One of the primary reasons we relocated to Vermont was to have our daughter attend a small local school where they knew her name and personally knew and cared about her. Not as a dollar amount to a school budget bottom line, we were searching for community and we found it at Blue Mountain Union School in Wells River.
Our daughter has health issues. A rare condition called periodic fever syndrome left her burning up with fever and pain plus joint swelling once a month. Ehler Danlos, a connective tissue disease, imposed a continuous wave of muscle/joint pain and easy dislocations doing what we take for granted daily.
We lived in Illinois and Illinois schools tested out as competent but the class size, pace, lack of close community and a willingness to work with a special needs child was lacking. We moved to Vermont based on the reputation of its small inclusive school system.
From Day 1 Blue Mountain Union school was different. No interviews shuffling paperwork and frowning at imposed extra costs. They welcomed us with a tour of a bright, beautiful, welcoming school where walls featured children’s art, positive upbeat banners and children laughing moved through halls alongside staff.