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Family Newsletter 4.2.21

Harwood Families,

As we continue to work to cultivate and maintain a community where all students, staff and families feel safe - seen, heard, understood and respected our first action step has been refining our attendance system.

This requires collaboration and strong communication from all stakeholders - families/caregivers, staff, and students.


  • Completing the absence doc. when your child will be tardy, absent or leaving early


  • Completing accurate attendance during each block of the day

  • Call down to front office if a discrepancy in attendance


  • Being in their assigned classes on time each block of the day - both remote, ELO and in person

  • Signing in, having note when arriving tardy

In order to support all of us in being on the same page. Please find below some frequently asked questions and reminders around attendance.

***Please Check this link for Important Attendance Reminders for Students and Caregivers

What is an excused absence?

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

  • Death in the family

  • Post secondary opportunity visit

Is an unexcused absence a negative thing?

  • Unexcused absences are not a negative thing.

    • Singular, sporadic unexcused absences are not typically problematic and help us determine missed class/assignments and necessary follow up.

    • Accumulated unexcused absences flag unexpected patterns, and enables us to follow up and check in and find out more to best support student success and overall well-being.

What is our athletic eligibility attendance policy?

  • If a student is marked unexcused absent from any class they are not able to practice that day.

*Please see the HUHMS Student Athlete Handbook for details on student-athlete eligibility. The handbook can also be found on the Athletics page on our Harwood Website.

Ending the year STRONG will support us in beginning STRONG.

Thank you for your ongoing partnership,

Laurie, Meg and Duane



This is a critical moment in our fight against the pandemic. As we see increases in cases, we can’t afford to let our guard down. We are so close — so very close to getting back to the everyday activities we all miss so much, but we’re not quite there yet.

  • Get vaccinated when you are eligible

If we’re acting together, we can defeat this.

Contact your school nurse with questions or concerns.

Tracy Taylor RN

Amanda Brown RN




  • Calendar Updates:

  • 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



Harwood Student Government and Rotary Interact Sponsored Blood Drive ~Ellett Merriman

A big Thank You again to the community for helping the Rotary Interact Club raise money and collect bottles during our bottle drive. Rotary Interact and Harwood Student Government are co-hosting the annual Blood Drive. You may be wary about donating this year however there is a large demand for it. It would be greatly appreciated if you were able to donate. You may wonder why is this year so different? It just so happens that with the ongoing pandemic, the Red Cross needs the help of blood and platelet donors. The American Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet, and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. As part of that effort, plasma from whole blood donations that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions.

We will be hosting the Blood Drive at St Leo's Parish in Waterbury VT.

This will take place on April 28th, 2021 from 10:30 - 3:30.

The eligibility requirements are the following:

  • Be in good general health and feeling well.

  • Be at least 17 years old in most states (16 years old with parental consent in some states).

  • Weigh at least 110 lbs. Additional height and weight requirements apply for donors 18 years old and younger and all high school student donors.

  • Have not donated blood in the last 56 days.

We would really appreciate your help at this time and are grateful for the already outstanding community that we are! We hope you will consider donating on April 28th!

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

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 for updates and changes to COVID-19 related guidance.

Tracy Taylor school nurse

Amanda Brown school nurse

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

Nurses Office

Phone # 802-583-8151


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