I want to wish everyone a happy, restful, and safe Thanksgiving holiday. Please remember that there is no school next week and students will return back to classes on November 30th. Please be cognizant of the state related travel protocols and do not take any chances. We remind you to adhere to the travel restrictions and protocols and reach out to the HHS nurses if you have any questions at all.
As always, thanks for everything you do and enjoy the holiday
We understand that the upcoming holiday season is a time when many of us would like to visit with family and friends from across the area and out of state. Unfortunately, this cannot safely be done during the current pandemic. Governor Scott announced a ban on inter-family gatherings. Multi-household gatherings - indoor or outdoor, in public or private spaces are now prohibited. People are urged to continue to follow the state’s travel guidance. At this time,
Vermonters are being asked to: Avoid travel. If Vermonters do travel, they must complete a full 14 day quarantine upon their return to Vermont or they may get a COVID-19 PCR test after 7 days of quarantine and resume normal activity once they receive a negative result.
No inter-family or multi-household gatherings are allowed at this time.
If you are a Vermonter picking up a student from an out-of-state college, you and the student will need to quarantine when you come back to Vermont for 14 days. If you have not had symptoms of COVID-19, you have the option to get tested for COVID after 7 days and end your quarantine with a negative COVID PCR test result." Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine urged people to avoid holiday travel: “We know that social gatherings — often among trusted family and friends — are a driving force behind much of the virus’s spread right now nationwide,” Levine said Tuesday. “Adding the element of travel to the mix only makes it more risky.”
Please know that if you live in Vermont and work in NH or Vermont, or if you live in New Hampshire and work in Vermont, you will need to follow the Vermont travel guidelines. This means if you travel outside of Vermont, you must quarantine when you return. If you have not had any symptoms of COVID-19, you may seek a PCR test on or after Day 7 to end quarantine early with a negative result. Otherwise, you will need to quarantine for 14 days.
Governor Sununu suggests: “I think it’s a small sacrifice to say we’re not going to travel. We’re not going to get involved in large groups. All the kids go to different schools. All the parents work, for the most part, in different locations. So that just adds that domino effect of risk that you’re bringing into play.” We are well aware of the sacrifices we have already made in order to open and maintain our school and community safety, and sincerely hope that we can support each other as we continue to safeguard the health of our area.
That being said, we know that some essential travel may be necessary during our holiday breaks. Guidelines from the state of NH classify teachers as “essential workers,” meaning that isolation and quarantine will not be necessary if teachers travel outside of New England. However, SAU 70 will continue to be more stringent and require staff who have travelled outside of New England to follow general state guidelines.
Please know that if you live in New Hampshire and work in New Hampshire, you will need to follow the New Hampshire guidelines. This means if you travel outside of New England, you must quarantine for 14 days when you return. If you have not had any symptoms of COVID-19, you may seek a PCR test on or after Day 7 to end quarantine early with a negative result.