Vermont students returned to school this week from holiday break, just as daily case counts began surging to new record highs. Schools are having vastly different experiences. Some are closing to deal with the increase in cases among students and staff while others only have a few positive cases. Caledonia Central Supervisory Union has just seven cases total this week. St. Johnsbury School District has had only one student and one staff member test positive. Vergennes Union High School has confirmed seven new cases. There are 50 cases throughout the Slate Valley Unified Union School District. Twenty-four students have tested positive at Fair Haven Union High School. The Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union has had nearly one-third of the high school’s students absent on Wednesday and 20 more confirmed cases on Thursday. The Rutland City School District has confirmed 100 cases among students and 25 cases among staff. The Vermont Department of Health has not released updated case totals for this week by age. But during the holiday break, cases in kids 0-9 nearly doubled from the week before. In the 10-19 category, there were more than double the number of cases from the week before.
- New laws passed by the Vermont Legislature and signed by Gov. Phil Scott.
- The state of Vermont is going to be providing free rapid COVID -19 tests to the state’s regulated child-care centers.