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How Vermont schools are handling the omicron surge amid changes to testing, tracing guidelines

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Vermont schools have struggled as the omicron variant of COVID-19 surges in the state. This hour, we hear how schools are dealing with the challenges, and planning for changes to how schools test for the virus and trace cases.

Live call-in discussion: The omicron variant of COVID-19 spread rapidly through Vermont last week, stressing students, teachers and staff returning to school. Now the Agency of Education’s announcement on Friday that schools should stop contact tracing and PCR surveillance testing has sent a shock wave through school communities across Vermont. This hour, an education reporter details the challenges schools are facing, and two superintendents discuss how unprecedented COVID case numbers are affecting their districts.

Our guests are:

Broadcast live on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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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 in Washington, D.C.
Originally from Delaware, Matt moved to Alaska in 2010 for his first job in radio. He spent five years working as a radio and television reporter, as well as a radio producer, talk show host, and news director. His reporting received awards from the Alaska Press Club and the Alaska Broadcasters Association. Relocating to southwest Florida, he spent several months producing television news before joining WGCU as a producer for their daily radio show, Gulf Coast Live. He joined VPR in October 2017 as Producer of Vermont Edition.