6th Grade Classroom going Remote

Today we learned about one of our sixth grade Canaan elementary school community members who tested positive for COVID-19.  As a precaution, all 6th grade students, faculty and staff considered close contact to this school community member will be going remote for the 14 days.  This determination is after consultation with the Department of Health regarding this situation and following all procedures as directed by them.  6th grade only will be working remotely during this time frame.  

Students, faculty and staff under this quarantine can be removed from quarantine on day 7 with a negative COVID-19 test as directed.  We are doing everything that we can to limit the transmission of COVID-19 within our schools.  We will continue to communicate any changes or updates. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Principal Debbie Lynch, Megan Prehemo our School Nurse or myself directly with additional questions.

ANNOUNCEMENT:  11/22/2020

CANAAN SCHOOLS WILL CONTINUE REMOTE LEARNING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS UNTIL JANUARY.

To assist with the continuation of remote learning, we will be providing a number of solutions to address the struggles that have been identified these past couple of weeks.  We will be working to make the following options available by November 30th:

In-Person Emergency Hub, where we will provide in-person care at the school with access to their instruction remotely in a safe structured place during traditional school hours (8:00AM – 3:00PM) to assist identified struggling students and working families who need the care. (Space is limited.)

Mobile Hotspots, where we connect student devices to a short-term solution providing them access to the Internet where there is limited access or multiple students sharing the same plan.

Hybrid CTE Model, where we continue to provide the option for hands-on learning in the Career & Technical Education programs with instructors working individually or in small groups with students a couple of days per week.  

Please call the school if you are interested in additional information.

Please join our Zoom meeting scheduled to address any questions and/or concerns.

Topic: Canaan Schools Plans to Continue Remote Learning

Time: Nov 24, 2020 06:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8022668910?pwd=V3ZHRnNBYXNXQlM3N1hOUHpxRit2QT09

Meeting ID: 802 266 8910 Passcode: 8910266

Or Dial by your location +1 301 715 8592

Dear Parents/Guardians

 Please take a moment to complete an important survey regarding

Canaan Schools return to in-person learning.    

We appreciate your prompt response and feedback

 

Survey link:   Parent/Guardian Survey

Need Child Care during Remote Learning?

If you need child care services during this period of remote learning. Northeast Kingdom Community Action Parent Child Center is available to assist you with the application and funding reimbursement process.

Please call our regional representative Jackie Joerg at 802-334-7316 or contact her via email at jjoerg@nekcavt.org.

All About Kids and Country Day School in Colebrook are currently approved child care providers and have available capacity to assist you.


IMPORTANT MESSAGE:

Remote Learning to Continue through the Thanksgiving Holiday

After consultation with the Vermont Department of Health and School Board members, we will continue remote teaching and learning through the Thanksgiving holiday. Although they feel that we have mitigation strategies in place to help prevent the spread of the virus within our schools, the infection rates continue to rise significantly in our area and New Hampshire border communities. Remote learning will continue for an additional seven days until November 24th.

We are hopeful that we will be able to return to in-person learning the week of November 30th but will plan to re-evaluate around Thanksgiving holiday.  We understand the best location for teaching and learning is physically at school, but feel these safety precautions are in the best interest of our students and staff.  We will continue to provide you and your children the supports and resources needed to be successful during this remote learning extension.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the school for any assistance.    

Thank you, stay safe and stay healthy!

REMOTE LEARNING:

Canaan Schools will switch to remote learning on Monday, November 2nd & Tuesday, November 3rd. The return to in-person learning will be re-evaluated once we confirm information with the Vermont Department of Health.

POP UP TESTING CLINIC - Beecher Falls Fire Station, November 4th    11:00 AM - 5:30PM

We have set up a pop up testing clinic with the VT Department of Health on Wednesday November 4, 2020 at the Beecher Falls Fire Station from 11:00 AM-5:30 PM. You will need to set up an account (if you don’t have one already) on the registration page.  Once the account is set up you will be able to select appointment slots for November 4th.  Walkins will be accepted but they would appreciate registrations.

You can register online at https://vermont.force.com/events/s/selfregistration.   Learn more about getting tested in Vermont.  

Thank you for understanding that, due to medical privacy laws, we are not able to release the names of the individuals with COVID-19. We will continue to communicate changes and updates with you.  With your participation, we believe we can create a safe and fun experience for your children.

 

THANK YOU CANAAN COMMUNITY

The Canaan School District would like to thank the voters of the community for their support on authorizing the One Million Dollar Bond to finance and implement school building improvements. (182 Voted Ballots:  123 in Favor, 56 Opposed, 3 Blank)

Canaan Schools

Re-opening Update

July 21, 2020

Dear Parents, Students and Guardians,

Canaan School District has established new procedures for arrival to school which adhere to the Safe and Healthy Guidance from the Vermont Agency of Education and the Vermont Department of Health on the reopening of schools this fall.

 Bus Transportation

In addition to the bus driver, all busses will have a bus monitor riding with them for the purpose of ensuring the required daily health check.   We will be providing all families with a thermometer and asking a member of the household to do a daily temperature check and complete a daily health check form. The health check form will document that the student does not have any of the following symptoms:  fever over 100.4, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.  This form must be provided to the bus monitor before allowing the student on the bus.  Should the form not accompany the student, the bus monitor will complete the health check to determine if the student is cleared to ride the bus.  

If a student is not cleared to be admitted to the bus, the bus driver will radio to the school to notify the family of this decision.  It will be imperative that as a family you have a plan in place if this should happen and keep the school informed of any changes to your contact information.

Hand sanitizer dispensers will be made available upon entry and exit of the bus.  The bus will have assigned seating and face coverings must always be worn while on the bus.  Upon arrival to school, the bus monitor will escort the students to their respective buildings; students will make their way to their classrooms and or homeroom.

Busses are scheduled to arrive at school at 7:35; further communication will be forthcoming regarding your bus pickup time.

 Parent Transportation

Parents should enter school grounds using the entrance by the ballfield on Route 102.   Drop off time will be

7:45 AM between the two buildings.  It is important that families adhere to these times due to procedures for health screenings.   Upon arrival, a staff health screener will greet your children at your vehicle.  We will be providing all families with a thermometer and asking a member of the household to do a daily temperature check and complete a daily health check form. The health check form will document that the student does not have any of the following:  fever over 100.4, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.  This form must be provided to the health screener before admittance to school will be permitted.  Should the form not accompany the student, the health screener will complete the health check to determine if the student is cleared to attend school. Once cleared students will go to their respective buildings and make their way to their classrooms and or homeroom.

 

Walkers/Student Drivers

Arrival time for walkers and student drivers will be 7:45 AM.  It is important that families adhere to these times due to procedures for health screenings.  Upon arrival, a staff health screener will greet your children at the door of their school building.    We will be providing all families with a thermometer and asking a member of the household to do a daily temperature check and complete a daily health check form. The health check form will document that the student does not have any of the following:  fever over 100.4, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.  This form must be provided to the health screener before admittance to school will be permitted.  Should the form not accompany the student, the health screener will complete the health check to determine if the student is cleared to attend school.  If the student is not cleared, they will be immediately isolated and required to go home.  All students that are cleared will make their way to their classrooms and or homeroom.

 Preschool

Arrival time for preschool will be between 8:15- 8:30 AM.  It is important that families adhere to these times due to procedures for health screenings.  Upon arrival, a staff health screener will greet your children at the door of the school building.   We will be providing all families with a thermometer and asking a member of the household to do a daily temperature check and complete a daily health check form. The health check form will document that the student does not have any of the following:  fever over 100.4, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.  This form must be provided to the health screener before admittance to school will be permitted.  Should the form not accompany the student, the health screener will complete the health check to determine if the student is cleared to attend school.  If the student is not cleared, they will be immediately isolated and required to go home.  All students that are cleared will make their way to their classroom.

 Parent Escorts

Parents will not be allowed to escort their children to their classrooms (except preschool students in which case parents will also need to be screened by the health screener and follow the guidelines of mask usage just as students do.)  If any parent has a concern regarding limiting parent escorts to the classroom, please reach out to us.

We will continue to prioritize the safety of children, staff and families using the guidelines given to us to enable children to return to school in a safe and healthy way.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at kconroy@ensuvt.org, dlynch@canaanschools.org, or mprehemo@canaanschools.org.                      

Stay safe and healthy,

Karen E. Conroy Superintendent

Deborah M. Lynch Principal

Megan Prehemo, RN Covid-19 Coordinator

Canaan Schools

Re-opening Update

July 16, 2020

Dear Canaan Parents, Students & Guardians,

We hope this letter finds all of you healthy and enjoying time together this summer!

With the announcement from the Vermont Secretary of Education to be able to reopen schools for in-person instruction in the fall, a steering committee was formed and has been diligently working through the Vermont Agency of Education and the Vermont Public Health Department safety and health guidance. This guidance was developed in conjunction with infectious disease experts, practitioners of pediatric medicine, public health experts and education professionals.

We are working through these documents, to ensure that we are prepared for a strong and healthy start for the reopening of school in the fall. We will continue to communicate any new protocols to families on how we will implement the requirements and recommendations. For your reference, the guidelines can be found on the following website. https://education.vermont.gov/news/covid-19-quidance-vermont-schools

We would like to inform you of the following key findings.

Students and staff will not be able to attend school if any one of the following symptoms are present, fever over 100.4, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell. Daily health checks will be required to be done prior to entrance at school or boarding a bus, to assess for any of the above symptoms. More details about these daily checks will be forthcoming in future communication.

Students and staff that develop any of the above-mentioned symptoms during the daily health check and or during the school day, will be immediately isolated and required to go home. Due to this requirement, it will be imperative that we have several means of communication to reach you, as well as reliable emergency contacts. We also suggest that as a family, you make alternative plans in the event your child does not pass the daily health check, prior to boarding the bus, upon entrance at school and or during the school day. We have attached the contact information on file. Please take the time to review and complete this form and return it to us as soon as possible in preparation for the start of school.

Wearing face coverings is a cultural change, however per the guidelines it will be a requirement for attendance by students, staff and any service providers. Discretion around the wearing of face coverings for children due to a medical and/or health conditions would require a discussion with a team including their primary care provider.

Acceptable face coverings include either a face mask or a face shield. The attached document will give you more information regarding face masks. Face masks are preferred but face shields are approved for protection and meet the guideline requirements. Face shields should extend below the chin, to the ears on both sides, and there should be no exposed gap between the forehead and the shield's headpiece. They should be cleaned if condensation or droplets are visible on the inside of the shield. They should also be cleaned regularly and handled like face coverings when putting on or removing (e.g. wash hands after handling).

If your children are not already practicing wearing masks in public, wearing them now and obtaining a mask that fits appropriately is strongly advised. If we work together, we can help children understand how to protect one another and make face coverings part of their daily routine so that play, learning, and other activities can be as safe as possible.

As a community we will come together to do what is best for our children. We are committed to prioritize the safety of children, staff, and families, while following the health and safety guidelines provided by the Vermont Agency of Education and Public Health Department. As we get closer to the opening of the school year, we will continue to communicate new procedures and protocols for a successful and healthy school year.

Please join us at our Informational Meeting scheduled for August 10th at 6:00PM at the Canaan Memorial High School Gymnasium (limited to state guidance on group capacity sizes) to answer questions related to the confirmation vote on the bond article and the return to school in the fall. Alternatively, you can connect remotely by calling the following number 646-558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 802 266 8910.

Stay safe and healthy,

Karen E. Conroy, Superintendent

Deborah M. Lynch, Principal

Megan Prehemo, RN Covid-19 Coordinator

A Strong and Healthy Start: Safety and Health Guidance

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The Agency of Education released health and safety guidance for reopening schools in the Fall 2020, co-issued with the Vermont Department of Health.  You may access the guidance from the following website: Safety & Health Guidance for Reopening Schools

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Vermont Foodbank and Vermont National Guard Distributing Meals

Posted:  4/21/20

The Vermont Foodbank and the Vermont National Guard will be distributing Meals Ready-To-Eat (MREs) at 5 locations around the state over the next 2 weeks. Anyone in need of food can go to these locations on the appointed days and receive a seven-day supply of Meals Ready-to-Eat (MRE) for each member of their household. Please see the press release from the Vermont Foodbank for distribution locations and times. Schools are encouraged to share this information with households. In addition, school meals programs are advised that MRE distribution in their community could mean a temporary decrease in demand for meals through the school food service program, particularly at grab-and-go locations.

Click Here for COVID-19 Guidance for Vermont Schools from Agency of Education

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Parent Support Line:

NKHS has established a NKHS Parent Support Line. They  have a phone number now dedicated to this community service.   This will be available Monday through Friday 8:30-5:00 until they increase to a 24/7 schedule. The plan is to be ready to provide 24/7 coverage.   This line is a dedicated warm line for parents and guardians to access when having difficulty managing their children’s behaviors at home.  It is staffed by NKHS’s Children’s Department clinicians.  

Feel free to give the number to your families for support in managing children's behaviors starting Friday April 3, 2020 at 8:30AM- 5:00 pm and during the work week.

 

NKHS Behavior Support Line 749-1111 (no 802 needed if calling from Vermont)

SCHOOL CLOSURE THROUGH END OF 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR 03/26/2020

Governor Scott directed school districts to make preparations for a transition to Continuity of Learning for the remainder of the school year. To support this transition to remote learning, the Agency of Education will be issuing forthcoming guidance on the following topics:

MESSAGE TO PARENTS ON REMOTE LEARNING 03/24/2020

As we are all operating in the shadows of a global pandemic, I have asked my staff to be open-minded and flexible in shifting to a distance learning experience for our students.  During this initial closure, each teacher will be tracking student progress in their gradebooks to help us better understand our student’s ability to access distance learning and what types of supports they will need.  They will use this progress monitoring to develop educational plans, should school closures be extended beyond the initial period.

It is vital that students participate in these learning activities to be able to identify what works well for engaging students at home and to identify any challenging circumstances making distance learning difficult.  We may not be standing by our students in a traditional classroom setting, but our teachers are working extraordinarily hard to provide meaningful activities remotely to all of our students.

Stay healthy and feel free to reach out to me or directly to the teacher with any specific questions and/or concerns.

MESSAGE ABOUT CHILDCARE SERVICES FOR ESSENTIAL PERSONS 3/19/2020

Essential workers who need help finding childcare should visit:

Essential Workers Online Request Form or call 2-1-1 ext. 6

The Governor has ordered all schools and state-regulated child care programs to provide child care services for all Essential Persons.

A list of essential positions that qualify for services can be found at: https://vem.vermont.gov/essentialpersons

Eligible families can complete the form and the State, through the Agency of Education for school-aged children through grade 8, and Child Development Division for younger children, will work to connect essential workers who need childcare with options for their children.

FREE MEALS DELIVERED FOR ALL STUDENTS Updated 3/17/2020

Click here for the Detailed Letter on the Meals Program

Please email Bridget Cross at bcross@ensuvt.org or call 802-266-3330 ext. 203 to accept the meal delivery, to opt out of the program or if you have any questions or concerns.

The Canaan School District’s Child Nutrition Program is committed to strengthening our community by providing healthy and well-balanced meals to children. As it has been announced, Canaan Schools will be closed beginning on Wednesday, March 18th. While schools remain closed, we will continue to feed our students.

 

We will be preparing bagged meals (breakfast and lunch) out of our kitchen, where the Abbey Group staff will prepare meals in a safe and sanitary environment. Meals will be provided Monday through Friday, rain or shine, and will be delivered right to your home.  To exercise the recommended social distancing, the meals will be left on your front doorstep every morning.  

 

Meals are free to all children ages 18 and under, no application or prior approval is needed. This meal service will begin on Monday, March 23rd. Menus will follow our basic ‘summer meals’ offering. Click here for the Menu

 

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