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Admissions

The Village School of North Bennington is a pre-K through grade six independent school “town academy” located in North Bennington, Vermont. We serve approximately 150 students, nearly all from the surrounding school district, which includes North Bennington and Shaftsbury, District 1. Families living in these districts have school “choice” for K-6 and their student(s) can attend the Village School at no cost. The North Bennington Graded School District (NBGSD) is responsible for paying tuition for resident children. Click here to view the NBGSD map. Upon enrolling at the Village School, residents must complete an NBGSD residency affidavit. Click here for a visual on how education works in the North Bennington Graded School District.

The Village School admits students of any race, color, gender, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The Village School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national, and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, and other school-administered programs.

Families living out of district are invited to apply to the Village School on a tuition-basis. Acceptance of all students for whom the Village School can provide appropriate educational services will be based upon the student’s desire to learn and the family’s commitment to support the school and its mission. 

The best way to get to know the Village School is to come and visit. Please call us at 802-442-5955 or send an email to info@vsnb.org to schedule a visit and start the admissions process. Need-based financial aid may be available for qualifying families.

Thank you for your interest in the Village School!

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Directions:

COVID-19

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. 

Masks:

Students and staff will be required to wear a face mask every day within the school building. 

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: 

  • Bandanas
  • Neck gaiters (cloth tubes that wrap around the face)
  • Masks with valves (these only protect the wearer)
  • Knitted or fleece masks
  • If COVID-19 is confirmed in a student or staff member, the person diagnosed with COVID-19 will need to isolate according to guidelines set forth by the VDOH. 
  • Any staff or student member that has been identified as a close contact will need to quarantine. 
  • VSNB will follow the AOE’s health guidance, procedural guidelines, and cleaning protocols for any case of COVID-19 in school.
  • VSNB will participate in contact tracing as requested by the Health Department. 
  • The school will communicate with staff and parents/caregivers with information while maintaining patient confidentiality. 
  • If COVID-19 is confirmed in a student or staff member, VSNB will work with the Department of Health to determine next steps. 
  • The decision to close school or certain classrooms for in-person instruction will be made by the HoS after consulting with the Department of Health. 
  • If the level of community transmission increases in our school’s region, the HoS may use this as an indicator for closing the school for in-person instruction. The school has distance learning plans in place to be able to pivot to this modality at any time.

 

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Mission

Children are at the heart of all we do. We nurture a child's curiosity, ignite enthusiasm for exploring, develop tools for inquiry, for invention, for achievement. We welcome families into a community-wide collaboration to help our children grow into their best selves - responsible citizens and stewards of the greater world, makers of the future.