We'll add to this as more questions are shared.
What are the most important things parents can do? Keep your child home when sick. If your child has any symptoms get a COVID test. Follow quarantine rules if your child is a close contact. Make smart choices about interactions with friends and family members.
Why does the CSVD close contact policy diverge from CDC close contact policy for K-12? We follow the guidelines from the VT Department of Health and Agency of Education, which are largely built off of the CDC, but are not exact in every way.
What changes are being made in the cafeteria? K-8 Students will not only sit by class at tables, they will also have assigned seats to help minimize exposure. Tables are spread apart from other tables as much as space allows. Dining outdoors is always an option.
How do I know what to do if I think my child might be sick? Always contact your child's doctor! Please refer to the 2021-2022 CVSD COVID Symptomatic and Positive Cases Guide for more information. Be sure to contact your school's nurse as well.
What does it mean to quarantine? There's a page in the 2021-2022 CVSD COVID Symptomatic and Positive Cases Guide that provides good answers to this question.
Are CVSD schools considering ongoing in-school testing? Yes, CVSD will participate in Vermont’s surveillance testing program. Our staff is in the process of getting trained, and the state’s surveillance testing contractor, CIC Health, is creating the infrastructure for the delivery of tools and picking up completed tests. To find out some the FAQs regarding Vermont’s surveillance testing program, visit the AOE surveillance testing webpage.
Will CVSD be checking on student vaccination status? CVSD will begin collecting verification of student vaccination cards (for those eligible) and parent-signed attestations within the next few weeks. When we have set up our process for collecting this information, we will communicate it with families.
Is everyone wearing masks? Yes, all adults and students in our schools wear masks when indoors. This may be re-evaluated for those that are eligible for vaccines, sometime in October. Masks are also required on all school buses. They are not required when outdoors.
What about social distancing? Presently, there are no recommendations from CDC or VT Agency of Education regarding social distancing. However, we will do our best to configure classroom seating and cafeteria tables with the maximum allowable space between students.
Can a student continue to attend school if their sibling is identified as a close contact and under quarantine? When a student is identified as a close contact, but not positive themselves, siblings are still allowed to attend school if the person (parent or child) who is a close contact is able to quarantine from the rest of the family. If families are unable to keep the close-contact parent or child quarantined from all other family members, they must keep their other students at home. Each family system and setup is unique in terms of how and when they interact in their home, so it’s not a one-size-fits-all answer. This can also vary greatly depending on the age and developmental stage of the student. If you decide to keep siblings home, please be sure to notify their teacher.
What does it mean to be a close contact on the bus? If a student tests positive for COVID who rode the bus, that does NOT mean that all students who rode the bus are automatically close contacts. We are required to identify students in 8 adjacent bus benches as close contacts of the person who tested positive, including the bus bench of the person who tested positive. Those sitting two benches in front, two behind, and across the aisle from the person who tested positive, plus one bench in front and one behind the bench across the aisle will be considered close contacts. We will also factor in the length of the bus ride when determining close contacts. For now, we are asking families who are within walking or riding distance to school, to encourage your child(ren) to walk/ride rather than take the school bus. Similarly, if your family schedule allows you to deliver your child by personal vehicle, we encourage you to do so at this time of elevated positive cases. This will result in greater spacing between students on the bus.