Dear BUUSD Community,
All BUUSD schools will remain in fully remote operation through the December break and will return to in-person learning on Monday, January 4, 2021.
This includes Barre City Elementary & Middle School, Barre Town Middle & Elementary School, Spaulding High School, Central Vermont Career Center, SEA, and all Pre-K Programs.
This decision has been made due to the continued spike in the COVID-19 cases in our schools, Washington County, and specifically the greater Barre area. BUUSD has seen 16 cases since our schools opened this fall. We are currently monitoring five active cases at this time. Vermont has seen its greatest spikes in COVID-19 cases after holidays. We will be continually monitoring COVID-19 activity during this period and will provide weekly updates to the community.
The teachers and administrators know that remote learning brings many challenges for families. One of the important factors we considered was providing a stable learning environment while keeping our school community safe. We all look forward to the day that we can return to in-person learning. This will depend on adults and students following the critically important guidance of Governor Scott and Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine who stated “But the fact is, Thanksgiving could make things a lot worse for us here in Vermont. The virus doesn’t operate any differently just because we want to keep up traditions. As soon as we travel, get together with others, and let down our guard, we risk opening the floodgates even wider - at a time when we really need to keep them closed.”
Superintendent of Schools