The change in the weather has lifted everyone’s spirits. I see plenty of activity on campus, almost as typical as any other day in previous years. We are all still wearing masks, but our level of anxiety may be a tad less and while it may not be quite as noticeable, I am pretty sure there are more smiles on the faces of staff and students.
VFES continues to monitor all students and staff with protocols that require staff to complete a daily symptom checker PRIOR to entering any building on campus and our families are conducting symptom checks with their students PRIOR to sending them to school. Also, once on campus, straight off the bus, all students’ temperatures are taken to be doubly sure no one is coming into school with a fever. These protocols, along with staggered transition schedules, lunch in classrooms and porters (cleaners) retained to routinely wipe down and disinfect surfaces, have significantly limited a potential Covid outbreak.
I know that Spring Break is right around the corner and many of you travel during this time. VFES has retained its travel restrictions in an effort to mitigate not only travel, but any possible contagion of the virus being unwittingly brought onto campus by a student or staff who decided to travel. VFES will revisit the travel restrictions in April and share any changes to this protocol with you once a decision has been made.
It is wonderful that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been the avenue for all educators to finally secure a vaccine. We are being as flexible as possible with all employees who are interested in securing a vaccine, regardless of the time of the appointment. VFES has not mandated the vaccine and, at this time, has no plans to mandate it. However, the more employees who procure a vaccine, the better for all of us. We excitedly await news on a safe and effective vaccine for children under the age of 16.
The campus is once again full of activities and from my office window, I can see the Elementary School kids playing outside. No, we are not able to conduct all the wonderful spring activities yet, but I truly believe next year will be the start of a typical year full of concerts, the Musical and indoor and outdoor activities for our students and staff.
The Adult and Recreation Services (ARS) program continues to provide employment support services through Customized Workforce Solutions. Additionally, summer camp is starting to fill-up and anticipated weekend respites are also being planned for the fall. Camp registration is still open. Click here to register your camper. For more information about camp, visit http://www.vfes.net/campkweebec. Additionally, we remain committed to engaging as many adults as possible who require support for career discovery/job finding/job coaching. Please reach out to Sascha Baello, Director of ARS, at email@example.com with your questions. Sascha is well-informed and eager to assist families with adult children who would benefit from support services.
It is a quieter spring this year. Yet, there is hope in the air. We may still be wearing masks throughout the summer, but minimally, we will at least have the protection of a vaccine and the knowledge (perhaps the most powerful tool of all) of how to curtail and defeat this virus.
Enjoy the upcoming spring break and the lovely days of April. Until then, I hope you can relax and enjoy the sun.