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Weekly Covid-19 Update: Cases double in week, mostly due to Shoreham orchard outbreak

Weekly Covid-19 Update: Cases double in week, mostly due to Shoreham orchard outbreak

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health saw a dramatic spike of 78 cases this week, more than twice the 37 new Covid-19 cases reported last week. The statewide total cases now stands at 1,846. The increase is due in part to an outbreak reported among Jamaican migrant workers brought in to pick […]

K-12 Covid numbers remain low as child-care hubs continue to expand

K-12 Covid numbers remain low as child-care hubs continue to expand

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC With continuing low Vermont Covid-19 numbers — and with just one new positive case in K-12 schools this week — Vermont schools have been approved to go from a  Step II to Step III in health guidance as of Saturday, Sept. 26. Meanwhile, the statewide child-care hub initiative continues to grow,  […]

First day of school goes smoothly despite changes, challenges

First day of school goes smoothly despite changes, challenges

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The day that many have been waiting for and  — and somewhat dreading — arrived Tuesday as most Green Mountain District students reported to their classes to begin a strikingly different school year. By most accounts, the results were good and several parents said that their children […]

GMUSD schools seem more prepared for reopening than NEA statewide grades indicate

GMUSD schools seem more prepared for reopening than NEA statewide grades indicate

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Thursday, Sept. 3, the Vermont NEA – the union that represents public school teachers in the state – released a “report card” for “overall preparation for safe start of school” as the Covid-19 pandemic continues. The grades in the report came from representatives of the local […]

With low Vt. Covid cases, Scott focuses on school reopening, easing hospitality sector restrictions

With low Vt. Covid cases, Scott focuses on school reopening, easing hospitality sector restrictions

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC With state K-12 schools set to open on Tuesday, Sept. 8, Vermont continues to lead the nation with the lowest positivity rate in the nation, as well as the lowest per capita case total in the country. Gov. Phil Scott said that Vermont’s low-Covid data continues to show why it’s possible […]

News analysis: Is GMUSD's 'no raises for anybody' stance in flux?

News analysis: Is GMUSD’s ‘no raises for anybody’ stance in flux? Two resignations point to disagreement

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Two recent resignations appear to point to some dissension over the Green Mountain Unified School District’s position in bargaining with its teachers. Until recently, the board had taken a “no raises” stance due to the budget uncertainty brought on by the economic damage done by the Covid-19 […]

Weston Board grants Little School rent relief, continues fiber optic consideration

Weston Board grants Little School rent relief, continues fiber optic consideration

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board continued to address the local impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic at its Tuesday, Aug. 25 meeting by granting rent relief to The Little School for the remainder of 2020 and exploring the potential for fiber optic internet service in Weston — an increasingly valuable […]

TRSU schools continue to plan reopening, release parent handbooks

TRSU schools continue to plan reopening, release parent handbooks Home-schooling could remove $600,000 from GM District budget

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC With two weeks left before Vermont schools are scheduled to reopen, the Two Rivers Supervisory Union has issued handbooks for parents and students on what each of its two education options will look like when Sept. 8 arrives. But as with all things Covid-19, nothing is carved […]

T&G school reopening plans taking shape

T&G school reopening plans taking shape

  By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Taconic and Green Regional School District Board, which includes Londonderry’s Flood Brook School, heard on Aug. 11 that planning for the opening of its five schools is still a work in progress. Bennington-Rutland Supervisory District Supervisor Randi Lowe, in her first appearance in that role before […]

Schools hone opening plans as state adds to, changes guidance

Schools hone opening plans as state adds to, changes guidance Next TRSU public forum to be held Thursday night on Zoom

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC As the clock ticks down to a Tuesday, Sept. 8 start date for Vermont schools, those in the Two Rivers Supervisory Union continue to work out the details of a plan to offer a hybrid approach to education this fall. But on Tuesday, Vermont Secretary of Education […]

TRSU sets midweek 'remote learning day' as it hones re-opening plan

TRSU sets midweek ‘remote learning day’ as it hones re-opening plan Supt. Fierman schedules public meeting for Wednesday

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC As it continues to field questions from parents and hone its plans for reopening, the Two Rivers Supervisory Union will hold a third in a series of public forums to discuss the imminent reopening of schools. The forum will be held at 6 p.m. on Aug. 5 […]

TRSU moves toward hybrid reopen Sept. 8

TRSU moves toward hybrid reopen Sept. 8 Second re-opening forum set for Wednesday night

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC At the beginning of a Zoom public forum last Tuesday, Two Rivers Supervisory Union Superintendent Lauren Fierman told the nearly 120 parents, community members and teachers attending that due to the nature of the pandemic almost everything they would talk about was subject to change. Since then, […]

GMUSD Board gets update on re-opening

GMUSD Board gets update on re-opening

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Most of the Green Mountain Unified School District board meeting on Thursday, July 17 was taken up with discussing how district schools will reopen for face-to-face learning late next month. So it was ironic that the final agenda point was a conversation on whether the board should […]

After School summer camp closes temporarily out of caution

After School summer camp closes temporarily out of caution

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC An outdoor summer camp run by the After School program of the Green Mountain and Ludlow Mount Holly school districts has closed for the rest of this week after a parent reported that a child was running a temperature. According to Go WILD camp director Venissa White, […]

A Complex Equation: Schools, Tech Center prepare for return of students

A Complex Equation: Schools, Tech Center prepare for return of students Administrators work to minimize in-person risk but prep for remote learning if needed

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC This is the third in a series of articles on what schools will have to plan for when they open in the fall. To read Part 1 click here. To read Part 2 click here. No matter what anyone says about what will happen when schools reopen […]

A Complex Equation: State issues rules that are not negotiable

A Complex Equation: State issues rules that are not negotiable Part 2 on reopening schools in the Time of Covid-19

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC This is the second in a series of articles on what schools will have to plan for when they open in the fall. To read Part 1 click here. The most volatile variable in any plan to reopen schools this fall will be the public health situation. […]

A one-of-a-kind commencement

A one-of-a-kind commencement Following a parade, Green Mountain High graduates 47 in hours-long event: Video and Photo gallery

Parade video by Cynthia Prairie, Cap toss video by Tuckerman Wunderle, edited by Leah M. Cunningham Photos and story by Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Starting at 1 p.m. under a cloudless sky and ending just before 6 p.m. with darkening clouds on Friday, Green Mountain High’s commencement for the Class of 2020 […]

Telegraph video celebrates GM Class of 2020

Telegraph video celebrates GM Class of 2020

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Several months ago we at The Chester Telegraph began thinking about ways we could help celebrate the Class of 2020. Two ideas that rose to the top – the Virtual Graduation Walk and Gallery and a video of class members celebrating their milestone. But in a moment of distancing how […]

GM recognizes seven graduates for Outstanding Achievement

GM recognizes seven graduates for Outstanding Achievement

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Green Mountain High School has recognized seven graduating seniors for  outstanding achievement during their school careers. At the annual awards ceremony on June 12, the school announced that Zoe Svec, Angelae Wunderle, Laurel King, Madison Wilson, Olivia Bernier, Kameron Cummings and Rileigh Thomas would receive the Outstanding Academic Achievement […]

GM grads to parade through town on Friday

GM grads to parade through town on Friday Residents encouraged to turn out to cheer on GM seniors

Chester, Andover, Cavendish and Baltimore residents are being encouraged to assemble along the Green and Main Street in Chester by 11:30 a.m. Friday morning to cheer on Green Mountain High’s seniors as they participate in a parade on their way to graduation ceremonies that will begin at 1 p.m. at the school. The parade, organized […]