July 25, 2020
Dear Parents/Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,
I hope this Saturday finds you well and you are able to get outside to enjoy the sunshine. This week, in collaboration with my fellow superintendents in the Champlain Valley, I released our joint guidance on school reopening. You should have received two letters from me Wednesday; one providing an outline of our current plan to utilize a hybrid instruction delivery model and another with a link to our 2020-2021 school reopening and transportation survey. I know this is a lot to absorb and there are still many unanswered questions. Please know that our team is working hard to clarify the unknowns and will provide more details on reopening as they become available. Please also find information about our upcoming budget vote below.
Reminder to Fill Out Survey
Your feedback is crucial and it is important that we receive it as soon as possible as this information will help inform our reopening plan.The survey is administered through your PowerSchool Parent Portal Account. If you have difficulty signing into the Parent Portal and require assistance, please email SBDataTeam@sbschools.net.Please note that the survey needs to be filled out for each student (less than 5 mins) and the deadline for completion is July 29.
To start the school year, all schools in the South Burlington School District, along with all 16 school districts covering Addison, Chittenden and Franklin Counties who are members of the Champlain Valley Superintendents Association (CVSA), will implement a hybrid instruction model that will include both in-person and remote learning. This plan to return to school is student-centered, focused on the social-emotional and physical health and safety of our students and staff, and designed to keep our students learning at a high level.
While we all agree that nothing compares to the benefits that students receive from in-person instruction, after extensively reviewing the guidance put forth by the Vermont Agency of Education (AOE) and evaluating how to operationally implement those recommendations in our schools, we feel that the hybrid model described in this letter that was sent to families July 22, will best address the health and safety of our students and staff given the current health data available at this point in time. We will share updates as more details become solidified.
A re-vote on the revised, proposed FY21 budget will take place August 11 in conjunction with the state primary. Although regular polling locations will be open August 11, we are encouraging the use of absentee ballots. A ballot can be requested via the Secretary of State’s My Voter page.The Vermont Secretary of State has mailed postcards to all registered voters for the state primary. If you received a primary ballot, you will also receive the school ballot. These ballots will be mailed separately.
In addition to the absentee ballot option, City Hall is open for in-person voting weekdays from 9:00 am-noon and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. In-person voting will also occur August 11 from 7:00 am - 7:00 pm at all three of our polling locations: Orchard School (7-1), FHTMS (7-2, 7-3), and Chamberlin School (7-4).
A note on deadlines: The last day to request an absentee ballot is the day before the election, August 10. If you want to be sure that your ballot counts, we suggest dropping it back off in the City Clerk's office up until noon August 10 or in the night drop box outside City Hall up until 8:00 am on election day, rather than mailing it. Nothing can be dropped off at City Hall on election day. Any mailed ballot that is received in the mail on election day will count. Anything received after the polls close at 7:00 pm, will not count.
The school board is hosting a series of mini informational budget meetings where community members can hear a brief overview of the budget, followed by Q and A. The mini meetings on the budget will be held via Zoom at 7:00 pm on the following dates:
Tuesday, July 28
Thursday, July 30
Wednesday, August 5 (Public Hearing)
Sunday August 9
Find agendas and Zoom participation information here. You can review the latest, proposed budget information here and can watch the July 23 (as well as all of the forthcoming mini meetings) meeting via RETN.
In closing, thank you for your patience as we navigate these uncharted waters together.