GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT DISMISSES SCHOOLS FOR IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION FOR REMAINDER OF 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR
School districts to implement continuity of learning plans for remote learning by April 13
Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today directed schools to remain dismissed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Districts will close schools for in-person instruction and be required to implement continuity of learning plans for remote learning. This extends the Governor’s previous directive dismissing PreK-12 schools from March 18 to April 6.
This decision was made in consultation with the Vermont Department of Health and the Agency of Education in the continued effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. To minimize disruption to students’ learning, the Governor’s order directs school districts to come up with plans for distance learning by April 13.
“The education of our students and the bonding and learning experiences they have at schools are tremendously important, so I fully appreciate the impact and difficulty of this decision,” said Governor Phil Scott. “I also recognize it will be challenging for some schools to implement remote learning through the end of the year. But I’m encouraged by the creativity I’ve seen from administrators, educators and parents already, which is why I know, together, they can rise to the occasion.”
Governor Scott also noted that some school districts have also set up creative and critically needed programs to offer onsite care for their students whose parents are working on the frontlines in this response. “These educators and staff who are finding ways to support these families have been critical to our COVID-19 response efforts and I am so proud and appreciative of their hard work, creative can-do attitude and their willingness to step up in this moment of service. These educators, and the staff supporting them, represent the very best of our public education system.”
The Agency of Education will provide technical guidance to districts on how to implement continuity of learning plans by the end of the week, specifically looking to address challenges around equitable access to learning opportunities, Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for students with disabilities, continuation of school meals, and school attendance and school calendar requirements.
The Department for Children and Families will also provide updated reimbursement provisions for providers who are not currently offering services and for providers who are delivering child care through this health crisis.
Read the full directive here: https://governor.vermont.gov/content/directive-5-continuity-learning-planning-pursuant-eo-01-20.
For the latest information and guidance relating to Vermont’s COVID-19 response, visitwww.healthvermont.gov/covid19.
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A note from Brigadier General Greg Knight on Vermont Guard Activities
“Would like to share with you yet another reason we are such an outstanding organization. Some of you are aware I asked the Vermont Chapter of the American Red Cross to hold a blood drive at Green Mountain Armory yesterday. They are over 100k units short of blood. Our Soldiers and Airmen were offered the opportunity to donate as volunteers – not ordered or mandated – and their response was overwhelming. Even with our current limitations due to social distancing, remote work and training, the Red Cross had so many of our people donate they had to turn some away. They ran out of blood bags.
With the Red Cross working through the loss of locations for blood drives across Vermont due to COVID-19, our Guard has stepped up to fill the void. Bradford Armory did a blood drive yesterday, Berlin Armory is doing one today, and Newport, Vergennes and Lyndonville armories all have plan to host the Red Cross very soon. This highlights to me the spirit of community service that we all embrace as members of the Vermont National Guard. I am immensely proud of those who donated, and their willingness to literally give of themselves so others may benefit. It exemplifies selfless service. Thanks to all of you for what you do for our communities, for Vermont, and for our Nation.”Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions, or if you need assistance navigating government services at (802) 384-0233 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Laura Sibilia
Dover, Readsboro, Searsburg, Somerset, Stamford, Wardsboro, Whitingham