COVID-19

05/28/2020
Has your Economic Impact Payment arrived?  My wife’s and my coronavirus stimulus checks have not arrived, but my mother did receive in the mail one of the roughly 150 million that have been issued. We are OK that we have not yet seen a stimulus check. We never expected a $1,200 government check as payment for social distancing and dealing with the complications it has caused everyone in our community and country. If it really helps the economy and serves those who really need it, then perhaps this deficit money spending may prove to be a necessary ingredient to keep us from another 2008 Great...
05/28/2020
On Friday the state will allow restaurants to open, with restrictions. This has timed perfectly with nice weather. Perhaps it would help jumpstart the return by towns shutting down streets and allowing outdoor dining. For example, in Bristol, the town could shut down Main Street from 4 until 8 p.m., rerouting traffic as they do during festivals like Pockock Rocks. For those four hours, restaurants then move their tables and chairs to the street. This allows for social distancing but, because the floor area has now grown, they can operate at maximum capacity. It adds a few steps and excludes...
05/28/2020
This week, Gov. Phil Scott announced his proposal for a massive recovery package aimed at supporting businesses, organizations, and farms that have been ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic. Included in this package is $50 million of earmarked funds for the struggling dairy industry, aimed at supporting both farmers and processors. There is no question that dairy farmers have been hit hard by the pandemic, with many farmers resorting to dumping their milk as milk prices have spiraled down after a relatively profitable 2019. It’s critical that these dairy farmers get economic support, as our state...
05/28/2020
7:00 o’Clock  Pajamas on and belly full  I sat on the edge of my bed  Learning the news of my year half written  Boatloads of posts and texts and sadness Seniors crying and parents disappointed  but glad to hold on just a bit longer    How do you feel the loss of something you’ve never had before? Never have I had the end of my senior year  Never have I graduated  Never have I turned 18  Never have I lost as much as others have right now How do you grieve?   Confused about my apathy and stuck with a feeling of guilt  Realizing I don’t know how to let go  I can’t make myself cry  or feel...

MAUSD EMPLOYEES DRESS in costume as they help out with the MAUSD meals delivery program.
05/26/2020
Editor's note: This is a project of the Mount Abraham Unified School District's Community Engagement Committee (CEC). The Addison Independent is hosting this content as a service to the community. Names of the interviewees have been withheld in accordance with the commitments made by the CEC for the project. (Click here to read more about this project.) Part 5: Is there anything else you’d want people to know about what this shift has been like, so far? Kindergartener It’s been sad and also exciting. It’s been exciting because in the wintertime, when we go to school in the morning, we have to...

STAFF FROM THE MAUSD Essential Persons Childcare Program show off their masks.
05/26/2020
Editor's note: This is a project of the Mount Abraham Unified School District's Community Engagement Committee (CEC). The Addison Independent is hosting this content as a service to the community. Names of the interviewees have been withheld in accordance with the commitments made by the CEC for the project. (Click here to read more about this project.)   Part 4: What have been the biggest surprises or discoveries you’ve made in shifting the way you work? Kindergartener Well, at first I didn’t even know what the coronavirus was. I thought this might be something good. Now I know it makes...

TWO MAUSD STUDENTS write Two Way Postcards as part of a program connecting students and the elderly during the pandemic.
05/26/2020
Editor's note: This is a project of the Mount Abraham Unified School District's Community Engagement Committee (CEC). The Addison Independent is hosting this content as a service to the community. Names of the interviewees have been withheld in accordance with the commitments made by the CEC for the project. (Click here to read more about this project.) Part 3: What have been the most helpful supports for you so far in shifting the way you work? Kindergartener My mom and dad help me — they say, “You can do it.” My teacher says, “Keep doing your work and your brains will grow.” Second-grader...

STAFF FROM THE MAUSD Essential Persons Childcare Program wear masks.
05/26/2020
Editor's note: This is a project of the Mount Abraham Unified School District's Community Engagement Committee (CEC). The Addison Independent is hosting this content as a service to the community. Names of the interviewees have been withheld in accordance with the commitments made by the CEC for the project. (Click here to read more about this project.)   Part 2: What have been your biggest challenges or concerns related to your work during this time?   Kindergartener   Reading is hard because I’m not really good at it. I’m not really having so much fun because my friends aren’t...

An MAUSD elementary school student participates in remote learning. Photo courtesy of the MAUSD.
05/26/2020
Editor's note: This is a project of the Mount Abraham Unified School District's Community Engagement Committee (CEC). The Addison Independent is hosting this content as a service to the community. Names of the interviewees have been withheld in accordance with the commitments made by the CEC for the project. (Click here to read more about this project.) Part 1: What does your working life as a (student, teacher, administrator) look like these days? What have been the biggest shifts in your everyday routine? What does a typical work day look  like for you during this time? Kindergartener First...

An MAUSD elementary school student participates in remote learning. Photo courtesy of the MAUSD.
05/26/2020
Editor's note: This is a project of the Mount Abraham Unified School District's Community Engagement Committee (CEC). The Addison Independent is hosting this content as a service to the community. Names of the interviewees have been withheld in accordance with the commitments made by the CEC for the project. On Sunday, March 15, Gov. Phil Scott ordered all Vermont schools closed as of Wednesday, March 18, until at least April 6. Scott’s directive tasked all local school districts with planning to continue to offer food and special needs services, and ensuring children would continue to be...

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