More info about fall semester Covid guidelines expected this week
by Guy Page
It’s unlikely Vermont public schools will require Covid-19 vaccination of students this fall, Gov. Phil Scott said at his press conference yesterday Friday May 21.
Gov. Scott was asked by Vermont Daily: “At least five Vermont private colleges will require student vaccination for Covid 19 for the fall semester. What is the likelihood that Vermont’s public universities and public K-12 schools will require vaccination in the fall?”
After saying he’s unsure whether Vermont state colleges will require vaccination, Scott said “I don’t see a path forward” for K-12 public schools.
Although mandatory vaccination seems to be “off the table” for the fall, parents, students and staff are wondering whether masks, social distancing etc. will be required, and if/how much these policies will differ depending on vaccination status. “We will be putting something out next week about the fall to give folks a sense of what we think the fall will be like for schools relative to their operational disposition,” Agency of Education Secretary Dan French told Vermont Daily today.
Scott also said he’d heard the University of Vermont will require vaccination of all students this fall. This statement appears to be erroneous or premature. Vermont Daily checked on Scott’s statement with UVM spokesperson Enrique Corredera, who responded: “We have not made a determination yet.” The private schools that have announced required vaccination this fall are: Norwich University, St. Michael’s College, Champlain College, Bennington College, and Middlebury College.
Vermont Technical College announced May 21 the following restrictions for unvaccinated students and faculty:
- Vermont Tech may choose to implement surveillance testing for unvaccinated students and faculty.
- Masks or face coverings must be worn indoors by all unvaccinated faculty, staff, students and visitors when in the presence of others and in public. When outdoors, and more than six feet apart from one another, masks are not required, but discretion must be exercised, and masks should be carried on the person in the event circumstances warrant their use.
- Distancing of 6 feet for unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff should be observed whenever possible and unvaccinated individuals should avoid prolonged close contact with others
Scott condemns violence on State House lawn
Scott also was asked by Vermont Daily: “Are you aware that a supporter of Vermont Liberty, the group started by John Klar, was beaten and pepper-sprayed after a Vermont Liberty event on the State House lawn Saturday, and do you have any comments or thoughts about it?”
“I wasn’t aware of what group it was,” Scott said. “I did hear there was a situation…. I condemn anything physically violent of that nature….I condemn the action, whoever did it.”