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VSNB Stay Home/Stay Safe Covid-19 Update


March 25, 2020

Dear Village School Community,

Last night, Governor Scott issued an addendum to his earlier Executive Order, titled “Stay Home/Stay Safe.” This shelter-in-place order is designed to further limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus and aligns with similar responses in New York, Illinois, and California. We are being asked to restrict all non-essential activities starting tonight, March 25 at 5 p.m. through April 15, 2020, at which time the Governor will provide further guidance in consultation with the Vermont Department of Health and other agencies.

This new directive means that we may have to adjust our distance learning model in a few of our grades. Each teacher will determine what will work best for their students and families, and they will communicate this out to you. In some cases, we may use a purely digital framework; in other classes, the distribution or transferring of material may be digital, but the students may still work with pen and paper.  We may even do this the old-fashioned way and use the postal service as a way of disseminating content. No matter the method, our teachers will continue to connect with you and your child(ren). The more we stay connected and maintain our learning community, the better we will all ride out this storm.

I have shared some resources already, but given the new restrictions and the extension of the school closure, I thought it would be worth providing them again. These are both great resources for talking with children about the Coronavirus.

National Association of School Psychologists:

https://www.nasponline.org/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource

The New York Times:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/parenting/coronavirus-kids-talk.html

This is an extraordinary time in our history; the entire world is facing this healthcare crisis.  If we all work together and follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC and Vermont DOH, we will get through this. Take care of yourself, take care of your family, and know that the Village School community is there for you.

Warm Regards,

Tim Newbold

Head of School

The Village School of North Bennington

“Children are at the heart of all we do.”

phone: 802-442-5955 ext. 201

email: tnewbold@vsnb.org

https://vsnb.org/

 

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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.