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Family Newsletter 3.19.21

Harwood families and students -


On March 16th, in Atlanta, Georgia 8 people were murdered - 6 were Asian American women.


Since COVID began increased acts of racism and hatred towards Asain Americans have increased across our country.


These acts of racism towards Asian Americans have occurred here in Vermont as well.


This week the Harwood staff met with Rebecca Haslam who has been leading our district wide inservice on equity and racism.


As an Asain American woman, who lives and works in Vermont - she has experienced this racism first hand. From comments in the grocery store blaming her for the pandemic and telling her to “go home” to experiencing an incident where her physical safety was put in immediate jeopardy.


As a community, we are committed to cultivating and maintaining a community where all students, staff and families feel safe - seen, heard, understood and respected.


Please join us in embracing this work by considering how you can speak up. We encourage you to take some time with your family to look at this resource put out by Learning for Justice to consider strategies for how to speak up. You can also print out this pocket guide to keep in your wallet to use as a prompt when the moment arises.


In ongoing partnership,

Meg, Laurie and Duane

Curious

  • Student drivers

  • Now that our screening system is fully underway we invite student drivers to use the South entrance instead of the back entrance for screening.

  • 2021-2022 School Calendar - Please find the link to next year’s calendar, also posted on our website.

Connected

  • Calendar Updates:

  • 03/23 - 9th grade virtual Transition night - more details forthcoming

  • 03/26 - No School

  • 04/09 - End of Quarter 3

  • 4/19 - 4/23 - April Vacation - NO School

  • 06/11 - Last day of school

  • 06/12 - Harwood Graduation *details forthcoming


  • HUUSD’s Annual Report is available here and on our website. then provide the link


  • IMPORTANT Please review the following School Bus Information

NOTICE: Harwood Union Middle/High School Bus riders will be asked to utilize the Harwood Transit cards (ZPass System) to assist school staff with identifying what students ride which bus each day regardless of any change in the bus they take to or from school. Students will be expected to swipe the card for both AM and PM bus routes - daily routes only. This is more important than ever given during this COVID school year. If students need a transit card please see Nancy Myrto. If you have questions contact Duane Pierson at dpierson@huusd.org.


Click on the link below to learn more about the Harwood Transit card system:

Harwood Transit Card information

Caring


Everyone Eats and Share MRV Free Healthy Meals:


  • Free meals to anyone in the community who has been impacted in any way by the pandemic. Not only will you get a delicious meal, but you a re helping your local economy by supporting a valley restaurant and its employees. Come to the Big Picture Theater and grab a meal for you and your neighbor on Saturdays 11-1:00.

  • For more information, call 8802-505-9149 or send an email to ShareMRA @gmail.com.


Free Meals for Children 18 & Younger

  • Did you know you can get free breakfasts and lunches for your children 18 and under? That includes littles not yet enrolled in school! Sign up for meals here. Free meals are not only for families in need, and you won’t be “taking away” a meal from someone in need if you decide to get a meal for your child(ren). Please take advantage of this wonderful benefit, the more meals served, the better it is for the HUUSD Food & Nutrition Program.


Updates from our Health Office-Please contact the school nurses with your questions and to report any test results. At 802-583-8151 phone 802-882-1197 Fax


  • Vermonters are still advised against any non-essential travel, including within Vermont, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. There is a mandatory quarantine for anyone returning or traveling to Vermont.

  • Please remember that if you travel out of Vermont whether for a day trip or longer, you must quarantine in Vermont when you return for 14 days. You can end your quarantine early if you haven't had any symptoms of COVID-19, get a PCR test on or after Day 7, get a negative test result, still do not have symptoms, and continue to monitor yourself for symptoms for the full 14 days.

  • If you are visiting outside Vermont for a longer period, and you will travel back to Vermont in a personal vehicle (including a rental vehicle or private plane), you may complete either a 14-day quarantine or if you have not had any symptoms of COVID-19, a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative PCR test in the state where you are visiting. Continue to quarantine from when you receive your test result until you travel to Vermont. You may then enter Vermont without further quarantine restrictions. You must continue to monitor yourself for symptoms for the full 14 days.

  • If your family plans to travel out of state and your child participates in sports, you must communicate your plan with the Harwood School Nurses, Athletic Department and Coaches and receive clearance from the school nurse before your student may return to sports.

  • Please monitor the Vermont Health Department web site https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19 for updates and changes to COVID-19 related guidance.


Tracy Taylor school nurse ttaylor@huusd.org

Amanda Brown school nurse abadgley@huusd.org


Thank you for doing your part in keeping our schools open and safe.

Nurses Office

Phone # 802-583-8151

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