Windham Northeast Supervisory Union
Starts April 12th
This is a reminder that all schools in WNESU will be on April Vacation from April 12th - 16th. I hope you all have a safe and relaxing break. You all deserve it!!
Ends April 16th
Updates and News
Mr. John Broadley is the Next BFUHS Principal
The board approved Mr. Broadley as the next Principal of Bellows Falls Union High school on April 12, 2021, BFUHS Board Meeting. We are all excited to have him stepping up to take over the helm for Mr. Hodsden and would like to congratulate him!!
We had 11 total applicants for the position. Among these applicants, we had very few applicants that met the basic qualifications for the position, years of experience, and Licensure. In my experience with filling Principal positions, High School Principals have always been difficult positions to fill even in non-pandemic times. So I am not surprised there was a very limited pool of qualified candidates to choose from. We interviewed two candidates out of the 11.
The interviews took place on Wednesday, April 7. With an Interview Committee that consists of:
9 Faculty and staff.
BFUHS Board Chair
After these interviews, it was unanimously decided by this committee that the current BFUHS Assistant Principal Mr. John Broadley be the next Principal. The committee recommended his appointment to the BFUHS Board for the position of Principal of BFUHS starting on July 1, 2021. On April 12, 2021, the BFUHS school board accepted the recommendation of the Committee and Superintendent and voted to have Mr. John Broadley as the next Principal of Bellows Falls Union High School.
Mr. Broadley has been the Assistant Principal at BFUHS since 2002 and we are fortunate to have him take over the reins as the next Principal of BFUHS. As Mr. Broadley stated to the committee during his interview. “I live in the community. I raised my kids in the community and my blood runs purple. I love my job and my community and come to work every day with a smile on my face.”
Cross-State Traveling During Spring Recess
Hello WNESU Community,
The Vermont Forward Plan that was recently announced makes changes to the cross-state travel rules for Vermonters. The rule which takes effect on April 9th states that Vermonters may engage in cross-state travel without the need to quarantine. Upon return, however, unvaccinated Vermonters must obtain a PCR COVID-19 test within 3 days of returning to the state.
To continue to keep our schools open and safe it is important that we all adhere to this guidance and get tested within 3 days of returning to Vermont.
Also, it will be very important to monitor for any symptoms of COVID-19, and please do not send your child to school if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or if they are sick.
Please remember that you are encouraged to complete the Daily Home Screening prior to your student’s arrival at school every day. The form can be found on the individual school's webpages as well as the WNESU web page (located on the Self Screen tab)
You will be required to pick up your child at school if they have symptoms of COVID-19, so please have a plan in place for transportation.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact your school nurse with questions.
Travel Advisory for Easter and April Break
Please be advised that if your student travels outside of the State of Vermont, for non-essential purposes, they will need to quarantine for 14 days at home (even if it is only a day trip or even if parents and guardians are currently immunized, students will need to quarantine if they travel).
As of today, the travel rules have not changed. Please refer to this information from the state:
Last week Vermont schools had the highest number of COVID19 cases so far. Please be respectful and honest as we still are working hard to keep our schools, safe, healthy, and in person.
All Elementary School in WNESU will Return to 5 days a Week
Hello Elementary School Families,
We are excited to announce that, starting the week of April 19th, Westminster Center School, Central School, Saxtons River School, and the Athens/Grafton School will be open to in-person instruction 5 days a week. We will no longer be holding remote learning on Wednesdays.
Our Elementary Principal Team and the Superintendent would like to thank all the students, staff, and families for being patient and committed to safety this year. This support has allowed us to move forward continually, and we are excited to have students in the building full time finally.
Also, the BFUHS and the BFMS will be having their students back 5 days a week, sometime during May. More information will be coming out shortly from the BFMS & BFUHS Principals.
Thank you all,
Spring Sports Programs for the 2020-2021 School Year
School-based spring sports programs may initiate coach-led practice sessions (e.g., skills and drills work) and inter-squad scrimmages (within a school program) no earlier than April 5, 2021; a limited exception is provided for baseball pitchers and catchers to begin coach-led practice sessions on March 29, 2021. School-sponsored spring sports programs may initiate interscholastic games, meets, and competitions no earlier than April 17, 2021.
Students traveling out-of-state must follow ACCD and Department of Health guidance around quarantine before returning to school; the same quarantine requirements also apply to participate in any school-based activity, including sports. More information is available on Spring Sports Programs for 2020-2021 School Year (Updated: March 23, 2021) Page 2 of 5 the Vermont Department of Health’s COVID-19 travel site and in the Agency of Commerce and Community Development’s guidance
- Two-ply facial coverings are required to be worn by all players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators at all times, including during active play, games, and competitions.
- All players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators should complete a health check before arriving at school-sponsored practice sessions, scrimmages, games, meets, or competitions.
- Meets may only occur between or involve Vermont-based teams and interstate teams where the school fully adheres to the AOE Strong and Healthy Start guidance.
- Parents/caregivers or other designated adults should be encouraged to transport participants to off-site, interscholastic games to minimize the number of participants requiring bus transportation. Anyone utilizing shared transport (i.e., bus or carpooling with anyone outside your immediate household unit) is required to wear facial coverings and comply with all other relevant guidelines in the most current health guidance published by the Agency of Education related to buses and transportation.
- The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and measures should be put in place to ensure social distancing between households. Interactions between spectators and participants should be minimized before, during, and after events. At no time shall the total number of spectators exceed current limits on event size – currently 150 for outdoor events.
- Two-ply facial coverings are required to be worn by all players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators at all times, but for the limited exemptions provided above.
- Teams should prioritize non-contact activity, such as conditioning and drills where physical distance can be maintained, and give strong consideration to implementing modifications to reduce the intensity of face-to-face contact and promote physical distancing.
- During times when athletes are not actively participating in practice or competition, appropriate physical distancing should be maintained. Structure team meetings to limit congregation and ensure physical distancing between players on the sidelines or benches or in the dugout.
- During the competition, alter the spacing of players, coaches, officials, and staff to achieve physical distancing to the greatest extent possible. Discourage unnecessary physical contact, such as high fives, handshakes, fist bumps, or hugs.
- Equipment and other supplies touched by participants must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible.
- No spitting or expulsion of bodily fluids of any sort on the playing service (field, court, ice, etc.), or anywhere in or around the playing service or in the facility.
- If restroom facilities (including portalets) will be provided for spectators, they should be cleaned and disinfected regularly, consistent with CDC guidance. If restroom facilities will not be available for public use, notify spectators ahead of time so they can prepare appropriately.
- Concession operations must adhere to the most current guidance published by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development for foodservice operations.
Provided by: Agency of Education released Spring Sports guidance, co-issued with the Agency of Natural Resources
Welcome to Marie DuPont
VT Teacher's of the Year
Athens/Grafton teacher Kellie Hallock and Saxtons River teacher Jaime Douglass. They both have received the Vermont Teacher of the year award for WNESU. CONGRATULATION to both of them for this well-deserved honor!
Details of Statewide Summative Assessment
WHEN: The test window for ELA, Math, and Science will take place as planned, beginning on March 16, 2021, and closing on June 18, 2021.
WHERE: All assessments must be delivered to students in person (i.e., remote options are not available)
WHY: Decisions to support this kind of test administration (i.e., full-length test, typical test window, and in-person testing) have been made to do all that we can to maximize the likelihood of this test administration producing valid results. By maintaining a typical administration, we believe we are increasing the odds that we will see value from this experience (as opposed to not being able to use the results).
HOW: Typical test administration protocols should be implemented in a way that maintains safety for students and test administrators.
Upcoming/Active Testing Windows
Access 2.0 and Alt Access: Jan. 4 - April 30, 2021
ELA/Math/Science: March 16- June 11, 2021
Vermont Alternate Assessments (VTAA): March 16-June 11, 2021
NAEP School Survey: March 22-26, 2021
Current Enrollment by School
Central Elementary School 144
Saxtons River Elementary School 77
Grafton Elementary School 48
Westminster Center School 151
Bellows Falls Middle School 232
Bellows Falls Union High School 313
Total number of student in WNESU 1053