remote learning

SHOREHAM — Due to staffing challenges, the Shoreham Elementary School will be moving to fully remote learning beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, January 13, according to an email from Principal Michael Lenox. The decision was made in response to an increase in COVID activity in the school community. Too many staff, students and families need to be tested and quarantine while awaiting results to meet the school's staffing needs this week. "We are hopeful that we will get the results and be able to confidently reopen next Wednesday, January 20," said Lenox.  Breakfasts and lunches will be delivered...
VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Superintendent Sheila Soule told the ANWSD board at its Nov. 16 meeting that the school district is taking steps to prepare for remote learning after the week-long Thanksgiving break, including sending internet devices home with students.  Soule said administrators were also asking district teachers to follow state guidelines on traveling and avoiding large family and social gatherings over the holidays, noting the district is “short-staffed” when it comes to substitute teachers. If too many teachers test positive for COVID-19 or have to quarantine, she said,...

ADDISON NORTHWEST SCHOOL District Superintendent Sheila Soule
VERGENNES — On March 13 Vermont school districts leaned they had just a few days to organize an orderly transition to remote learning that would last until April 6. Thirteen days later it was official: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plans to offer “maintenance of learning” for a couple of weeks became distance learning for the rest of the school year. As was the case around Vermont, Addison Northwest School District administrators and teachers then scrambled to come up with approaches that would meet the needs of all students throughout all grade levels. Despite some inconsistencies shown in a...
Deb Rickner
For 27 years Bristol Elementary art teacher Deb Rickner has helped each of her sixth-grade students paint one cinderblock of the school's walls. This spring, because of the pandemic, she found a way for students to participate in the project from home. Independent photo/Christopher Ross.
BRISTOL — For nearly three decades, under the guidance of art teacher Deb Rickner, each graduating sixth-grader at Bristol Elementary School (BES) has created a personal design and painted it onto one cinderblock of the building’s interior. “The project must be about the kids, personally, like putting their stamp on the school,” Rickner told the Independent in a recent interview. Rickner’s students’ first canvas was the school cafeteria, where over the years successive classes of sixth-graders filled up every block that was safe to paint. In 2002 the project shifted to the hallways of the 5/6...

MAUSD EMPLOYEES DRESS in costume as they help out with the MAUSD meals delivery program.
Editor's note: This is a project of the Mount Abraham Unified School District's Community Engagement Committee (CEC). The Addison Independent is hosting this content as a service to the community. Names of the interviewees have been withheld in accordance with the commitments made by the CEC for the project. (Click here to read more about this project.) Part 5: Is there anything else you’d want people to know about what this shift has been like, so far? Kindergartener It’s been sad and also exciting. It’s been exciting because in the wintertime, when we go to school in the morning, we have to...

STAFF FROM THE MAUSD Essential Persons Childcare Program show off their masks.
Editor's note: This is a project of the Mount Abraham Unified School District's Community Engagement Committee (CEC). The Addison Independent is hosting this content as a service to the community. Names of the interviewees have been withheld in accordance with the commitments made by the CEC for the project. (Click here to read more about this project.)   Part 4: What have been the biggest surprises or discoveries you’ve made in shifting the way you work? Kindergartener Well, at first I didn’t even know what the coronavirus was. I thought this might be something good. Now I know it makes...

TWO MAUSD STUDENTS write Two Way Postcards as part of a program connecting students and the elderly during the pandemic.
Editor's note: This is a project of the Mount Abraham Unified School District's Community Engagement Committee (CEC). The Addison Independent is hosting this content as a service to the community. Names of the interviewees have been withheld in accordance with the commitments made by the CEC for the project. (Click here to read more about this project.) Part 3: What have been the most helpful supports for you so far in shifting the way you work? Kindergartener My mom and dad help me — they say, “You can do it.” My teacher says, “Keep doing your work and your brains will grow.” Second-grader...

STAFF FROM THE MAUSD Essential Persons Childcare Program wear masks.
Editor's note: This is a project of the Mount Abraham Unified School District's Community Engagement Committee (CEC). The Addison Independent is hosting this content as a service to the community. Names of the interviewees have been withheld in accordance with the commitments made by the CEC for the project. (Click here to read more about this project.)   Part 2: What have been your biggest challenges or concerns related to your work during this time?   Kindergartener   Reading is hard because I’m not really good at it. I’m not really having so much fun because my friends aren’t...

An MAUSD elementary school student participates in remote learning. Photo courtesy of the MAUSD.
Editor's note: This is a project of the Mount Abraham Unified School District's Community Engagement Committee (CEC). The Addison Independent is hosting this content as a service to the community. Names of the interviewees have been withheld in accordance with the commitments made by the CEC for the project. (Click here to read more about this project.) Part 1: What does your working life as a (student, teacher, administrator) look like these days? What have been the biggest shifts in your everyday routine? What does a typical work day look  like for you during this time? Kindergartener First...

An MAUSD elementary school student participates in remote learning. Photo courtesy of the MAUSD.
Editor's note: This is a project of the Mount Abraham Unified School District's Community Engagement Committee (CEC). The Addison Independent is hosting this content as a service to the community. Names of the interviewees have been withheld in accordance with the commitments made by the CEC for the project. On Sunday, March 15, Gov. Phil Scott ordered all Vermont schools closed as of Wednesday, March 18, until at least April 6. Scott’s directive tasked all local school districts with planning to continue to offer food and special needs services, and ensuring children would continue to be...

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