~ SCHOOL EMERGENCY INFORMATION GUIDE ~
A school crisis can take a number of forms including an environmental event, such as a chemical spill or gas leak; a weather emergency, such as a tornado warning; or an intruder in or near the school. The nature of a school crisis dictates whether school officials will put in place a lockdown, lockout, shelter-in-place, evacuation or any combination of these protocols, as a means to ensure the safety and well-being of students and staff.
CLICK HERE to see how U-32 responds to these emergencies.
~ U-32 FEATURED IN AGENCY OF EDUCATION VIDEO ~
Last year, u-32 was evaluated by a team of teachers, administrators, students and members of the Agency of Education to see how well we were meeting the educational goals of the state. From this evaluation, U-32 was chosen as a school with a "promising practice." Our Teacher Advisory, TA, system and our overall school culture was chosen as an example to be shared with others. A video was produced to show what we do here at U-32. It really showcases what is great about U-32.
CLICK HERE for AOE video link.
~ SCHOOL CANCELLATIONS, DELAYED STARTS & EARLY RELEASES ~
As we move into the time of year when the weather can impact our daily commutes, I would like to assure you that the safety of our students is my highest priority. I would like to explain how we make determinations about school cancellations, delayed starts, and early releases in general.
Within 72 hours of a potential inclement weather event, we start to receive information from both the Burlington office of the National Weather Service and local meteorologist Roger Hill warning us that there might be a chance of difficult driving conditions. The day before the event, we receive updates from both of our weather services with storm models that predict the timing, the intensity, the duration, and the types of precipitation and the temperature. Approximately 10 hours before we have to make the school closing decision, we receive an updated model package and check-in with the town road crews to ascertain their readiness for the storm. On the day of the event, at 4:30 am, we start a communication protocol with all five town road crews, First Student bus company, and Roger Hill to see if anything has changed from the night before. By 5:40 am we have to make the determination to run our regular schedule or to delay or cancel school. If we are any later than this time, the bus company and the town road crews cannot ensure that students will arrive at school safely.
If the predictions are different than what a bus driver experiences while on the road, our drivers are instructed to stop where they are and wait for support from the town road crews to help improve the driving conditions. At the same time, the buses are in constant communication with both the bus garage and the supervisory union office.
I am thankful that First Student and the town road crews work with us to always make the safety of our students their first priority to ensure that everyone stays safe while on the roads.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please let me know.
Bill Kimball | Superintendent of Schools | Washington Central Supervisory Union
As in previous years, our school board has chosen to participate in the Winooski Valley Regional Public School Choice Collaborative for 2018-2019. Through this program and the state school choice program, students may apply to go to any public high school in Vermont at no cost. The Vermont Legislature passed a law in May 2012 (Act 129, Sec. 34. § 822d 2A) which allows high school students to apply through school choice to any public high school in Vermont. This law sets rules for school districts regarding the number of entering and exiting student slots allowed through school choice. Students are chosen by lottery from all the applicants for each school district based on the number of open slots. You may view school choice information at the Vermont Department of Education website: http://education.vermont.gov/vermont-schools/school-operations/public-schools/public-high-school-choice
If your high school student is interested in attending a public high school other than U-32 next year, please contact U-32 Student Services to obtain a school choice application form at 802-229-0322 or email email@example.com. Completed applications must be received in Student Services by Thursday, March 1, 2018. You will be informed of the outcome of the lottery by April 1, 2018. *Parents are responsible for providing their student’s transportation if they are chosen.*
"The U-32 Board of School Directors has agreed to accept no more than 10 students and will send no more than 40 students for the 2018-2019 school year lottery. Of the 10 students accepted to U-32, seven current lottery students will remain, leaving 3 open slots for the 2018-2019 lottery."
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IC PARENT PORTAL SECURITY UPDATE - Washington Central Supervisory Union is updating their security protocol in the IC Parent Portal to better protect the privacy and security of the users. All users will be required to add additional security preferences when registering a new IC account or logging into an existing IC account. Security preferences are another layer of protection for your account and will allow you to reset your password should you ever need to. Users can log in up to three times before these settings will be required.
Here our security changes document that will walk any user through this one time process.
| COFFEE / TEA WITH THE PRINCIPAL |
| FEBRUARY HOME GAMES |
Jan. 2 | JV & V Girls' Basketball vs. Spaulding | 5:30 / 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 5 | Boys' Ice Hockey vs. Burr & Burton | 3:30 p.m.
Feb. 5 | 7 & 8 Girls' Basketball vs. North Country | 5:15 / 6:15 p.m.
Feb. 5 | JV B Girls' Basketball vs. Mt. Abraham | 7:15 p.m.
Feb. 6 | JV & V Girls' Basketball vs. Harwood | 5:30 / 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 7 | Boys' Ice Hockey vs. Stowe | 5:00 p.m.
Feb. 8 | JV & V Girls' Basketball vs. Lake Region | 5:30 / 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 10 | HS & MS Nordic Skiing Skate Meet | 10 a.m.
Feb. 13 | Girls' 8 & Boys' 8 Basketball vs. Lyndon | 5:15 / 6:15
Feb. 14 | Girls' Ice Hockey vs. Woodstock | 4:15 p.m.
Feb. 14 | JV & V Boys Basketball vs. Lyndon | 5:30 / 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 14 | Boys' Ice Hockey vs. Essex | 6:15 p.m.
Feb. 16 | JV & V Boys' Basketball vs. Randolph | 5:30 / 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 17 | JV B Girls' Basketball vs. St. Johnsbury | 10 a.m.
Feb. 17 | JV & V Girls' Basketball vs. Montpelier | 1:00 / 2:30 p.m.
Feb. 19 | Girls' Ice Hockey vs. Missiquoi | 4:45 p.m.
Feb. 21 | JV & V Boys' Basketball vs. Thetford | 5:30 / 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 24 | Girls' Ice Hockey vs. NCU / LI | 4:15 p.m.
Feb. 24 | Boys' Ice Hockey vs. CVU | 6:15 p.m.
Feb. 28 | JV & V Boys' Basketball vs. Williamstown | 5:30 / 7:00 p.m.
| 8th GRADE WASHINGTON DC TRIP INFORMATION UPDATE |
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20- Parent / Guardian meeting to organize the Spaghetti Dinner, Silent Auction and Raffle at 6:30 p.m. in Middle School Room 15.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 - Students will receive their Spaghetti Dinner, Silent Auction and Raffle packet with all the information, instruction and tickets needed.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 - FINAL Spaghetti Dinner, Silent Auction & Raffle organizational meeting at 6 p.m. in Middle School Room 15.
FRIDAY, MARCH 9 - Students should each have $550 in their account.
FRIDAY, MARCH 23 - Spaghetti Dinner, Silent Auction & Raffle. Dinner seatings at 5:30 and 7:00 p.m.
FRIDAY, APRIL 5 - FINAL PAYMENTS DUE. All Students need to have $660 in their account.