COVID-19 update

COVID-19 update


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
Recent Updates:

6/5: ELIGIBLE CHILDREN WILL GET A FOOD BENEFIT TO MAKE UP FOR MISSED FREE OR REDUCED-PRICE MEALS AT SCHOOL

The federal government has authorized the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) and Agency of Education (AOE) to provide a temporary food benefit to eligible children in Vermont. Households with eligible children will receive a benefit of $387.60 per eligible child. It is called a Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (or P-EBT).

How The Benefit Will Be Issued:

Households that currently get 3SquaresVT on an EBT card will be issued this additional benefit on their cards automatically. Other households will be issued special P-EBT cards. They should have received their cards in the mail by May 27, 2020. P-EBT benefits may be used to buy eligible food items anywhere 3SquaresVT is accepted. Benefits will be active for a year from the date of issuance and are non-transferable.

To Learn More

See Frequently-Asked Questions about the P-EBT benefit: https://dcf.vermont.gov/COVID- 19
Learn about the benefits available from DCF: https://dcf.vermont.gov/ benefits

6/1:  We are beginning this week to plan out the protocols for a fall return to school.  We are unclear as of yet if students will be returning to normal session,  if districts will use a hybrid model (half the students one day, half the students the next day) or if we will be in remote session; hopefully, clarification will be forthcoming from the state.  Regardless of the modality, we want to be prepared and will use the current CDC guidelines to steer our planning. 

Our food distribution service will end on June 17th.  The Randolph Food Shelf will be stepping in to take over that work during the summer months.  Please fill out the registration form below if you would like to continue receiving food for your student. Please return the form by June 5th to the email address on the form. SKiP Registration Form
Our childcare program for essential workers will also end on June 17th, so it is important that folks using those services plan an alternative in the time that remains.  Private childcare centers were given the greenlight to reopen as of yesterday (June 1st) and should be sought out if needed.
5/28: Important end-of-year message from Supt. Layne Millington: Message to the Community 5:28
5/14:  A couple of staffing and Covid-19 related announcements:  RTCC Director Jason Gingold has been named 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.
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
Supts Update 3:31
Food Distribution Update
Child Care Update
Distance Learning Update
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. 

Additional Resources:
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
Update from Gifford Medical Center: Gifford Medical Center Coronavirus Update.

Update from the Vermont Department of Health: VT and the Novel Coronavirus

Counseling Resources:
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

Please check this page regularly for updates and information on when (or if) schools will re-open.

Most Sincerely,
Layne W. Millington
OSSD Superintendent