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August 16 @ 8:00 PM--Virtual Family Night--
August 24 -- 1st Day of School (Grades 1 to 5) & Pre-K & K Orientation
August 25--1st Day of School For Pre-K & K
September 24 -- Picture Day
December 16 @ 6:30 -- Winter Concert
May 18 @ 6:30 -- K - 2 Spring Concert
May 26 @ 6:30 -- 3 -5 Spring Concert

2021/2022 School Calendar
Families in grades 1 to 5, if you have not done so already, please complete this transportation form.

Click here to access the form
On Monday, August 16th at 8:00 PM Principal Rick Dustin-Eichler will host a virtual family night to answer any reopening question. 

Access the meeting at

If you have any specific questions that you would like him to answer, please submit them here.  
School breakfasts and lunches are provided free of charge this year. 

Menus are available by clicking here.  
The school handbook is available here.  COVID related protocols are highlighted in yellow.

Pre-K families will also be provided with a pre-K specific handbook at orientation.
Reopening Information

On Thursday, a group of DBS teachers met to revamp our expectations and protocols based on the Hartford School District's reopening guidelines.  Our goal is to provide students with a safe learning experience that is as close to "normal" as possible. However, achieving this end will take a community effort.  Please review the following items carefully and let me know if you have any questions.  Also, know that these items may evolve based on community and state transmission. 

Rick Dustin-Eichler 
  • Expectations
    • Masks are required on the bus, during drop-off and pick-up procedures, and in the school.  Masks are not required outside, except, as noted above, during drop-off and pick-up.
    • To limit the risk of school-based transmission, students will generally only interact with children from their grade level, except when there is an educational need.
    • Students must stay home if they are experiencing COVID symptoms.  If students start to demonstrate symptoms at school, they will be isolated until someone can pick them up.  
    • In the event of exposure in the community or at school, the school will follow the Vermont Department of Health's quarantining recommendations.   
  • The School Day
    • Arrival (7:45 to 8:00)
      • Guardians will drive around the back of the building and remain in cars whenever possible.  This is similar to last year.  
      • We are not completing temperature or health screenings this year.  To keep the line moving, students should be prepared to immediately exit the vehicle on the driver's side; backpacks ready, afternoon plans discussed and goodbyes completed. Once they are safely out of the car at their designated drop point, please move on as soon as it is safe to do so.  
      • K-2 students will be dropped off at the north end of the building by the gym.  
      • 3-5 students will be dropped off behind the school on the blacktop.  
      • When students arrive they will wash their hands and wait in a designated area with their grade level peers until 7:55.  
      • Students who are dropped off at 7:45 are encouraged to bring a book to read.  
      • At 7:55 students will be released to their classrooms.  
      • Students arriving by bus and after 8:00, will wash hands in the front lobby and proceed to class.  
    • Tardy Students 
      • If a student (pre-K to grade 5) arrives late to school, the person who drives them to school must walk the child to the front door, ring the doorbell, and wait with the student until a staff member arrives.  If an adult cannot walk the child to the school, they may call the office and a staff member will meet them in the parking lot.
    • Departure (2:35)
      • All students who are not taking a bus or attending an after school program must be picked up at 2:35. Car riders will be brought to their assigned entry and will wait there until 2:45. At 2:45 any remaining students will be sent to wait in the office.
    • Pre-K
      • Pre-K parents will drop-off in front of the pre-K entrance.  If there are buses in front of the building, DO NOT PASS them if their lights are flashing.  
    • Lunch
      • The wall between the cafeteria and gym will be open for lunch periods and students will eat with their class.  Students from other classes and grades will eat at the same time, but they will be separated to avoid transmission.  
      • The children will have recess with their grade level.  
    • Open House
      • At this point, open house is canceled (except pre-K and K orientations, see below).  Each grade and the related arts will host a trivia night to introduce families to the teachers and curriculum. More information coming soon.
        • Kindergarten & Pre-K orientations on August 24th will still take place.
    • School Closure
      • In the event of a school closure or a class needs to quarantine, teachers will provide students with one day's worth of work to be completed independently on the first day.  On the second day, the teacher will start to provide remote learning opportunities.  
      • If your child will need a Chromebook during a school closure, please fill out this form.  
Just in case you missed it, the following letter was sent out by Superintendent DeBalsi on Wednesday. 

August 11, 2021

Hello Hartford School District Families and Staff,

I am writing in follow up to my earlier communication with further information as to what you can expect as we start the upcoming school year.  Based on the current state of COVID transmission in our community and Vermont, the following guidelines will be followed as we start the 2021-2022 school year.  As we have all learned by now, the guidance and recommendations related to COVID change as the virus changes and we learn more about it.  That said, we will continue to adjust our schools’ protocols in response to recommendations from the Agency of Education, the Vermont Department of Health and any orders from the Governor.

  • Masks will be required for everyone inside school buildings regardless of vaccination status until we have at least 80% of eligible students (at this time, this is those age 12 years and older) in a given building fully vaccinated (2 weeks post their second/final dose of vaccine).  Given the current age of vaccine eligibility, masks will be required for everyone in the elementary schools until further notice.  

    • If your student has been vaccinated and you have not already done so, please provide a copy of their immunization card to their school nurse so she can update their school health record.

    • Medical exemptions for masks are allowable if needed and ordered by a physician.  Please contact your school’s nurse with any questions about this process.

    • Masks will not be required while outside.

    • Masks are required for everyone while riding school buses.

    • Cloth masks must be 2 layers and worn to cover the entire mouth and nose.  Disposable masks are also allowed.  Masks with vents are not acceptable.

    • Masks/bell covers will be required for students participating in band and/or chorus when rehearsing inside.

  • Vaccination is the most effective tool we have to prevent the spread of this virus.  School based vaccination clinics will be offered by the Department of Health and National Guard and we will send information out about these as they become available.  Please contact your school nurse or healthcare provider if you need assistance in finding a vaccination clinic.

  • The most helpful thing that anyone can do to limit the spread of illness is to stay home when sick.  If anyone, regardless of vaccination status, experiences any symptoms that could be related to COVID-19, they must stay home.  If symptoms develop while at school, parents/guardians will be contacted and should make arrangements to pick their student up as soon as they are able to do so.  At this time, school nurses will be following the same algorithm as last year to determine exclusion/return criteria.  A letter with more details related to this has been sent out by the school nurses but please contact your school’s nurse if you have any questions or concerns.

  • We will be providing weekly in school surveillance testing for COVID.  This will be available for everyone regardless of vaccination status aged 5 years and older.  Consent for testing will be required and you will receive more information about this as soon as we have it .

  • At this time, there will not be any social distancing requirements or limits on group sizes this year.  That said, to the extent possible, we will continue to spread out, avoid mixing classes and be outside.

    • Mixing of classes will be allowable for educational purposes.

  • We will limit the number of visitors in our buildings.  Visitors will be allowed for educational purposes and pre-arranged meetings.  Masks will be required if meeting inside.  Parents/guardians will not be able to enter the buildings at drop off/pick up unless they have a scheduled meeting at those times.

    • Fall Open Houses will be postponed until further notice.

  • Frequent hand washing/hygiene will continue to be strongly encouraged with use of hand sanitizer or soap and water.

  • In the event of a positive case of COVID in one of our schools, we will work closely with the Department of Health and follow their guidance in terms of contact tracing and quarantine for those affected.

  • Our school district has our two COVID Co-Coordinators again this year.  Please feel free to contact Andrea Davis, Felicia Hayes or myself with any COVID related questions or concerns.

As I mentioned before, this information is subject to change and we will fill in details as we get them.  As always, we appreciate your patience, understanding and partnership.

Thank you,

Tom DeBalsi

Superintendent of Schools

DOTHAN BROOK SCHOOL ~  2015 ~ 802-295-8647 * Fax 802-295-8649 or Visit

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