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The Agency of Education created the weekly field memo to keep subscribers up-to-date with current education policy, state-wide education initiatives, and official messages from the AOE. The field memo may also include education-related items from other state agencies. And at our discretion, we may include other events or information from other organizations not directly affiliated with the AOE. The field memo is not intended to serve as a newsletter.

Volume 14, Issue 26

01 July 2020

COVID-19 Updates and Guidance for Schools

This section of the Weekly Field Memo contains updates to COVID-19 guidance from the Vermont Agency of Education released since the last Weekly Field Memo. For a complete list of AOE-issued guidance, please visit our COVID-19 Guidance for Vermont Schools and Continuity of Learning websites. For the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on the COVID-19 response in Vermont, visit the Health Department's Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) website.

Guidance: Finance

Audience: Superintendents, Independent School Heads, Business Managers
Since last week's Weekly Field Memo, the Agency of Education has updated Agency of Education COVID-19-Related Financial Guidance (Updated 6/26).
Contact: Kathy Flanagan at kathy.flanagan@vermont.gov

Vermont PBS: Program Schedule

Audience: Curriculum Directors, Principals, PreK-12 Teachers
The Vermont PBS Week-Ahead Program Schedule for the week of July 6, 2020, is now available. For the summer months, the schedule is focused on two channels. Please pass the information along to families.
Contacts: Pat Fitzsimmons at pat.fitzsimmons@vermont.org or Heather Duhamel at hduhamel@vermontpbs.org


Other Agency of Education and State of Vermont Updates

This section of the Weekly Field Memo contains posts from the Agency of Education and other State of Vermont agencies that are not specifically related to the COVID-19 Response.

Principal Directory Update

Audience: Superintendents
The Agency of Education is requesting the name, email address and name of school for any new principals in your district for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Please send the information to Glenn Bouchard at glenn.bouchard@vermont.gov by July 10, 2020. We are not currently requesting assistant principals.
Contact: Glenn Bouchard at glenn.bouchard@vermont.gov

DC#04 End of Year Official Collection Opening

Audience: Superintendents, Data Managers, Business Managers
The Agency of Education plans to open the VT SLDS SY19-20 DC#04_EndOfYear_Official Collection on July 13, 2020. The DC#04_EndOfYear_Official data submission must be certified by your SU/SD by August 14, 2020.
Contact: AOE.SLDSInfo@vermont.gov

Registration Open: UVM AHEC's New School Nurse Training Program

Audience: School Nurses, Principals, Superintendents, Independent School Heads
The University of Vermont, Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program, and the Vermont Department of Health, will be holding two half-day virtual school nurse trainings on Wednesday and Thursday, August 12 and 13, 2020, from 8 a.m. to noon. This voluntary training complements the required online New School Nurse Orientation needed for endorsement as a Licensed School Nurse or Associate School Nurse by the Vermont Agency of Education. The AHEC training is free and open to Registered Nurses (RNs) who are newly-hired school nurses, school nurses with fewer than three years of experience, substitute and per diem nurses, and RNs who are interested in becoming school nurses and completed the Vermont Agency of Education online orientation. Our application for continuing education (CE) credits is underway. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration ends July 29, 2020. For more information, contact Jennifer Savage at jennifer.savage@uvm.edu
Contact: Sharonlee Trefry at sharonlee.trefry@vermont.gov or (802) 863-7348

How to Create a New Position for a School Nurse

Audience: Superintendents, Independent School Heads
COVID-19 has prompted some schools to consider creating a school nurse or licensed health clinician position for consultation or assistance with student and staff health needs during this unprecedented pandemic. This opportunity to increase access to accurate public health information, training and education of school personnel and students is an investment in student learning. This document, created by the Vermont Department of Health and shared at their request: Tips on Creating School Nurse Positions During COVID-19 provides strategies and guidance on creating a School Nursing position to support all students, keep personnel healthy and assure students have equitable access to their learning opportunities.
Contact: Sharonlee Trefry at sharonlee.trefry@vermont.gov


Courtesy Posts

The views, opinions and resources shared in this section of the WFM are solely those of the original contributors. The Agency of Education does not endorse the views expressed by these contributors and reserves the right to refuse submissions. Questions related to any of these resources should be directed to the organizations, people and opportunities as shared. Please refer to the Weekly Field Memo submission guidelines for additional information.

Until further notice, the Courtesy Posts will only include posts related to in-person training, events or meetings that affirmatively comply with current health guidance from the Vermont Department of Health, the Agency of Commerce and Community Development and/or the Vermont Agency of Education.

100th Anniversary Grant Opportunity

In recognition of our 100th Anniversary, New England Dairy is excited to announce a funding opportunity from New England Dairy Farmers to schools in Vermont to support food service needs related to serving meals in alternative ways related to COVID-19 social distancing measures during the 2020-21 school year. We understand feeding students during this time will require drastic changes in some schools and we want to support the outstanding efforts of school nutrition professionals to make sure our students are nourished and ready to learn. Allowable costs associated with this grant funding include equipment and materials related to serving and promoting dairy with school meals. Non-allowable costs associated with this funding include but are not limited to sanitation equipment/supplies, disposable items and stipends. Visit the New England Dairy website for an application and more details. Deadline to apply: August 7, 2020.
Contaact: Jill Hussels at jhussels@newenglanddairy.com

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