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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Today's Superintendent's Update

Good afternoon,

Today is Wednesday, April 1, 2020. 

As we continue to adjust, respond, and change to the current situation, the schools will continue to work with everyone to provide an education to all students.  I want to say that the health, safety, and well being of our community is our number one priority. 

  • Sometime in the next few days, the Secretary of Education will be releasing  what is called " Continuity of Learning Plan (CLP)."  So what is a CLP?  

  • The purpose of a CLP is to assist supervisory unions/supervisory districts in developing and submitting the required Learning Plan to the state that outlines how schools will be providing education to all students under​ ​Governor Scott’s Directive Number 5 of March 26, 2020.   More to follow.

  • As of today, April vacation will remain in effect and WNESU will continue to follow the school calendar as published. 

There have also been a few changes to the open meeting law that people should be aware of. (see below)

Temporary Open Meeting Law Changes
Designated Meeting Location Not Required
  1. A quorum or more members of a public body may attend a regular, special or emergency meeting by electronic or other means without being physically present at a designated meeting location.
  2. The public body is not required to designate a physical meeting location where the public may attend.
  3. Public body members and staff are not required to be physically present at a designated meeting location.
Public Access to Electronic Meetings
  1. When a public body meets electronically, it must use technology that permits the attendance of the public through electronic or other means.
  2. Whenever feasible, the public body must allow the public to access the meeting by telephone.
  3. Public bodies must post information on how the public may access meetings electronically and must include this information in the published agenda for each meeting.
Recording of Meetings is Required
Each school board is required to record its meetings unless unusual circumstances make it impossible for them to do so.
Extension of Time for Posting of Minutes in Event of Staffing Shortage
In the event of a staffing shortage during the declared state of emergency, a public body may extend the time limit for posting of minutes required by 1 VSA § 312(b)(2) to not more than 10 days from the date of the meeting.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Thank You Team WNESU

I want to express my sincere gratitude to all
of the educators, SU office, maintenance,
and transportation staff in WNESU. 
The amount of work and creativity that everyone
has done is just incredible. Every day poses
new challenges that we need to address, and
you all continue to step up to the challenge every single day.  

As most of you know, every day looks
different than the last as we continue to
figure out how to deliver an education
that our students are entitled to, and that
is also equitable. 

 We are currently working on getting devices
out to all students who need them, as well
as identifying families that need internet and
wifi access so they can access the learning. 

Once again, I want to say thank you to everyone
during this unprecedented time.

Waiting for Continuity of Learning Plan (CLP) Template From AOE

Purpose The purpose of this template is to assist supervisory unions/supervisory districts in developing and submitting the required Continuity of Learning Plan (CLP) under Governor Scott’s Directive Number 5 of March 26, 2020. 

 Remote learning will not and cannot replace the in-person school instruction or communities that support our students. However, we, as an education community can pull together to support the wellbeing of our students while continuing their learning over this extended period. Contending with a Crisis. The current public health crisis is constantly evolving. The Agency of Education and school districts must consider that any approach must be flexible within the context of what society, public education, and what families are contending with as well as their capacity under stress to partner in education. With this in mind, the Agency of Education recommends the following guiding principles:

1. Health and Safety. Doing everything that we can to support the health, safety, and wellbeing of our students and their families is our top priority. This includes but is not limited to; providing nutritious foods; promoting opportunities for physical wellness; and providing social-emotional and mental health support for all of our students.

2. Equity. This crisis affects everyone, but will disproportionately impact the most vulnerable students. Equity should be at the forefront of all planning and implementation.

3. Relationships. Making connections and maintaining relationships is at the foundation of all implementation plans. Set a schedule that includes faculty and staff connecting with students at least a couple of times a week.

4. Remote Learning. Remote learning does not exclusively mean online learning. Districts should consider the variable abilities of families to access and utilize the internet and the impacts of increased screen time expectations. Students should not be required to access devices for the traditional length of the school day. Leverage other opportunities for students to learn, such as exploring their outdoor environment (to an extent that is within public health parameters), engaging in self-driven projects and problem-solving, and (virtually) reaching out to their communities.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Governor Dismissed All School until the end of the year.

Please view the Governers Directive by clicking the link below