VTSCA SEL Guidelines for Reopening

Published 7/13/20

Over the past month a group of VTSCA members from across the state worked together as a task force focused on providing SEL Guidelines for Reentry. We are happy to share the work of the task force thus far with you today. Please see the “VTSCA SEL Guidelines for School Reopening”.

This document was composed as recommendations to our membership, the Vermont Agency of Education, Vermont Principals Association, Vermont Superintendents Association, and VT-NEA for the re-opening of Vermont schools due to COVID-19. It is a culmination of resources fromThe American School Counselor Association (ASCA), National Association of School Psychologist (NASP) , Collaborative for Academic and Social & Emotional Learning (CASEL) and Northeastern Family Institute (NFI).

We encourage you to review this document on your own and with your administrator(s). Please be sure to review the powerpoint which is linked in at the bottom of the document as it provides greater detail along with implementation ideas and will likely answer many questions you may have. Furthermore, if you have additional questions or need further support understanding this document, please reach out to any task force member listed below.

VTSCA SEL Reentry Task Force Members




Lisa LaPlante

Lead Task Force Facilitator, U-32 


Tara Cariano

VTSCA President, 

Harwood Union High School


Lauren Conti

VTSCA President-Elect, 

Stowe Middle School


Woody Belt

Johnson Elementary School


Tim Chamberlin

Lake Region High School


Mark Gebo

Bellows Falls Union High School


Heather Haddick

Cold Hollow Career Center


Natalie Houde

Wells Village School & Middletown Springs Elementary School 


Meg Hughart

Burlington High School


Hannah Parker

Townshend Elementary  School


Rachel Petraska

Shelburne Community School K-8


Johanna Petrycki

Albany Community School K-8 & Brownington Central School K-8


Patti Tomashot

Stowe High School


Lastly, CASEL released a new document last week called “Reunite, Renew, and Thrive: Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Roadmap for Reopening School.” This is a thorough resource from a broad range of stakeholders including ASCA. We have linked it in on the bottom of the “SEL Guidelines for School Reopening” document for you to reference.

The task force will continue to meet and plans to share recommendations on SEL Screeners and SEL Curriculum in the near future. In addition, VTSCA will be sending out information later this week about additional ways to get involved.

Take care, be well, and be sure to take time to enjoy the summer!

The VTSCA Social and Emotional Learning Reentry Task Force

Please read a statement from the VTSCA Board on the Black Lives Matter movement here.

(Posted 6/3/20)

*More information including resources is shared in a special Weekly VTSCA update here*

VTSCA Annual Conference Update

Thank you to those who provided feedback regarding our annual conference!

At our final board meeting of the school year, VTSCA made the decision to postpone our fall conference with the hope that we may be able to offer it in the spring (late March or early April). In addition, we are exploring ways to offer virtual professional development this fall either on our own or regionally in conjunction with other New England states and/or ASCA. We hope to be able to provide more information as soon as we are able.

We also understand that school budgets are under extreme scrutiny, so we are keeping this concern in the forefront as we explore additional ways to support our members and school counselors across the state during this challenging time.

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