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VCS Reopening Plan

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August 4, 2020 3:00PM EST COVID-19 MEMO #13 Veazie Community School 2020 - 2021 School Reopening Plan Dear VCS Parents and Caregivers, At last night’s meeting, the...

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Matthew D. Cyr

Matthew D. Cyr

5 days ago

September 17, 2020 4:00PM EST COVID-19 MEMO #17 STUDENT CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE (ONLINE/REMOTE INSTRUCTION) Confidentiality Notice for Zoom, Google Classroom, Google Meet, Seesaw, and Other Online Platforms used by Veazie Community School for Remote Learning Dear VCS Parents and Caregivers, In order to best meet the needs of our students during the COVID-19 pandemic, our teachers are using various resources and platforms to offer instruction and support. We also use these platforms for our meetings involving parents, including IEP meetings. Veazie Community School takes privacy and security of student information seriously. In order to help ensure everyone’s privacy, students, parents, and staff must not: *Share passwords for any audio/video meetings or class gatherings with anyone outside of the established classroom; *Permit unknown persons to enter or participate in any audio/video meetings or class gatherings; and/or *Record or take pictures of any audio/video meetings or class gathering The virtual classroom will be treated like the regular classroom. To the extent any member of your household observes or participates in the classroom, including your student, they will be held to the same standards of and expectations for behavior that would apply inside the classroom (in the school building). If you have questions about what these expectations are, please contact VCS Superintendent/Principal, Matthew Cyr. During classroom instruction, audio and video recordings and photography are not allowed. The same applies to our remote learning instruction. You may not make audio or video recordings of remote learning instruction, or take photographs during instruction that include any staff members or other students. If you receive such recordings or photographs from a source other than VCS, delta them and do not post or forward—should this happen, please notify Mr. Cyr immediately. Note that students who record, distribute, or otherwise misuse any video recording, may be subject to disciplinary action. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Sincerely, Matthew D. Cyr VCS Superintendent & Principal

Matthew D. Cyr

Matthew D. Cyr

11 days ago

September 11, 2020 3:00PM EST COVID-19 MEMO #16 VCS UPDATES & REMINDERS Dear VCS Parents and Caregivers, This memo serves as a reminder that beginning next week, (Sept. 14), we are moving to our normal 2:35 dismissal, or end of day for both in-person and remote learners. Penobscot County continues to be in a ‘Green’ Health Advisory so our current delivery of instruction will continue. I would like to use this time to thank and commend VCS staff for embracing this incredible challenge. I also want to publicly praise all of our families and students for supporting our new safety protocols and scheduling. There have been some bumps in the road during these first couple of weeks, but that was absolutely expected, and we are making adaptations and changes when necessary. I would like to offer some important reminders for our families: Health Screening: It is very important that families complete the RESCO COVID-19 online/app-based health screening prior to leaving the home each morning. It only takes a few moments to complete. If you have lost your child’s COVID ID number or are having trouble with the download, please contact our office manager, Tiffani Lindsey (tlindsey@veaziecs.org 947-6573) and she will walk you through the steps. You should also visit the school website: www.veaziecs.org as it contains step-by-step instructions. Masks Required: All students must come to school each day with at least three clean and properly fitting masks in a labeled bag (ziplock style is fine). The following mask types/styles are not acceptable: gaiters, fleece, single layer mask, materials that are see-through when stretched, and masks with breathing ports on the side. VCS Website: Please visit the Veazie Community School website to read details of all of our plans: www.veaziecs.org Pick-up & Drop-off: We continue to observe and modify pick-up and drop-off procedures. Morning drop-off seems to be getting smoother each day. When possible, parents should remain in their vehicles, exercise patience, and follow the flow of drop-off traffic. This way students can safely be unloaded in front of the building without having to walk through the parking lot or driveway. For afternoon pick-up, we have relocated all buses to a separate location for purposes of safety and reducing traffic congestion. Similar morning procedures, it is safest if parents remain in their vehicles and drive through the pick-up circles so that we can call out students and load them into your vehicles. Unlike years’ past, we are not going to be releasing pick-ups and walkers at the same time. We do not have staff available to screen students in the morning until 7:50…if possible, please plan your arrival for after that time. We are trying to avoid having students being dropped off and lining up without supervision. Indoor Temperatures: As stated in our reopening plan, we have adjusted our HVAC controllers so that we are pulling in 100% outside air, 24/7. This efficiently and safely removes indoor air and replaces it with outside air. As crisp fall temperatures begin to take effect, this will cool off our building. While we are trying to balance safety and comfort, we are asking that all students come to school with a sweatshirt or light jacket to put on if they are chilly—especially in the morning. As the daytime temps get colder, we will begin using heat exchange systems to heat the outside air. Free Breakfast & Lunch for Everyone! Thanks to the efforts of our kitchen manager, Betsy Brooks, and our business manager, Lisa Swift, we are now participating in the USDA COVID Relief meal program. This means that from now through the end of December, all VCS students can receive free breakfast and/or lunch. These meals are also available for remote learners, but parents will need to pick-up the meals here at VCS. Contact Betsy Brooks with questions, or to be placed on the remote order list: bbrooks@veaziecs.org Yellow and Red Health Advisories: While we are presently in a Green health advisory, I am urging all families to have a back-up plan ready to go in a moment’s notice should we be forced to shift to a Yellow or Red advisory. In a Yellow advisory, Grades 3-8 will maintain the same schedule as they do under Green. In a Yellow advisory, PK - 2 will shift to being in-person on Monday/Tuesday, and remote on Wed/Th/Fri. In a Red advisory, all students will shift to remote only. Zoom Etiquette: This is a reminder that school rules still apply to our remote students. We strongly encourage families to have a safe learning location for students during remote days. Thank you all for your continued support. Have a great weekend! Sincerely, Matthew D. Cyr VCS Superintendent & Principal

Matthew D. Cyr

Matthew D. Cyr

13 days ago

Dear VCS Families, We are excited to share news that Veazie Community School has been accepted to participate in the USDA school breakfast/lunch meal program under current COVID-19 guidelines. Our participation means that all VCS students qualify to receive a free breakfast and lunch—remote learners too! We are not able to deliver meals as we did last spring and are presently organizing a meal pickup procedure for our remote learners. We are requesting that interested families contact Betsy Brooks, VCS Food Service Director by phone or email to be added to our list. Once we know how many people are requesting meals, we will communicate scheduled pickup times and starting date for this wonderful opportunity. Please reach contact Betsy Brooks asap to be added to this list: bbrooks@veaziecs.org 947-6573 ext. 209 Please note that we still need 100% of our families to complete the Free/Reduced Lunch application as this important document directly impacts State and Federal school funding levels.--Thank you! Have a good afternoon! -Mr. Cyr

Matthew D. Cyr

Matthew D. Cyr

18 days ago

The Maine DOE just announced that Penobscot County remains 'Green' in the health advisory system. Veazie Community School will be proceeding with next week's schedule as planned. Please visit our website for details: www.veaziecs.org

Matthew D. Cyr

Matthew D. Cyr

21 days ago

Veazie Community School Families. Please take a moment to read today's school reopening reminder with new information about possible changes in Penobscot County Health Advisories . Here is a link to the notice: https://5il.co/kh08

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