COVID-19

11/05/2020
MONTPELIER — Provisions announced Tuesday allow for interscholastic high school sports this winter, with games in a limited schedule in most sports — including basketball, ice hockey, Nordic skiing, gymnastics, cheerleading and dance — beginning on Jan. 11 and practices starting on Nov. 30. Wrestling and indoor track will not be allowed, and spectators — even family members — will not be permitted at indoor sporting events, according to a Nov. 3 joint statement from the Agencies of Education and Natural Resources. Only players, coaches, officials, time and scorekeepers, and people providing...
11/03/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Community promoters know that Halloween is a BIG deal for kids and they didn’t want to let the coronavirus ruin the holiday. So the folks at the Better Middlebury Partnership, in association with Addison County Home Health and Hospice, planned a Drive-Through Trick-or-Treat in Middlebury. Business members of the Partnership sponsored 19 stops at local businesses and prominent locations. Then kids dressed in their costumes, climbed into their cars and minivans and parents drove them to each of the stops where volunteers doled out individually bagged selections of candy. All those...
11/02/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College has adjusted its spring 2021 schedule in response to concerns from the campus community about a late start and a shortage of school breaks, according to a campus-wide announcement last week from Provost Jeff Cason and Acting Dean of Students A.J. Place. Students had originally been scheduled to begin spring term classes on March 1, and work straight through to May without a spring break. Classes will now start on Feb. 24, and details about the timing, duration and logistics of a spring semester break will be announced in coming weeks. The new schedule brings...
11/02/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Portions of the Trail Around Middlebury (TAM) that traverse Middlebury College property have been reopened for public use, according to a campus-wide announcement on Monday from Director of Business Services Matthew Curran. Middlebury closed the trail sections when students began arriving in August for the fall semester, as a COVID-19 precaution. The entire campus has been closed to the public all fall. The following sections of the TAM have been reopened, Curran said: • The section around the Ralph Myhre Golf Course. • The Red Kelly Trail. • The Class of 1997 Trail. • The...
10/26/2020
As in-person instruction goes on at area schools despite a raging pandemic, Vermont is tracking COVID cases among K-12 students and teachers. But the state’s data, provided in a weekly report, can be hard to read, and doesn’t include some of the most recent cases announced separately by schools and districts themselves. VTDigger set out to create a tracker that allows parents and others to see what schools are affected in their community. See the VTDigger map here.
10/23/2020
Applications open Oct. 28 for a second round of hazard pay funding. This time around, people who work in pharmacies, grocery stores and some retail stores will be eligible for the pay bonuses, which lawmakers designed to acknowledge the workers who stayed in high-contact positions as the COVID-19 crisis grew last spring. “This phase recognizes some of the forgotten heroes of last spring: the people who kept us fed, housed our most vulnerable, cared for our children, and so much more,” said Gov. Phil Scott on Thursday. The first hazard pay program, adopted in the summer, focused on health care...
10/23/2020
MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott and Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, on Friday detailed the state’s framework for distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine, once one is produced and distributed to the state. The state has submitted responses to a series of questions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), laying out the framework for vaccine distribution and Vermont’s preparedness. The federal government, which is responsible for nationwide distribution of vaccines, still needs to provide details on many logistics surrounding a potential vaccine, and this interim COVID-19...

Students at St. Michael’s College, shown here at a recent club fair in a Facebook post, will be taking classes remotely after eight people on campus tested positive for COVID-19.
10/23/2020
St. Michael’s College is temporarily going all-remote after surveillance testing revealed eight cases of the coronavirus, the Colchester school announced Thursday morning. “Out of an abundance of caution, we are transitioning to all-remote classes, effective immediately, and for the rest of the week in order to allow the (Health Department) to conduct contact tracing. All in-person activities, including athletics, are also suspended through the weekend. Dining will be takeout only,” St. Michael’s President Lorraine Sterritt wrote in a message posted to the school’s website. Testing conducted...

ADDISON CENTRAL SCHOOL District lead Nurse Kelly Landwehr, RN, shown in the stands at the Middlebury Union High School football field, is the districts COVID-19 coordinator. She’s among a long list of district health care workers and custodial staff who are working hard to ensure no one contracts the coronavirus on campus. Independent photo/John Flowers
10/22/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Being a school nurse carries huge responsibilities. Tending to cuts, bruises, headaches, hamstring pulls and upset stomachs are but a fraction of the job. There’s also following up on student medical records, ensuring everyone is up to date on vaccinations, and being a medical sounding board for school educators, staff, children and parents. Well, you can multiply those responsibilities times two these days, with the COVID-19 pandemic. And Kelly Landwehr — the lead nurse for the entire Addison Central School District — is in the thick of the new protocols, precautions and...

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE STUDENTS study outside with masks in front of Mead Chapel earlier this fall. The college’s plan to loosen up COVID-19 restrictions this month hit a snag when the state kept some mass gathering restrictions in place longer than anticipated. Photo courtesy of Sarah Ray/Middlebury College
10/22/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College officials had hoped the campus community could transition to the third and final phase of the fall reopening plan this month, but that is not going to happen. “Given current conditions and state of Vermont limits on gathering sizes and physical distancing requirements, we cannot move to Phase 3 as we conceptualized it,” wrote President Laurie Patton, Provost Jeff Cason and Acting Dean of Students A.J. Place in a campus-wide announcement Tuesday. “When we formulated our plans for the phased opening of the Vermont campus, in July and August, we imagined that we...

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