Letter: The ABCs of back to school

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To the editor:

My husband and I have taught at BBA for decades. Maybe we taught or are teaching some of your children. Maybe we even taught you. On March 16, teachers left their physical classrooms to transition to remote learning for the purpose of sheltering in place per the Governor's order. The slow accumulation of cases in the following weeks left us hopeful that we could return to the classroom in the fall albeit with some robust preventative measures in place.

We are adjusting to these changes by recreating a curriculum to better address the concerns of the moment, thinking about how best to arrange our classrooms in light of the Vermont Agency of Education recommendations, and practicing how to speak audibly while wearing a mask (which is harder than you might think!).

The recent positive cases in the Manchester area are a reminder of how we all depend upon each other. It doesn't matter how many times we rearrange our classrooms, how many Clorox wipes we keep in storage to keep our classrooms clean, or how well we learn to do daily tasks with a mask if the numbers in our community are not at a point where we can return safely to the classroom. Northshire community, I am asking your help to get teachers and students back on campus this fall by going back to the ABCs of handwashing, mask wearing, and social distancing. Be vigilant with these basic tasks. Our kids depend upon us.      

Nancy Strain and Robert Hunter

Manchester

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