Message Board

MESSAGE BOARD

Dear LTS Family,

Long Trail School seeks to continue our excellent health and safety record on COVID-19. We will continue to prioritize the health, safety and well-being of all campus community members to take part in the vitality of our school, including students who are still too young to receive a vaccine and those who are immunocompromised and rely upon herd immunity. 

Reporting Vaccine Status for 2021-22:

We strongly encourage our eligible students to get the vaccine. LTS may require a student who is not vaccinated to wear a mask indoors or take other actions, such as participation in ongoing testing.  To plan for next fall, we need to know how many of our community members are fully vaccinated. For now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines under Emergency Use Authorization. While this Emergency Use Authorization continues, we require that all parents and guardians of students 12 and older provide proof of vaccination to School Nurse Stephenie Frawley, or inform her of your decision not to vaccinate your child by completing this electronic form.  For families with multiple children attending LTS, please complete a separate form for each child.  

Anticipated Vaccine Requirement for 2022-23:

Once the FDA grants permanent approval for any of the COVID-19 vaccines, we expect to include the COVID-19 vaccine among the LTS required vaccinations for all eligible students by the later option of (a) the start of the 2022-23 academic year or (b) 60 days after full approval. LTS will then only accommodate students who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. Briefly, a medical exemption must be set forth in writing by a board-certified physician explaining that a particular immunization is detrimental to a child’s health. Please contact LTS School Nurse Stephenie Frawley for more information on the medical exemption. There will be no religious or philosophical exemption. 

Why Vaccines Matter:

At Long Trail School, we inspire and develop lifelong thinkers for a bright tomorrow. Everyone being together on campus in the fall will allow us to engage fully with our LTS values of Integrity, Kindness, Openness, Social Responsibility, and Stewardship. What LTS does best – inside and outside our classrooms, labs, and studios, on our playing fields, and off-campus on trips and in social, cultural, and service activities – depends upon personal relationships in close proximity. Vaccines will play a critical role in empowering our students to flourish. 

With vaccines available to everyone 12 and over, Vermont’s pandemic responses have led the nation in many ways. As Vermont has been in the forefront, it is not overly boastful to say that LTS has led Vermont: thanks to our outstanding faculty and you, we offered live instruction five days per week to all students this year while providing simultaneous hyflex ABBA distance learning.

Our work together in assuring our community’s health and safety is not done. Vaccines mitigate risk and protect each other’s health within our student-centered culture. Thank you, as always, for continuing to do your part – and for trusting us.

So looking forward to seeing you soon, 

 /s/ Seth Linfield

Head of School

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