The Village School is in session from 8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday-Friday. The school calendar is available at this link: https://vsnb.org/calendar.
Morning Gym (7:45 a.m.)
The gym/cafeteria is open at 7:45 a.m. for morning gym and breakfast, and students can be dropped off by using the gym/cafeteria entrance on School Street.
Morning Drop-off (8 – 8:15 a.m.)
Students and adults are asked to arrive at school wearing their face coverings. Drop-off and pick-up will happen on both School Street and Church Street. If you have students in multiple grades, please use the location designated for your youngest student.
- The Church Street “Drop-off Zone” is for families with students in Pre-K through First Grade. Staff members will escort these students into the school building. If you have older students, they should be dropped off here, as well.
- School Street is only for families with students in Second Grade through Sixth Grade.
As a reminder, students are expected to exit their vehicle wearing a face covering and will be required to use hand sanitizer at the entrance of the school building.
Afternoon Pick-up (3 p.m.)
All students will be dismissed at 3 p.m. They should be picked up at the same location at which they were dropped off in the morning.
- As a reminder, if your family has students in Pre-k – First Grade, you should pick up all of your students on Church Street. If your family only has a student(s) in Second Grade – Sixth Grade, you should pick them up on School Street.
- When the weather is inclement, students will wait in their classrooms and will be contacted when an adult arrives to pick them up. We will do our best to keep everything moving quickly and smoothly, but please understand that pick up may take longer than usual.
PLEASE NOTE: All students will be released to parents/guardians or a contact designated for pick up. Students in second grade through sixth grade can be dismissed to walk or bike home ONLY if the school office has permission from a parent/guardian. Please fill out this Google permission form if you give permission for your student to walk or bike home.
After School Program
Village School of North Bennington students in grades K-6 are eligible to participate in the Berkshire Family YMCA’s After Care Program located on-site at the Village School. The program includes outside play and gym time, gross motor games, crafts, homework help, and more! The After Care Program is available five days a week, from 3-5:30 p.m., with an option for early pick-up at 4:15 p.m. for a reduced rate. Registration is available on a weekly basis, from September 7 through December 21, and then registration will open again after the Winter Break.
>> Click here for After Care Program rates and registration.
Students and staff will be required to wear a face mask every day within the school building, regardless of vaccination status.
Acceptable masks include: multilayer masks made of washable, breathable fabric (the CDC recommends masks with two or more layers); disposable surgical masks (multilayer are best)
Unacceptable masks include: bandanas, neck gaiters (cloth tubes that wrap around the face), masks with valves (these only protect the wearer), knitted or fleece masks
>> Click here to read the CDC’s flier on “How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask”
On the first day of school, please send your student in with a Rubbermaid-type of container or a washed wide-mouth container, such as a large yogurt or cottage cheese container (without lids). During snacks and meals, students will remove their face covers and place them in their own individual containers. If you do not have a container, the school will provide one.
All students have access to FREE breakfast and lunch for the 2021-2022 school year thanks to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Vermont Agency of Education (AOE), the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, and the Abbey Group.
Breakfast is served in the gym/cafeteria from 7:45 – 8:15 a.m. Students do not need to order breakfast in advance. They can go directly to the cafeteria and order based on the daily menu options.
Lunch is served in the cafeteria, where students eat with their classes at appointed times. Students can order lunch on a daily basis directly from their teachers. The teachers collect lunch orders from students by 9 a.m. each day, and parents/guardians do not need to submit any paperwork or information online for lunch orders. For students who want to purchase milk only, there will be a cost for milk of 50¢.
>> Click here for the monthly school menu.
Students should come to school with a reusable water bottle each day. If you are not able to provide a water bottle for your student(s), please reach out to School Nurse Kaitlyn Hewson at email@example.com or 802-442-5955.
Stay Home When Sick
School health personnel will use the COVID-19 in Pediatric Patients Flow Chart (Pre-K – Grade 12) Triage, Evaluation, Testing, and Return to School in partnership with pediatric providers and families to guide medical decision-making.
All students and staff should stay home if they:
- Show symptoms of COVID-19;
- Have a fever (temperature greater than 100.4°F); or
- Are currently in quarantine due to close contact with an individual with COVID-19 or in isolation due to testing positive for COVID-19.
If symptoms begin while at school, the student or staff member will be sent home as soon as possible, and the individual will be isolated from other staff and students until they can go home.
Visitors and Volunteers
Fully vaccinated adults will be permitted into the building for scheduled meetings, volunteering, and chaperoning for field trips. Visitors, volunteers, and chaperones will be asked to provide a copy of their vaccination card to the school nurse. Parents and guardians will not be permitted into the building for drop-off and pick-up, regardless of vaccination status.