• Community News

    Dear Vestal Families,

    I imagine you have been waiting to hear from us at Vestal and I apologize that it has taken until wednesday night to share the information below. I understand that some of this news is very late...especially the biggest news that Kindergarten and 1st grade will NOT have school this Friday. 

    I wanted to provide you with the most current information regarding the opening of our school buildings and what this means for your child’s school schedule. We have some answers for you that may help you in planning your day to day schedules after Spring Break. I appreciate you taking the time to read through this information. And I am sorry this information is coming to you so late.

    Why am I just learning this information?

    • The district had been planning and preparing to open schools on April 12th. The Governor announced last week that openings needed to be sooner.  Detailed building plans and agreements with labor unions needed to be solidified.

    • PPS and PAT (Portland Association of Teachers - union) worked together throughout the weekend to finalize a tentative agreement which was reviewed by union members last night. At this time the district is moving forward with planning, in hopes that the agreement is ratified tomorrow night along with school board approval.

    What will Vestal’s NEW schedule look like once we return after Spring BreaK?

    • The AM schedule will be 8:15 - 10:30 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.

    • The PM schedule will be 12:00 - 2:15 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.

    • Each student is assigned a morning or afternoon “cohort” for the learning model chosen by their family (CDL/At home OR IN PERSON)

    • On Wednesdays the WHOLE CLASS will have a 45 minute live session in the morning from 8:15-9:00. Students will have asynchronous lessons and applied learning time the remainder of Wednesday.  

    What about additional classes: SpEd, ESL, Reading Support,  PE, Art, Library?

    • These classes will remain virtual at this time and opposite their cohort’s LIVE time. 

    • PE, Art and Library will be synchronous on screen

    • SpEd, ESL & Reading Support is synchronous. These teachers will be in contact about your child’s schedule

     When will I know my child’s cohort assignment - AM or PM?

    • If your child is staying home for CDL they are in the AM

    • If your child is coming to Vestal for in person, they are in the PM.

    • Your child’s teacher will confirm this will email.

    • We were able to honor each family's choice.

    • The only exception to this is our K2 ISC class and you will be notified by Ms. Monica.

    Will my child have the same teacher?

    • YES!!!

    When does live instruction with my child’s NEW SCHEDULE begin?

    • Kindergarten and 1st grade will have their first day of this new schedule on APRIL 2nd (a Friday). It will be a practice day...topractice whatthe new schedule feels like.

    • Kindergarten and 1st grade will have Asynchronous Learning March 29-April 1

    • 2nd-5th grade students will have their first day with this new schedule on April 5th.

    • 2nd-5th grade will have Asychronous Learning March 29-April 2nd

    When does instruction stop for Spring Break  & why?

    • Kinder & 1st grade students LAST DAY with their current class is THIS THURSDAY.

    • 2nd - 5th students LAST DAY with their current class is THIS FRIDAY.

    • Teachers receive five planning days to prepare for this transition. This involves room preparation, transition of student rosters, review of students previous work, curriculum development, PD for safety protocols, building walk -throughs to learn new procedures etc.

    I can imagine you have questions and wonderings as we move into this new transition.  We will host a Town Hall for families the week after Spring Break. These will be held virtually with dates, times and links to come.   

    We have all been asked to do many hard things over the last year and I know this is a lot of new information.  I am grateful to be part of this amazing community that cares about our students, families and staff. I believe together we will persevere and I look forward to a time when we can all be together again.


    Sabrina Flamoe