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Vt. Students, Education Secretary Weigh In On The New School Year

Abagael Giles
Students look out the window as they wait to get off the school bus at Milton Elementary School on the first day of in-person learning in September 2020. Today, we check in with students and teachers and put your questions to Secretary of Education Dan French.

Live call-in discussion: Thousands of students across Vermont are now back in school. Meanwhile, COVID-19 case numbers continue to rise due to the spread of the delta variant. The rising case numbers have led to heated debates over whether schools can and should mandate masks or vaccines for students and staff. This hour, we hear directly from students and teachers across the state about going back to school during a pandemic. Plus, Vermont Education Secretary Dan French joins us to answer your questions about the 2021-22 school year.

Broadcast live on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 at noon.

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Connor Cyrus joined VPR as host and senior producer in March 2021. Formerly a reporter at WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island, he's passionate about journalism’s ability to shed light on complex or difficult topics, as well as giving voice to underrepresented communities.
Mikaela Lefrak joined VPR in summer 2021 as co-host and senior producer of 'Vermont Edition'. Prior to that, she was a reporter at host at WAMU, hosting 'What's With Washington' and '51st'.
Lydia is managing producer for Vermont Edition. She joined the station in 2019 after working for 6 years at Connecticut Public Radio as a producer for Where We Live.