LAST MONTH, IN her relatively new role as student representative to the State Board of Education, Mount Abraham Union High School 10th-grader and Monkton resident Angelita Pena helped brief Gov. Phil Scott on how Vermont’s high school students are handling hybrid and remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Photo courtesy of Angelita Pena
MONKTON — Mount Abraham Union High School 10th-grader Angelita Pena was selected as a student representative to the State Board of Education in the middle of a global pandemic, so it’s no surprise that her first major project in that role was to help collect and analyze data about how Vermont students are navigating school in the time of COVID.
Between Oct. 5 and 17, Pena and her fellow student representative, Sabina Brochu, who attends Champlain Valley Union High School, led an effort to survey more than 1,000 students in nine different Vermont high schools about their experiences with...
I am appalled that Governor Phil Scott would even consider directing schools to ask children if they joined other households for Thanksgiving. Governor Scott is not asking parents, he is asking children to incriminate their families. He is placing the burden of the parents’ decision on the children. This is precisely how Hitler gained inside household information through the Hitler Youth program and it should be clearly unacceptable in a free society, pandemic or not.
While I believe the desire of the Governor is to keep the illness at bay, posting children as informers is not an option....
A Vermonter can take a walk with a friend or neighbor, Gov. Phil Scott said on Friday. It was a change to the ban on multi-household gatherings announced on Nov. 13.
Scott said outdoor fitness activities can now involve two people from different households, so long as they wear masks and maintain physical distancing.
When he announced the gathering ban on Nov. 13, the governor faced questions about why walks with neighbors were banned while gyms and indoor dining remained open. Scott said patronizing those businesses, which have instituted health precautions, “is much different from you going...
VERMONT — As the state grapples with the spike in COVID-19 cases that Vermont has seen in the past two weeks, Gov. Phil Scott and other officials are explaining how they came to the decision to severely limit social interactions among Vermonters just as the holidays arrive.
In a press conference, Scott cited the large number of social gathering-related cases as justification for the new limit on those gatherings he imposed on Friday. He said that 71% of cases since Oct. 1 were linked to such gatherings.
“It’s mostly adults, from multiple households, getting together with friends, inside and...
Gov. Phil Scott’s decision this past Friday to ban inter-household gatherings, while allowing schools to remain open and limited access to restaurants and bars, prompted rare public pushback among Vermonters who have been model-citizens in obeying the dictates Vermont has successfully imposed since the pandemic’s outbreak in March. Numerous letters on this page and others in today’s paper attest to that displeasure.
We agree the complete ban of inter-household gatherings is stringent and may invite disregard of the state order, rather than the compliance Vermonters have demonstrated for the...
MIDDLEBURY ASSISTANT TOWN Clerk Melissa Wright helps Middlebury College first-year student Toby Graf register to vote at the Recreation Center on Election Day. Graf’s absentee ballot had not arrived from his home state of California and he really wanted to vote in his first presidential election.
Independent photo/John S. McCright
ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County voters turned out in record numbers on Tuesday to follow statewide trends in endorsing presidential candidate Joe Biden, Gov. Phil Scott and Lt. Gov.-elect Molly Gray.
Addison County’s turnout was 78.15%, according to the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office.
With one town left to report on Wednesday morning, Vermonters had cast 358,261 ballots on Nov. 3, which equates to a 70.1% statewide turnout. While a record in the number of votes cast, during the election of 2008 (when President Obama was elected to his first term), the state recorded 326,000 ballots cast...
In Vermont’s gubernatorial race, expect Gov. Phil Scott’s incumbency and his steady hand through the ongoing pandemic to usher in a third term. While Democrat David Zuckerman proved to be a worthy adversary on the issues, Scott’s widely popular actions to keep the virus contained presents an overwhelming advantage.
But if Scott wants to create a legacy that is more than his handling of the pandemic, he needs to be far bolder in his next two years on the state’s underlying economic issues.
Specifically, he must:
• Undo the damage he has done to the state’s solar industry in which he severely...
What’s not to like about Governor Phil Scott — he’s doing a good job with the pandemic, he watches the budget, and he drives a stock car. I like these things as a Vermonter who grew up within earshot of Thunder Road (I still remember Ronnie Marvin’s number 13,) but I’m not going to vote for Phil Scott. Why? He belongs to the Republican party and I’ve voted for Republicans many times, but those were different times. That Republican party would never sue the state of Vermont to keep us from voting by mail. Voter fraud? Give me a break — our town clerks and postal workers are good honest people...
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...
MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott on Thursday announced that the State of Emergency has been extended to Nov. 15 to ensure the state can continue to suppress the spread of COVID-19.
The executive order has been extended with no additional changes and can be viewed online here.
“Vermont has led the nation in responding to this virus. We’ve worked together to keep each other safe and prevent our healthcare system from being overwhelmed, allowing us to methodically reopen our economy and keep it open while many other states have had to take steps backward,” Scott said. “But we cannot become...