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Family Newsletter 4.16.21

Harwood Families -

The resilience fostered and practiced in the last 13 months of uncertainty and continuous change should continue to remind us all of our strength and adaptability.

We are stronger together and will continue to charter this new reality by learning from our experiences to date, maximizing the opportunities surfaced during this time and prioritizing that which is most sacred - community and connection!

To this end, our pivot to 4 days on site as an entire Harwood community when we return from April break on 4/26/21 will be one focused on that which our students identified needing:

  1. A safe learning environment

  2. A scaffolded start that prioritizes our health and well being

To accomplish this we will:

  • maintain our routines and expectations

  • create time to build team as our black and gold cohorts come together for the first time this year

  • maximize learning time outside

  • ensure time to adjust to the increase in stimulation through mask, brain and body breaks

As we did at the start of the year we have put together a Q&A (see below) to provide clarity for families and students. Please reach out with any lingering questions.

In partnership,

Meg, Laurie and Duane



What are expectations for attendance for students - even if they have a job?

  • Students are expected to be in onsite for school all 4 days - they will be marked unexcused unless they are out for:

  • Illness - Mental Health/Physical Health (with doctor’s note after 3 absences); Chronic absence due to illness will be marked unexcused absence

  • Death in the family

  • Post Postsecondary opportunity visit

Will there be any changes to our current Wednesday schedule?

  • No

What are the expectations for screening starting on 4/26?

  • All students are required to complete the daily screening form and take their temperature before coming to school.

  • If your family is in need of a thermometer please contact the nurses office. hunurse@huusd.org or call 802-583-8151

  • The daily screening form is located on the school website. https://www.harwood.org/

  • Our screening staff will continue to greet students, verify the daily screening is complete, and assist students with completing the screening form if they were unable to complete the form at home.

  • Students will be asked to use hand sanitizer upon entry.

  • The new screening questions will be:

  • In the last 24 hours have you had a fever over 100.4 degrees?

  • Have you felt unwell with any of the following symptoms?

  • Shortness of breath

  • Cough

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or Runny Nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Within the past 14 days, have you been in close physical contact (6 feet or closer for at least 15 minutes) with a person who is known to have COVID-19?

If you answered “yes” to any of the screening questions do not come to school!

  • Complete an absence form

  • Contact the school nurse for guidance and procedures.


  • Students and Adults who are NOT fully vaccinated must complete a COVID-19 PCR test within 3 days of return to Vermont. (Fully vaccinated means that you have received all doses of your COVID-19 vaccine and it has been 14 days from your final dose of COVID-19 vaccine)

  • NO quarantine required after travel while waiting for the test results

  • You are NOT required to report or provide a negative test result to the school in order to return. If you receive a positive Covid-19 test result-

Parent’s/Guardians are expected to immediately notify the school nurse at hunurse@huusd.org or call 802-583-8151

to travel internationally, please contact your school nurse in advance of


  • If you’re planning to travel or gather, please review these prevention steps, and tips on weighing the risk before going out or making plans.

  • As a reminder, please stay home if you are sick and follow the current guidelines.

What are the distancing expectations with the new guidance?

  • 3 ft. between students

  • 6 ft. between students at lunch

  • 6 ft. between staff

  • 6 ft. between staff and students except for quick check ins for feedback and support

What will our schedule be when we return on 4/26?

  • We will maintain our current schedule with the exception of:

  • Flex block (block 4) = Mon/Thurs ONLY

  • ELO (HS only) (block 4) = Tues/Fri

Can students be excused from classes for approved Flexible Pathways such as Independent Studies, Internships, Dual Enrollment and service minutes?


  • Students who have approved internships (through Next Step) and have been utilizing their asynchronous days to schedule this work, will be allowed to continue in their current position, understanding that reasonable adjustments to their schedules will be made when possible. Students are responsible for completing any classwork missed, as they would be for any other absence.

  • Students who are involved in an approved Independent Study and Dual Enrollment that necessitates meeting with other community members to fulfill the expectations, and have been utilizing their asynchronous days to schedule this work, will be allowed to continue these meetings, understanding that reasonable adjustments to their schedules will be made when possible. Time for independent work is to be managed outside of their school class schedule. Students are responsible for completing any classwork missed, as they would be for any other absence.

  • Students receiving direct instruction from a Special Educator will be excused from class through communication between the Special Educator and the classroom teacher. The regular “pass” system will be utilized when leaving/returning to the classroom. The completion of missed classwork will be negotiated on an individual basis.

How will students be assigned to ELO’s during block 4 on Tuesday and Friday?

  • We will continue to utilize the Adaptive Scheduler programming. The additional blocks will be set up for access.

  • Sign ups should be completed by the end of TA on that day (either Tues. or Fri).

What time will Harwood open each morning for screening?

  • As has been the case all year Harwood will open at 7:45 for screening.

  • Please note all Entrance doors will be closed until 7:45.

  • Students who arrive after 8:17 are expected to go through the front door and sign in at the front office where their screening will be completed.

How will we screen so many more students at the start of the day?

  • We will have 3 entrances for screening:

  • HUMS entrance - for all Middle School students

  • All Middle School students are asked to walk to the front door of the Middle School after being dropped off.

  • Front Entrance - for High School students taking the bus

  • South Entrance - for all students being dropped off or student drivers

How will we monitor traffic in order to keep our community safe during drop off and pick up?

  • As we did at the start of the year, a staff member will be designated as a traffic monitor at the south end of the building to assist with the number of vehicles (parent/student) arriving at HU each day.