EMS Newsletter

October 2, 2020

Dear EMS Families,

I would like to take a moment to thank Engage EMS for the meeting that took place on Wednesday, September 25. Engage EMS is the "PTO" for Edmunds Middle School. I value open communication, and this was a great chance to meet with parents from our community. Honest questions were asked, and I hope that all left with a deeper understanding. I appreciated hearing the different perspectives that were brought forward, and that meeting has initiated conversations that I have had with staff and our superintendent.

Engage EMS meets the second Wednesday of each month.The meetings last from 6-7:30pm, and meetings are located at Edmunds Middle School.

A few things that I would like to draw to your attention:

- On Thursday and Friday of last week, we conducted fire drills.

- On Monday and Tuesday of this week, we conducted emergency drill discussions with the students.

- School pictures were taken on Tuesday and Thursday of this week.

Again... thank you to all the parents who showed up to share their questions, perspectives, and ideas. I left the meeting with some new insight.

With Gratitude,


Food News

The Burlington School Food Project will be providing drive-thru/walk up meal box distribution every Wednesday and Friday at the following times and locations:

North Avenue Alliance Church: 3:00-4:30

Sustainability Academy: 3:00-4:30

Dealer.com parking lot: 3:00-4:30

B&G Club/Roosevelt Park: 5:00-6:00

The boxes will contain some ready to eat items and some bulk items. ALL FAMILIES ARE WELCOME with no eligibility requirements.

Much thanks to our Community Partners, North Avenue Alliance Church, Dealer.com, and the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington for their continued support!

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Take & Make Kits from the Library

The Fletcher Free Library wants to make you FREE take-home kits of fun things to do at home! We want to know what you would like to do, and how you would like to use the kits. Have your child(ren) follow this link to the form to let library personnel know their preferences.

More Enrichment/Extension Opportunities for Kids

Are you looking for enrichment or extension opportunities for your child during remote learning days? If so, these activities from UVM Extension 4-H might be of interest.

Check out our offerings.

All programs are FREE but registration is required. Programs are developed for certain ages but please inquire if interested.

Some remote learning day activities to think about:

Youth Environmental Summit (grades 6-12):

This year's Summit will run for 3 weeks with a kick-off on Friday, October 30 and stay open until November 20. This will allow you to attend when it works with your schedule! Using Flipgrid we are building a virtual community learning space with keynotes, workshops, "Be the Change Audio Wall" and more to make sure the sharing, learning, and networking that usually happens at YES will still happen.

4-H Speak Up Contest (grade 3-12):

Part of civic engagement, a key mission of the 4-H program, is helping young people use their voice to drive change in their communities. The 4-H Speak Up contest encourages youth to explore and share their thoughts and ideas. Enter a video for a chance to be heard! Contest ends November 30; a $50 gift certificate will be awarded to the winner in each age category.Gardening & Nutrition (grades 6-12): Sessions continue on Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov 10, Nov 17, 11:00 a.m. - 12 noon. Explore fall harvesting and how to prepare and preserve your crops.

VTeen Science Exploration (grades 7-12):

Join us every Wednesday afternoon from 3:30 - 4:45 pm at our weekly virtual teen science cafe where you will meet a scientist, learn about their work, explore different science pathways, engage in informal discussions and ask questions. We record all sessions. You can see a list of past and upcoming teen science cafes to decide what you would like to watch and then click here for the recordings or register for the live session.

QuaranTeen Time (grades 7-12):

These sessions were held April - June 2020. You can see a list of topics and then, to view recordings, click here.

Natural Resource Management Academy (grades 7-12):

This program was offered in July 2020. You can see a list of topics and then, to view recordings, click here.

Distance Learning Socials (grades 3-8):

This program was held April - June 2020. You can see a list of topics and then, to view recordings, click here.

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From the Health Office


Traveling Outside of Vermont: Important Guidelines to Follow

Are you and your family thinking about traveling outside of Vermont? If so, here is a link to the Vermont Travel map that shows cases per million; it is color coded and intended to be used to determine if you need to quarantine upon return or not.

  • Link to the State of Vermont Travel Map:


What are the quarantine guidelines when returning to Vermont?

  • If traveling by personal vehicle to a county with less than 400 active cases per one million residents of COVID-19 (GREEN area on the map) , you do not have to quarantine once returning to VT.

  • If traveling to a county with more than 400 active cases per one million residents of COVID-19 (YELLOW or RED areas on the map), you must quarantine for a total of 14 days or 7 days with a negative COVID test.

  • Traveling by airplane, regardless of the color of the place you are traveling to, is considered high risk and the same quarantining guidelines should be followed as traveling to a RED area.

What if the color changes in the county you’re visiting before you return to Vermont; what do you do?

  • If the color changes — Please use the color of the county on the day you leave VT to help you determine whether or not you need to quarantine when you return to VT.

  • What does this mean?

An example: You plan to travel and are leaving today. You check to see what the color of the county you’re traveling to is and it’s GREEN. It is now Sunday and you’re planning to travel home but you notice the county you have been in all weekend is all of a sudden red. As long as you have traveled in your personal/private vehicle, you do not need to quarantine once you’re back in VT since the color was green when you left VT.

Are you hosting friends/family from another county and are unsure as to whether or not your household (not your guests) should be quarantining as well?

  • Hosting friends/family members from outside of VT — While your guests may need to quarantine based on what color the county is that they’re traveling from, you and your family who reside within the household do not need to quarantine as well. Quarantining guidelines are only applicable to the traveler, and therefore students CAN still come to school when someone in the house has traveled from any other area.

  • This also applies to family members who may have traveled. The family member who traveled should follow quarantine guidelines. Those who stayed home can still go to school and out into the community as usual, but the person who traveled should not.

Please note: Be sure to maintain at least 6-feet distance from those who have traveled and wear masks when in common spaces (even inside your home) where social distancing is not possible. Remember to frequently wash your hands as well as frequently touched surfaces (e.g. bathroom, kitchen) until the end of the quarantine period (either 14 days or 7 days followed by a negative COVID-19 test).