This fall, there have been questions and confusions around Barnard Academy’s policy and procedures regarding allergenic foods. Last night the Barnard School Board re-visited these policies and procedures in the context of children with life-threatening allergies. This was convened as an emergency meeting in light of staff concerns around maintaining a safe environment for our children. Minutes from this meeting will be posted at wcsu.net today.
The Board will be drafting policy and procedure for its first reading at our next Board meeting on October 15th. As always, all are welcome to attend. In the meantime, to eliminate the chance of a life-threatening allergic reaction that requires emergency medical treatment, and to foster a safe, supportive, and inclusive educational experience, we are asking that you NOT send foods with peanut, peanut containing products, egg (ie. hard boiled eggs, egg salad, quiche, etc.) or raw egg products (ie. mayonnaise or mayo containing products). Essentially, we are maintaining the peanut free and egg free educational environment we have had for the past four years. Once appropriate policy and procedures are finalized we will disseminate them to the BA community.
The Fifth and Sixth grade went down to Silver Lake. They were looking for macroinvertebrates, and all the components of the ecosystem. The class will make a food web from the organisms that they found. The sixth grade will observe four other ecosystems when they go to the Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park during the week of October 8th.
Dear BA Families,
Barnard Academy staff have accommodated our changing grade-structure by creating Learning Hubs. We are proud of our flexibility and ingenuity in addressing our students’ needs; we collaborate regularly as a staff to incorporate Tier 2 intervention, to analyze data and and share ideas on how best to extend and support students of all levels, and to build ideas and curriculum that will motivate and inspire our students. Our outdoor campus, place-based education, and STEAM offerings are exemplary.
We ensure that Barnard Academy is aligned with all district initiatives, and are working to do the same with our policies and procedures. I work collaboratively with our strong Senior Leadership Team to capitalize on the strengths of each elementary school in each town, including Barnard.
On the merger: the Barnard Alternative Governance Structure Committee and School Board continue to be open to negotiating a change in the Articles of Agreement as a foundation for a fair-minded merger. By November 30th the State Board of Education will give Barnard their decision on the merger. If Barnard Academy is merged, the Barnard School Board has voted to join the legal injunction with 21 other districts which may roll back the timeline of July 2019 for force merger at least a year.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.