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COVID-19 Guidelines and Information

Bishop Marshall School is currently planning to open for in-person learning on September 8th, 2020.

Governor Scott’s Executive Order regarding the first day of school for Vermont students includes independent schools.  This means that our first day of school has been moved from August 24, 2020 to September 8, 2020.

We will be TOGETHER again!

Read our Reopening Guide for Parents HERE!

(This page will be updated as new information is finalized and adjusted.)

 In early June we established a planning committee to begin working and planning how to safely re-open schools following the Vermont Agency of Education’s safety and health guidance – A Strong and Healthy Start.   This committee is made up of teachers, parents, a board member, and administration.  Together they are tasked with creating new protocols, procedures, and guidance based upon the state’s current information and guidelines.

What do the state guidelines mean?

Secretary of Education, Dan French, has worked with a comprehensive team of educators, health care experts, and others to carefully craft guidelines to help schools open for in person learning in the fall if feasible.  These guidelines will likely evolve and change as the year progresses and CoVid-19 case numbers increase and decrease in our state.  The state has designed three phases, or steps, that they expect we will cycle through during the course of the school year.  The three steps are:

  • Step I: Schools are closed for in-person instruction.  Remote learning will occur.
  • Step II: Schools are open for in-person instruction with enhanced physical distancing measures and for children who live in the local geographic area only (within the state)
  • Step III: Schools are open for in-person instruction with distancing measures.  Attendance will be restricted to those from other Step III areas only.

At this time, the state expects to begin school at the end of August in Step II and hopefully move to Step III should all go well and case numbers continue to decline.

We have some exciting updates as we look toward the fall! 

  • We have been able to secure 15 Chromebooks and 5 iPads for student use through our access to Title IV funds (supports the comprehensive needs of students in a variety of settings) for the 2020-2021 school year!  This equipment will be available for students who need access, should the state require that we dismiss again this coming year.  
  • Also, through our access to Title I funds (provision of educational services for populations in need), we will welcome a Literacy and Math Interventionist who will engage with students in grades K-8!  This will be a licensed teacher who will work with students needing extra support (both remediation and enrichment) in those two content areas.  
  • We are also advertising for a part-time school nurse, using our (anticipated) access to CARES Act funding.  
  • Finally, through Title IIA funds (professional development for teachers), teachers will continue their work with a Literacy Coach and teachers will also work with a Math Coach to strengthen instructional practices. These are very exciting additions and we know how much this will mean to our school community.  

What will school look like when we reopen this fall?

Read our Reopening Guide for Parents HERE!

Do you have a question after reading our reopening guidelines? We will be creating a Q&A Parent Video answering your questions! Video to be published the week of August 10th.

Reopening Questions

  • Please type your question in the space below. We would love to try to answer your question in our Q&A Parent Video to be published the week of August 10th.

Read Mrs. Wilson’s letter to families, July 2nd, 2020

Other resources:

Vermont Department of Health COVID-19 Site

Vermont Agency of Education COVID-19 Guidance for Vermont Schools

Let’s Grow Kids: Coronavirus Resources

Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health COVID-19 Resources

Application for Free and Reduced Priced School Meals


What did distance learning look like at BJAMS in the spring of 2020? 

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