49 Court Drive, Brandon, Vermont 05733

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...dedicated to the development of character, competence, creativity and community.

Oct. 7, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians

We experienced a flurry of positive cases in both students and adults this past 10 days. A couple of reminders to keep us all safe and healthy:

  • Be sure to keep your child home if they have any symptoms or feel ill ( see below)

  • Masks will be worn on buses and indoors at all times. 

  • Chromebooks should be sent home with students and returned to school each day

When we have a positive case, we immediately identify and notify close contacts using the VT Dept of Health guidelines. We then send general notification to the school. Unfortunately, we have had to close a few classrooms over the past week and a half and ultimately, closed Neshobe for two days. If an entire class is out on quarantine, we will provide distance learning. We will re-open the class when more than half of the students are cleared to return with a negative test. However, once a teacher has students in person once again, we will stop the distance learning. 

This email covers

  • Guidance on When to keep your child home

  • Staffing and Bus Transportation Issues

  • Calendar Reminder:  Oct 8 and Oct 15

  • School Board Meetings

Guidance on When to keep your child home

Per VT Dept of Health guidelines, students and staff with symptoms of COVID should be excluded from school. If your child as any of the following symptoms, they need to stay home until their symptoms have been improved for at least 24 hours without the use of Tylenol or Ibuprofen. If your child has one or more symptoms for more than 24 hours, please consult their healthcare provider for guidance and testing. If your child is tested for COVID, they should stay home until negative test results are received. Written test results will be required before returning to school.

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue (Very Tired)

  • Muscle aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Runny nose

  • Nausea or Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Staffing and Bus Transportation Issues

We continue to have significant issues with finding substitute teachers and bus drivers. Like our colleagues around us, we are not fully staffed and we are not getting applicants. The result is that buses are being asked to do double runs, making some kids late and others very early. This schedule changes on a daily basis in response to what staffing we do have. This is very disruptive to families and we deeply regret this. If you know of anyone interested in being a bus driver or a substitute teacher, please have them contact our HR department. We are in dire need! 

Calendar Reminder:  Oct 8 and Oct 15

  • Oct 8-Oct break, no school 

  • Oct 15- Early Release Day 

School Board Meetings

In August, Board meetings returned to in-person meetings with a zoom option for those who wish to attend virtually. Meeting information can be found on the district calendar or on the district website,,  

  • BUU Board meets Oct. 18, 6 pm. 

  • RNESU Board meets Oct. 20, 5 pm @ OV North Campus 

  • OVUU Board meets Oct. 20, 6 pm @ OV North Campus

Enjoy the weekend and stay warm. See you next week!


Jeanné Collins, Superintendent of RNESU

School Safety Hotline # (844) 723-3488 or or text to 274637, type in keyword SAFE4VT and then your tip