This article by Greg Sukiennik originally appeared June 18 in the Bennington Banner.
MONTPELIER — Mandatory masks for students and teachers, health screenings at the bus stop, assigned seats on the bus and plenty of cleaning and disinfecting are all part of the plan to bring students back to school buildings for the start of the 2020-21 school year, according to guidance issued by the state Agency of Education.
What educators, students and parents should also prepare for is the likelihood that things could change in the face of a fluid situation, Education Secretary Daniel French said Thursday.
“We’re going to have to have flexibility,” French said, adding that educators know that future outbreaks of the virus are a possibility. “Districts will have to move among and between dispositions to manage outbreaks or just to manage logistic challenges.”
The guidance, developed by French, Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine and a panel of 17 educators, pediatricians, psychologists and state officials, sets the framework for a fall return with social distancing and precautions in place, and regular testing of students and staff for coronavirus. It was published Wednesday, a week after French outlined the general concepts at a daily COVID-19 briefing held by Gov. Phil Scott.
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