure

April 10, 2020

OESU- Food Service

We wish to inform parents and guardians that the meals for children 1-18 will continue on the same schedule we have been following during April vacation. The delivery schedule will remain as is on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with no break in this service. We are grateful to the many employee volunteers who are supporting this effort. Thanks!

Bradford Elementary School

With approval from the Superintendent, tomorrow, Friday April 10th, will be a teacher work day instead of an instructional day. This means that tomorrow there will be no school for students. Your child’s teacher will be in touch if there is a class meeting scheduled for tomorrow to let you know if that is still happening. Students, enjoy your day off! Kate Paxton, Principal

Please check your email for an important letter from Principal Kate Paxton about new attendance procedures, beginning Monday, April 13. Starting on Monday, students will be required to make daily contact with your BES teacher to count as being present for the day. If you are unable to check your email, please contact your child’s classroom teacher on Monday morning for further guidance. We will also be sharing information on Monday morning about the new phase of our remote learning plan. Thank you, and have a good weekend!

Oxbow High School

Oxbow will begin taking attendance on Monday, April 13, 2020. All students must check their school email prior to 10:00 AM each school day, and fill out the attendance form provided. Students – this is very important. We must have 70% participation each day, or that day will need to be made up in June. More details have been posted on our Oxbow Facebook page, and at If you do not have access to Internet on Monday, you may call 802-222-5214 and leave a voice message with your name.

Waits River Valley School

Letter to Families 4/10/20

April 7,2020

Oxbow High School

Dear Parents and Students: On behalf of all the staff at Oxbow, we send our love and hope. We can only imagine how difficult it is to manage the shift from school learning to remote learning. Please stay connected and keep working hard. Your efforts during this period do count. Teachers are still guiding your learning and will keep track of how you are progressing toward your learning goals. Over the next 2 weeks, your remote learning will transition from “being maintained” (similar to a review) to “continuation” (new learning, more like regular school but done from home). Each teacher will build the curriculum for the rest of the school year around 3-5 learning intentions/goals that they will use to assess your progress during quarter 4. When we come back together in the fall, you may be put into classes based on the progress you made during this remote learning period. These goals and how you will be assessed/graded will be shared with you by the end of this week. In an effort to help students concentrate their remote learning on core classes, all one-period classes at RBCTC, 7th grade rotation classes, and 8th grade rotation classes have been cancelled for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Please stay focused. Set up a good routine, try your hardest, and be proud of your efforts. Stay home if you are not an essential worker, and stay safe. We miss you. Ms. Wheeler

OESU- Food Service Update

We have tried our best to communicate the availability of two free meals a day to all children living in towns serviced by The Orange East Supervisory Union. We believe some may still be reluctant to take advantage of the program for fear that it might take away from their more needy neighbors. While this is an admirable sentiment, we wish to assure you that all children can be part of this program and no one needs to hold back from participating. Normally this program (Summer Food Service) bridges the gap between school years, giving children 18 and under the fuel they need to play and grow throughout the summer months and return to school ready to learn. For example, in Summer 2018, 59 sponsors served 427,758 meals at almost 300 sites throughout the state. The program consists of sponsors and sites. Sponsors can be supervisory unions or school districts, private non-profit organizations, government entities, and non-profit residential camps. Sponsors enter into an agreement with the Agency of Education Child Nutrition Programs to provide meals and file claims for reimbursement. Sponsors are reimbursed on a per meal basis for meals served to eligible children. Sites are the physical location where meals are served and consumed. Examples of sites include schools, parks, housing complexes, and libraries. Sponsors often have more than one site. The OESU is an approved sponsor and all of our schools are eligible sites. All meals are reimbursed by the Federal Government and this time period of school closure has been approved for using this program. Thanks to quick work by all involved in our Food Service Programs we were able to qualify for this meal program at the very beginning of the Governor’s school closure order. At this time we are serving well over 1000 meals a day, but have the capacity to do more. We are using our bus service to deliver to bus stops in all of our towns and door to door the Waits River Valley School system. We have dedicated Food Service Managers as well as numerous school employees who are devoting their time to this effort. We are grateful. Thank you

Available Resources and Services

April 6, 2020

Waits River Valley School

During this time of remote instruction, Waits River will be utilizing online resources to provide continuing classroom instruction to students. In order to ensure that every child in a class receives the instruction, general education classroom online instruction will be video and audio recorded so that it can be accessed at a later time. The primary focus of the recording will be on the instruction and the teacher, not on the students in the class. We are required by law to have the student release form signed by a parent or guardian acknowledging your understanding that video and audio recording will occur. OESU is pushing out an email tomorrow to all families that will contain a link to be able to digitally sign the form and submit it back to Waits River. Please watch for this notice and if you don’t receive it in your email by the end of the day tomorrow, please let me know. My email is Again, my apologies if we are being redundant in our quest for this documentation. Thank you.

April 3, 2020


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.

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 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

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 For more information go to 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: 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 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 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 and will be broadcasted on WYKR at 101.3 or at . 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