Vermont schools to question, quarantine children upon return from Thanksgiving break

by Jenny Mount · Nov 25th, 2020 3:13 pm

Last Updated Nov 26th, 2020 at 3:21 pm

Schoolchildren and their parents will be questioned in Vermont about their Thanksgiving gatherings upon the kids' return to school. Kids in families who violated the state's rule against celebrating with another household will be banned from the classroom and must participate in remote learning for two weeks . If the child can present a negative COVID-19 test, then they will only need to stay home for one week.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott issued an executive order earlier this month prohibiting gatherings of any kind between households, which "includes both inside and outside social gatherings, in public and private spaces."

Scott asked folks "to help by avoiding getting together with people outside your households and not travel this week."

"Unfortunately, we know some will still get together and schools have asked for help," said Scott, adding that Vermont Agency of Education "will direct schools to ask students or parents if they were part of multi-family gatherings and if the answer is yes, they'll need to go remote for 14 days or 7 days and a test."

Scott also asked businesses to adopt the same policy.

"We also advise businesses to consider asking employees to quarantine if they don't adhere to gathering restrictions. This isn't a way around the ban or an excuse to get together. The more we adhere to this policy, the faster we'll lower case counts & ease up on restrictions," said Scott.

Vermont Education Secretary Dan French echoed Scott's message.

"Schools operate on trust with their parents and their students, and we're hopeful this guidance will give them some additional tools to help everyone do the right thing and keep school safe," French said.

The rules against households interacting does not apply in the workplace, at retail stores, or in schools.


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