Attention OSSD Community:
While OSSD schools and offices are closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we will be communicating updates here as they become available.
To contact the Superintendent's Office, Business Office, or Special Education office, please click here: OSSD Special Announcement
School Specific information can be found here:
Randolph Technical Career Center: RTCC COVID-19 Info
Randolph Union Middle and High School: RUHS COVID-19 info
OSSD Elementary Schools: RES, Braintree and Brookfield Elementary COVID-19 Info
Governor Phil Scott has announced that schools will remain closed for the balance of the school year. Click here to read the full press release regarding school closure from the Governor's office: Schools Closed for Balance of School Year
5/14: A couple of staffing and Covid-19 related announcements:
The first is one of sadness and congratulations. RTCC Director Jason Gingold has been named the director of the Burlington Technical Center. Jason has been an exceptional leader and has moved every aspect of RTCC forward during his tenure to the tremendous benefit of students and staff alike. Of all the good works Jason has been engaged in, perhaps that for which he should most be honored is the climate of dignity, courtesy and respect he has fostered across the RTCC campus. In his place we will welcome Felicia Allard this Fall as she begins her tenure as the RTCC director. You can read more about Felicia here.
As the end of the school year rapidly approaches, the district run food distribution service and childcare for essential workers will also end. The last day for both of these programs will be June 17th. The local food bank is gearing up and will provide services during the summer months, we will send out more information on this in the near future.
With childcare centers allowed to re-open on June 1st, our childcare program for essential workers is winding down to closure. June 17th will be the last day, barring any further directives from state government. This will allow these families some transition time to reengage their children back into their previous programs.
What the fall looks like in terms of our students coming back to school is an unknown at this point, we will share all the information and guidance we receive on a return to school when the picture becomes clearer; our hope, like yours, is for a return to normal because it is safe to do so.
4/20: The Vermont Department of Public Service has put together a comprehensive map of buildings where public WI-FI is available. The sites are accessible at all hours from a parked vehicle on the road or parking lots (to maintain proper social distancing). This is an important resource for those with limited home internet service.
Wife HotSpots around Vermont
4/13: We will be changing our hours at the Braintree Elementary food pick up site. Beginning Wednesday (4/15), the site will be in operation from 11am – 12pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The Brookfield Elementary and Randolph High School sites will continue operating from 11am -1pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If you miss the Braintree window, you are welcome to use the other two sites.
I want to thank everyone for their composure during this unprecedented time of change in how we are delivering instruction. Like all new things, it will take some time for all of us to learn to navigate this new environment fluently and it will be difficult at times. Those of you that may be struggling a bit right now, I ask you to stick with it and not give up, what you are experiencing is normal. With a few more attempts, things will get easier and within a few weeks you’ll be fluent in the new system. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your schools if you have questions or need assistance.
Superintendents Update 4:3:20
Special Update 4/3: The week of April 20th is school vacation week and even though students are learning from home, it is still a vacation week for students and staff. That said, given the needs of the community during this crisis, our food distribution sites will still operate on their normal schedules during vacation week as well as our childcare service for essential workers. Given the tremendous support our three communities have given to our schools over the years, it couldn’t be otherwise.
3/31 Update: Gifford Medical Center Needs Our Help. Gifford Medical Center needs equipment and supply donations. To aid the hospital, beginning on Tuesday (3/31), the district is setting up a drop-off point for collections. The district will then deliver the equipment to the hospital daily. These are donations, so please only provide what you do not expect to get back.
As they gear up to help the local area combat COVID-19, Gifford needs the following additional supplies:
1. Disinfecting wipes
2. Hand sanitizer
A cart and table will be set up each day by the Randolph Union High School (RUHS) senior gym entrance. Please deposit donations at that location. Folks should maintain their social distancing from another and not congregate in the area, the area is also under video surveillance for your safety and to ensure all the donations go to Gifford Hospital. Your support will help the hospital care for the community at this critical time.
Click here for ideas and resources from Prevent Child Abuse VT: PCAVT Resources
Click here for ways to reduce stress and anxiety as recommended by the CDC: Managing Anxiety and Stress in Difficult Times
Given that this can be a stressful time for both students and their families, help is available through these 24-hour resources to all members of our communities.
Text “VT” to 741741 from anywhere, anytime, about any crisis.
You can also call your local Mental Health Center:
Orange county: 800-639-6360
Windsor county: 800-622-4235
Washington county: 802-229-0591
Special Education Update:
Please know that the information below may change on a daily basis, as we receive more guidance from the federal and state government(s).
While the schools are closed, students will be provided with remote support via online conferencing, phone, email, or any other services found to be suitable by your child’s provider. For those students who have specialized services (e.g. occupational therapy, speech therapy, one-to-one paraprofessional) that cannot be provided remotely, they will be provided with compensatory services after this crisis has ended. We do not want to put your child or the teachers at risk by having them physically meet during this time.
Lastly, when things return to normal, all students on educational plans will be evaluated by their respective teams and compensatory services will be provided if needed and as determined by the team.
Again, this may change as further guidance is provided from the various agencies that oversee these types of services.
Please check this page regularly for updates and information on when (or if) schools will re-open.
Layne W. Millington