March 15 Letter

Dear Parents, Staff and Community Members:

Thank you to everyone who has expressed support, asked good questions, and helped to make our job easier as we work together to understand the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak and react responsibly. A special thank you to the Glenburn Safety Committee for their contributions and input.

In an effort to proactively slow the spread of COVID-19, I am reiterating that Glenburn School will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27th. No classes, clubs, or activities will be held, and our school buildings will be closed. This closure is subject to change as the situation develops and new information becomes available.

Our decision is based on input from the CDC, Department of Education, board chairs, and from the many medical professionals in the community. We acknowledge the rapidly changing situation in schools across the country. Our civic duty is to help “flatten the curve” and slow down the community spread by minimizing student proximity to each other.

I know that this decision will put some of our families in further difficulty and wish that this would not be the case. It is clear that it is imperative that our communities and state start to put into effect Social Distancing strategies – being at least 6-8’ apart immediately. Further communication and information will be forthcoming from our school as we proceed forward and monitor the current situation.

Please know we do not take this action lightly but feel it is in the best interest of the health of our students, staff, and community members at this time.

COMMUNICATION: SchoolMessenger will be used to send updates as we gather more details and make decisions about next steps. SchoolMessenger is the tool we usually use to call, email or text to communicate immediate information such as snow day cancellations. Additionally, we encourage you to check our website and Facebook page.

STUDENTS WORKING FROM HOME: To prepare for a possible school closure, staff have been working to create work packets or online resources for students. These learning opportunities are recommended and strongly encouraged to assist your child in maintaining his/her reading, writing and math skills and their quest/hunger/passion/desire for learning during this unexpected school closure. Starting Tuesday, March 17 you can access your child’s classroom folder at learn.glenburnschool.us for learning opportunities.

FEEDING OUR KIDS
Glenburn School does not meet the requirements established as an approved feeding site. Therefore, we will put a list out of the local approved feeding sites that will be open to distribute meals to any Glenburn student Pre-K to 12th grade. Many area schools do qualify as feeding sites and will feed anyone who goes there. No questions are asked. No IDs are required. However, no adults will be fed at these sites. Students only (Pre-k-12) will receive meals at these sites. Students will need to physically be in the vehicle to receive these meals. Please understand that you cannot just go to a feeding site and expect to get all these meals without a student associated with the meal. They will hand out 2-3 meals at a time at these sites for each student, so you don’t have to travel to the site every day. Mrs. Thayer will have a list of addresses of these approved feeding sites tomorrow. If transportation is a hardship, please contact Deanna Thayer 947-8769 EXT 355 and we will work with the town, staff members, and other volunteers to make arrangements to get your school age children to one of these sites.

At this time we would love to have non-perishable food items donated to us so that we can put boxes together for any families that are in need of help. Through our Helping Hands program, food will be provided to Helping Hands families for the 2 weeks school is out of session. You can drop off donated items tomorrow between 6 – 11 AM and 3 – 7 PM at the main entrance. We will box up and distribute the donated items as needed. If you need extra help with meal items in this 2 weeks you can email Heidi Thayer (email below) or contact Deanna Thayer at 947-8769 Ext 355 and leave a message with contact number to arrange pick-up or delivery. You may also email Mrs. Dee Thayer at thayerd@glenburnschool.us or Mrs. Heidi Thayer at thayerh@glenburnschool.us.

We would like to thank the Glenburn Education Association leadership, the Glenburn Parent Teacher Friends group, and private donors for cash donations that have gotten us prepared for our first food distribution.

ALSO, Mrs. Deanna Thayer has 450 pints of milk that will be handed out by 25 milks or less. These can be picked up at school tomorrow Monday, March 16, 2020 starting at 6 AM until gone. If there are milks left at noon she will be donating what is left to the local homeless shelter so that they do not expire.

ON TUESDAY
Busses will deliver school packets to your Glenburn addresses. We expect to roll out around nine. Teachers and support staff will be working tomorrow to finish up the online resources and prepare any paper resources. The leadership team will join bus drivers in delivering these materials.

Please reference our websites for additional resources. We have included resources to meet the social and emotional needs of our children through this pandemic. We will stay connected through the school closure. Please email if you have needs which you think we will be able to support.

A teacher reminded me of the following Teddy Roosevelt quote:
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

Our team is doing that, and you are part of our team. Thank you Glenburn community, for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Christine G. Boone
Superintendent