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COVID-19

Update from the Superintendent

October 17, 2021

Dear BUUSD Community,

I wanted to take an opportunity to give a few quick updates that will be helpful to know going into this week…

COVID-19 Communications Update Many of you surely noticed last week a slow down in the pace of Covid notifications that have been an unfortunate and steady part of our inboxes these last two months. I wish I could say that this happened because we had no positive cases, but alas that is not the reason. The plan going forward is to provide weekly updates to each school with total case counts along with the number of cases for that week. These will come out at the end of each week, and our hope is that the weekly notification will give everyone a chance to see the number counts in their school without the relentless daily updates. Here is a start with the counts (positive student and adult cases in school, leading to a need to contact trace) for each school as of this weekend:

  • BTMES: 53 cases since school started (5 this week: October 11-15)
  • BCEMS: 44 cases (9 this week)
  • SHS/SEA: 11 Cases (2 this week)
  • CVCC: 3 Cases (0 this week)

Vermont as a whole has had a significant uptick in positive cases the last two weeks, with our region being hit very hard. The trend is concerning for sure.

Though I know this communication strategy will be welcome to many of you, I would bet that there are some that would prefer the daily updates. We are constantly looking at improving our communication, and we really want your feedback! I also hope to have updates on the state's Test to Stay program and the status of vaccinations for our 5-11 year olds later this week. Information is changing and getting updated by the day - stay tuned!

Bus Update As many of us know, we have been down bus drivers in recent weeks, and there has been a big impact on our routes as a result. This is certainly not making any of what we're dealing with any easier! Student Transportation of America runs our district's bus service out of their Williamstown office, and they need drivers. In fact, pretty much the whole country needs drivers! If you have the time and are interested in learning how to drive a bus and stepping up in a big way for your community, here is a link to STA's job application:

STA Job Application

All bus drivers need to be trained and carry a CDL (Commercial Drivers License) but we understand that the state is easing their requirements to make it far less of a lengthy and difficult process. Check out this WCAX story from this weekend:

What's the Solution to the Region's Bus Driver Shortage?

We are certainly not alone! Thank you for reading everyone - I wish you all a healthy and productive week.

Chris

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