The Hornet Buzz

EHS Newsletter: 09/17/21

Covid Updates from the EHS Health Office

The nurses at EHS want to commend our students and families for their help and cooperation during the ongoing pandemic. Students have been amazing in their attention to all the protocols and requirements this year. We thank our families for keeping ill students home and picking them up should illness start at school. We understand how difficult this is for everyone.

What we do know as of this time:

  • Face coverings will continue to be required until at least Oct 4, 2021

  • Vaccination clinics will continue to be operated and our next one is Oct 30, 2021

  • Sometime in mid-October, we hope to start Covid surveillance testing for students and staff. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

The nurses are available to answer any questions via phone at 857-7788 or email at We know the guidance on close contacts, exposure, and quarantine may be confusing so please reach out with any concerns.

Emergency Drills

Essex High School, in partnership with the Center for Technology, Essex, works hard to ensure students are prepared in the event of an emergency. Part of this process involves emergency drills, as required by the Vermont Agency of Education.

Schools are required to hold two types of drills this year, active intruder and fire egress. We need to hold one of each drill in the first 30 days of school, and then additional drills throughout the school year. We have already completed our first active intruder instructional drill and an actual fire egress drill.

For more information regarding our emergency response protocols, please visit the EWSD website.

One Heart

Hello from One Heart! We are participating in the Outright VT Virtual Fire Truck Pull this year and need your help to pull the truck! Please join us Friday, 9/17, at 4pm in front of the school to help us film our fire truck pull. Come as you are, wear what you want (rainbows encouraged). We also have a fundraising goal of $3,000!! You can help us by donating a little bit and sharing with your family and friends. Our name is Ban the Binary and our site is: Thank you for your support - One Heart!

Order Picture Day Photos Online

The online proofing will remain open until midnight on Friday, 9/17

event: EHS

Passcode: ehs321

Coffee House; Sept 17

We are excited to announce there will be 4 In-Person Coffee Houses this year! Fill out this form if you wish to perform!

We can only take 25 performers at each event. It will be first-come, first-served. After you sign up, you will receive a confirmation email from Mrs. Koch telling you if you secured a spot or not. Please only sign up if you DEFINITELY plan to perform so that you don't take someone else's spot. Prepare a song, poem, story, or another form of performance art beforehand.

We are SO looking forward to seeing EHS's creative side! See you all soon!

Governor's Institute of VT

This summer saw the advent of GIV's first-ever one-day programs - and the fun isn't over yet!

Come join Vermont AHEC and GIV for a "First Aid Field Day" on Saturday, September 25th from 9AM to 4PM at North Country Union High School!

With the help of special guests Newport EMS, everyone who attends will get their Stop the Bleed certification, participate in a mass casualty roleplay scenario, tour an ambulance, and much more!

This program is totally FREE to attend for any and all 9th - 12th grade students, and lunch will be provided. There are a limited number of spots available, so be sure to register now!

Click this link to start filling out the registration form. We'll see you there!

Equity Advisory Committee Application Process

With the adoption of the Equity Policy by the EWSD Board on June 15, 2021, District leadership is now eager to establish the EWSD Equity Advisory Committee. The Committee will be charged with "the development, monitoring, and adjustment of the procedure for implementation of this policy."

The Equity Advisory Committee will provide ongoing feedback to EWSD leaders in order to implement, operationalize, monitor, and evaluate the District's equity goals. The Committee will hold one two-hour meeting each month. Members of the committee will receive $50 stipends for each meeting, including any additional meetings needed. The commitment would be for one year with the option to renew for another year.

We wish to draw from all parts of the EWSD community informing the Committee; thus, community members, EWSD employees, and students are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please complete the application here by September 27, 2021.

Questions may be sent to Erin Maguire or Sarah Warrington, Executive Assistant to the Director of Equity & Inclusion, at or call 802.857.2007.

Student Job Opportunity

EHS Student Speaks at Town Hall Meeting alongside Sen. Bernie Sanders

Iris Hsiang, 12th grader at EHS, was a guest speaker at the outdoor town hall meeting in Middlebury on September 6th. Senator Bernie Sanders hosted this event to celebrate local communities with “good food, good friends, good music, and to learn about a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill that he is currently working hard to pass”. At this event, there was also a FREE walk-up COVID-19 vaccination, provided by Rescue Inc


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