Dear SAU 70 School Community,
I hope you enjoyed a break from my lengthy messages yesterday, but there is a bit of news to share today. Both Governor Scott and Governor Sununu have now issued "stay at home" orders. In doing so, they also extended the school closure periods to April 17 in VT and May 4 in NH. In both states, the Governors have identified our school and district staff as "essential workers" meaning that they are exempt from the stay at home orders with regard to working in our schools. At the same time, both states have instructed us to work remotely, or from home "to the greatest extent possible." This means that we will continue to provide educational programs through our remote instruction model for the foreseeable future. I have a conference call with the NHDOE tomorrow at noon and will share any clarifying information. Both states have indicated that our efforts to distribute meals and educational materials can continue.
I do need to ask you again to encourage your children to practice social distancing recommendations. We had several students, some with parents, visit the HHS campus yesterday to access our athletic fields and track. Some gathered to meet up and carpool to another location- certainly in close quarters with 4-5 students in a single vehicle. Experts in epidemiology are warning us against letting our guard down, particularly at this moment in the outbreak. If this disregard for social distancing continues, we will need to close the entire campus to public use. As the states continue to heighten their response to the spread of COVID-19, stricter measures may be implemented. Guidance from our respective departments of education tend to follow the day after each Governor announces a new order, so I'll be in touch tomorrow with another update.
As always, please let us know if there is anything we can do to help.