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Veritas Prep Charter School

Springfield

Springfield is home to our flagship school, Veritas Prep Charter School (VPCS), which was launched in 2012. Since its founding, VPCS has continued to provide a rigorous education that fosters scholars' social-emotional and academic success. VPCS students graduate ready for high school, on a path to college or career, and poised to achieve amazing things!

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Enrollment FAQs at VPCS

How does an applicant and family learn about Veritas and the lottery? Focus primarily on rising fifth graders.

We have multiple strategies to target rising 5th-grade family.

  • We post flyers and applications at local businesses
  • We have an online portal with an application on our website
  • We send out mailers with applications to all rising 5th-grade families
The lottery application is one page- English on one side and Spanish on the other. Is it easy or difficult to complete? Are Veritas staff available to help? Are meetings held to review the process? How are meetings publicized?

The application is very simple and only ask for basic information such as:

  • Name of student and parents
  • Previous grade
  • Address
  • 1 proof of address

It is very easy to complete. The front desk is always available to support in filling out the application. We hold three information sessions that are posted in the enrollment flyers that we distribute throughout the community. These sessions are also posted on our website.

If an applicant gets a seat via lottery, how are they notified? Do we follow up?

All applicants, regardless if they are offered a seat receive a letter in the mail, to the address listed on their application, 1 week after the lottery with their status ( seat offer or waitlist).

How does one get on a waiting list?

There are 120 seats available for the 5th grade, the first 120 applications pulled through the lottery are offered a seat. All other 5th grade applicants are placed on the waitlist. All 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade applicants are automatically placed on the waitlist. Depending on if seats are available 6th, 7th and 8th-grade applicants are pulled off the waitlist in chronological order of their waitlist number.

If an applicant gets a seat and accepts, they must complete an enrollment package. Is the package in both English and Spanish? What type of questions and information requests are made in the package? Does the Springfield District require a similar information package at any point during entrance into the system?

The enrollment packet is both in English and Spanish. Each page is translated line by line.

The enrollment packet asked for information ranging from:

  • Proof of address
  • Medical and health form
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Previous school - records release
  • Media Release
  • Emergency Contacts
  • Notice of an IEP or 504
  • Home Language Survey for our ELL students
  • A letter stating out ELL program ( As required by the state)
  • Final enrollment form with a signature from the parent
Does Veritas offer help in completing the package? Do we see many applicants drop their lottery seat after receiving the enrollment package?

Our front desk reviews every enrollment packet we receive and we provide support filling out the application in person or will contact the family over the phone if there are any errors with the packet. I have not seen any applicants drop a seat due to the enrollment packet.

Does Veritas have to accept all lottery applicants including those who may not speak English, those with learning disabilities, etc.? Does a Veritas student ever get referred back to the District because of special needs? If so, provide an example.
  • Veritas does not know any information about ELL or Learning disabilities status at the moment of the application. We do not ask for this information until after the student has been offered a seat through the lottery process.
  • There has been one instance during my time here in which I presented the family with all the information to make the best decision for their child, during this instance the student would be leaving a district school which provides them with a completely contained class in which the child would be learning language and life skills. Our school does not separate self-contained classes for ELL students. When I made this information clear to the family they made the decision to remain at the district school.

Applications are being accepted for 5th grade for the 2020-21 school year!

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The 2021-2022 application cycle is currently open for 5th grade through 8th grade. If you would like to enter your student into the lottery for a seat for the 2021-2022 school year, please visit the Apply Now link below to apply. All applications must be entered by February 22, 2021. The lottery will take place on March 2, 2021.

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VPCS Resources

Jumprope Parent Portal/Portal para padres de Jumprope

Presentation/Presentación

Video

How to Access Remote Learning

See below for instructions on how to access remote learning:

  1. Navigate to Google Classroom 
  2. Login using your @vpcsstudent account and password that was included with your backpack pickup.
  3. Find your scholar's schedule with zoom links in the google classroom labeled "Advisory."
  4. Join the first zoom meeting by clicking the link.
Teachers will take it from there! If you can't get on, please call the front desk at 413-539-0055 or email/text aclark@vpcs.org.

VPCS Remote Learning Schedule 20-21

Veritas families, be sure to review the daily remote learning schedule with your student! Schedules for each grade level are differentiated by color:

5th Grade - Purple
6th Grade - Green
7th Grade - Blue
8th Grade - Red

Please note that this year our shortened day for students is on Wednesday; however, all days have the same schedule and class timing for the entirety of the morning before lunch. For information about class details and Zoom links, visit your child's Google Classroom for each subject. If you have questions about finding this information, please reach out to your student's teachers. Their contact information can be found on the sheet that came with their Chromebook containing your child's email and password.

 

Thank you for your continued partnership!

Veritas Prep 20-21 Fall Reopening Plan

Veritas Prep Reopening Plan 2020-21

Veritas Prep Plan de Reapertura 2020-21

Detailed Special Education and English Learner Service Delivery Plan

Plan de Entrega de Servicios de Educación Especial y para Aprendices de Inglés (EL) Año Escolar

COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

Protocolos de Seguridad y Salud del COVID-19

20-21 VPCS Family Orientation Dates

  • Session I: Tuesday, September 1, at 9:00 a.m.
  • Session II: Wednesday, September 2, at 1:00 p.m.
  • Session III: Wednesday, September 2, at 7:00 p.m.
All sessions will include translation services.

Anti-Racism

Anti-Racism Resources for Students & Family

A Letter from the Executive Director

Calendar

School Calendar

Family Engagement

Family Handbook (English)

Family Handbook (Spanish)

Parent Portal To Access Grades

Parental Notification Regarding English Language Education

Parental Notification Regarding Spanish Language Education

Bullying Form

Report Bullying Form

English Language

English Language Learners Notice of Rights

SBIRT Protocol

SBIRT Protocol

Special Education

Special Education Notice of Rights

Veritas Application

Application for Lottery Admission for the 2021-22 School Year (English)

Application for Lottery Admission for the 2021-22 School Year (Spanish)

Massachusetts DESE Report Cards

2017 DESE Complete Report Card

2018 DESE Report Card Overview

2019 DESE Report Card Overview

Kimberly Ravizza- School Nurse
Kimberly Ravizza- School Nurse

Meet Nurse Ravizza!

Kimberly Ravizza is the School Nurse Leader at Veritas Preparatory Charter School. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing from the Pace University. Prior to joining the school health setting full time at Veritas Prep in 2016, she practiced for eighteen years at Baystate Medical Center. Nurse Kim is proud to be a part of your child’s education. She beliefs that success in school is directly related to good health and emotional well-being of each student. She proudly supports the Veritas mission by encouraging each of our scholars form scholarly habits that will prepare them to compete, achieve, and succeed in high school, college, and beyond.

SPS Flu Shot Clinics

Springfield Public Schools has partnered with CVS pharmacy to help ensure convenient access for students to obtain the flu shot, as mandated by health and education officials for the 2020-2021 school year. For more information and a clinic schedule, visit https://www.springfieldpublicschools.com/news/News/flu_shot_clinics.

Pre-registration is required. To register, visit: http://bit.ly/FluShotSpringfield

Las Escuelas Públicas de Springfield se han asociado con la farmacia CVS para ayudar a garantizar un acceso conveniente para que los estudiantes obtengan la vacuna contra la gripe, según lo dispuesto por los funcionarios de salud y educación para el año escolar 2020-2021. Para obtener más información y un horario de la clínica, visite https://www.springfieldpublicschools.com/news/News/flu_shot_clinics.

Se requiere preinscripción. Para registrarse, visite: http://bit.ly/FluShotSpringfield

Sodexo Meal Distribution Sites 20-21

DESE: Return to School Safely, Together

Check out the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Return to School Safely, Together page for information on how DESE is working with schools in Massachusetts to ensure a safe return to learning and to access school reopening resources for families and frequently asked questions.

Massachusetts School Immunization Requirements 20-21

Veritas Families: Please review the Mass School Immunization Requirements 2020-2021 and be sure to submit your student’s health forms! If you have questions, please contact Nurse Kim at kravizza@vpcs.org or 413-351-8322.

Greetings from Nurse Kim in the Veritas Prep Virtual Health Office!

Welcome to the 20-21 school year! Please know I am here to provide support to our Veritas scholars and families this year no matter what learning looks like. I miss you all very much and hope to serve as a resource for those seeking health-related information, have questions, or those who would like to talk.

Contact Nurse Kim:

Email: kravizza@vpcs.org

Google Voice (call or text):  413-351-8322

Virtual Nurse’s Office Hours:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 7:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

For more information and up to date resources please refer to the following links:

https://www.cdc.gov/

https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-public-health

 

An Important Message from our School Nurse!

Please read this important letter from our School Nurse, Kim Ravizza, about required paperwork for school year 20-21!

Don’t Delay, Call Your Pediatrician Today!

Stop the Spread of Germs!

Talking with Children about Coronavirus Disease 2019

CDC has created recommendations to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease.

Children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear.

Los CDC redactaron recomendaciones para ayudar a los adultos en sus conversaciones con los niños acerca del COVID-19 y las formas de evitar infectarse y propagar la enfermedad.

Es posible que los niños sientan preocupación por la posibilidad de que ellos mismos, sus familias y amigos se enfermen de COVID-19. Los padres, miembros de la familia, personal escolar y otros adultos de confianza pueden cumplir un rol muy importante a la hora de ayudar a los niños a comprender lo que escuchan de una manera honesta, precisa y que minimice sus temores y ansiedad.

 

 

10 Tips for At-Home Quarantine or Self-Monitoring

 

You Have the Power to prevent COVID-19

 

Coping with the Stress and Fear from COVID-19

 

We Can All Help Stop the Spread of Germs

 

How To Safely Cover Your Face Outside of Home

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VPCS Cares

VPCS Cares about our Students, Staff, and all of our families. We've provided the following resources to help manage these challenging times. See here for our updated COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols for our 20-21 Reopening.

VPCS se preocupa por nuestros estudiantes, personal y todas nuestras familias. Hemos proporcionado los siguientes recursos para ayudar a gestionar estos tiempos difíciles.

Housing Help During COVID-19

The state Department of Housing and Community Development has centralized information about resources for families struggling to make rent or mortgage payments due to COVID-19. Visit www.mass.gov/covidhousinghelp for more information!
El Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Comunitario del estado ha centralizado información sobre recursos para familias que luchan por hacer los pagos de alquiler o hipoteca debido a COVID-19. Visite www.mass.gov/covidhousinghelp para obtener más información.

Mental Health Tips for Families and Children

Mental Health Tips for Families and Children
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many adults, and especially parents and caregivers, are struggling to manage their own stress and maintain a positive outlook for their family. They may be unsure what to say to children who are at varying levels of development. In many cases, children are now doing school work at home while their parents or caregivers are also working from home. It is critical for all adults to stay calm and model coping for children.

Watch the video below for Mental Health Tips for Children and Families to help in coping with the coronavirus (COVID-19), from Dr. Scott Poland, veteran school psychologist and current professor at the College of Psychology at Nova Southeastern University.

Consejos de salud mental para familias y niños
Durante la pandemia de coronavirus (COVID-19), muchos adultos, y especialmente los padres y cuidadores, luchan por controlar su propio estrés y mantener una actitud positiva para su familia. Pueden no estar seguros de qué decirles a los niños que se encuentran en diferentes niveles de desarrollo. En muchos casos, los niños ahora hacen el trabajo escolar en casa mientras que sus padres o cuidadores también trabajan desde casa. Es fundamental que todos los adultos mantengan la calma y modelen el afrontamiento de los niños.

Mire el video a continuación para obtener Consejos de salud mental para niños y familias para ayudarlo a sobrellevar el coronavirus (COVID-19), del Dr. Scott Poland, psicólogo veterano de la escuela y profesor actual en la Facultad de Psicología de la Universidad Nova Southeastern.

 

Mental Health Tips for Families and Children

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Covid-19 Information Site

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Covid-19 Information Site

Sitio de información de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades Covid-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Details about the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Massachusetts
Información sobre el brote de la enfermedad por coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
Detalles sobre la respuesta de salud pública a la pandemia de COVID-19 en Massachusetts

COVID-19 Course 101: What You Need to Know

Course 101: What You Need to Know
This 9-minute course informs you how coronavirus spreads, how to recognize its symptoms; prevent and treat the virus; and, determine what to do if you become sick with coronavirus.
Curso 101: Lo que necesitas saber
Este curso de 9 minutos le informa cómo se propaga el coronavirus, cómo reconocer sus síntomas; prevenir y tratar el virus; y determine qué hacer si se enferma con coronavirus.
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COVID-19 Course 102: Preparing Your Household

Course 102: Preparing Your Household
Get practical guidance in this 7-minute course from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help you get your household ready before, during and after an outbreak occurs in your community.
Curso 102: Preparando su hogar
Obtenga orientación práctica en este curso de 7 minutos de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) para ayudarlo a preparar su hogar antes, durante y después de que ocurra un brote en su comunidad.
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COVID-19 Course 103: Managing Stress & Anxiety

Course 103: Managing Stress & Anxiety
This 9-minute course will help you define stress and anxiety; identify common signs and symptom; and, identify how to reduce stress for yourself and others during this difficult time.
Curso 103: Manejo del estrés y la ansiedad
Este curso de 9 minutos lo ayudará a definir el estrés y la ansiedad; identificar signos y síntomas comunes; e identifique cómo reducir el estrés para usted y para otros durante este momento difícil.
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COVID-19 Course 104: Transitioning to a Remote Workforce

Course 104: Transitioning to a Remote Workforce
In this 7-minute course, you’ll learn best practices for leadership when transitioning to a remote workforce; best practices for working remotely; and, identify pitfalls to avoid during the transition.
Curso 104: Transición a una fuerza laboral remota
En este curso de 7 minutos, aprenderá las mejores prácticas para el liderazgo al hacer la transición a una fuerza laboral remota; mejores prácticas para trabajar de forma remota; e identifique las dificultades a evitar durante la transición.
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COVID-19 Course 105: Cleaning & Disinfecting Common Spaces

Course 105: Cleaning & Disinfecting Common Spaces
In this 8-minute course, get practical guidance from the CDC for cleaning and disinfecting rooms or areas where those with confirmed COVID-19 have visited.
Curso 105: Limpieza y desinfección de espacios comunes
En este curso de 8 minutos, obtenga orientación práctica de los CDC para limpiar y desinfectar habitaciones o áreas donde han visitado personas con COVID-19 confirmado.
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COVID-19 Course 106: CDC Guidelines for using Cloth Face Masks

Course 106: CDC Guidelines for using Cloth Face Masks
This nearly 8-minute course will help you learn the steps for creating a sewn cloth face covering; learn the steps for creating a non-sewn cloth face covering; and, identify best practices for wearing a cloth face covering.
Curso 106: Directrices de los CDC para usar máscaras faciales de tela
Este curso de casi 8 minutos lo ayudará a aprender los pasos para crear una cubierta de tela cosida; aprenda los pasos para crear una cubierta de tela no cosida; e identifique las mejores prácticas para usar una cubierta de tela para la cara.
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