The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease COVID-19, first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China. It has since been found in countries all around the world, including the United States. Vermont announced its first case on Saturday, March 7.

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There's a LOT of education news these days. Here's an overview of the stories from this week that you might have missed, plus some valuable links we've gleaned from around the web.

First let's turn to the world of higher education.

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As Vermont lawmakers look ahead to next year, they're going through some of the same options as schools. They're asking if they should they meet remotely, in-person or a combination of the two.

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On Monday, Quebec Premier Francois Legault gave his citizens a warning: If they don't follow health guidelines, he may re-impose a lockdown. That’s as case numbers of COVID-19 in the province have crept upwards over the past few weeks.

Vermont News Updates For Thursday, September 3

Sep 3, 2020
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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of ongoing local coverage of the coronavirus, a plan to test Burlington's wastewater for COVID-19 and more for Thursday, September 3.

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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of ongoing local coverage of the coronavirus, a new report about people's interactions with state agencies prior to a fatal overdose and more for Wednesday, September 2.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing state lawmakers back to work earlu, meeting this month in an unusual September session to debate the state budget, Act 250 reform, a tax and regulate marijuana plan and additional funding for the Vermont State Colleges. This hour, a roundtable of Vermont reporters looks at the issues in front of the legislature.

The Trump administration is ordering a halt on evictions nationwide through December for people who have lost work during the pandemic and don't have other good housing options.

The new eviction ban is being enacted through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goal is to stem the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, which the agency says in its order "presents a historic threat to public health."

After shutting down in the spring, America's empty gyms are beckoning a cautious public back for a workout. To reassure wary customers, owners have put in place — and now advertise — a variety of coronavirus control measures. At the same time, the fitness industry is also trying to rehabilitate itself by pushing back against what it sees as a misleading narrative that gyms have no place during a pandemic.

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One small Windsor County town hopes to grow its community during the pandemic. Plus, the Killington COVID-19 outbreak, statewide child care, and Scott endorses Milne.

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With schools set to reopen next week, the Scott administration says the state has approved 12 new education “hubs” to provide child care services, with another 20 in progress.

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There's been a dramatic spike this year in the number of families across the U.S. deciding to opt out of the public school system and home school their children. This hour, we'll examine what the numbers tell us about that trend in Vermont and talk about what home schooling actually entails in terms of state requirements and curriculum.

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The little town of Chester has heard the stories about out-of-staters buying Vermont real estate these past few months. In response, administrators there started a marketing campaign to let would-be Vermonters know that the Windsor County community a nice place to settle down.

Vermont News Updates For Tuesday, September 1

Sep 1, 2020
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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of ongoing local coverage of the coronavirus, an outbreak tied to a party in Killington and more for Tuesday, September 1.

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State officials are continuing to investigate an outbreak of COVID-19 tied to a private party in Killington. Fourteen cases of the virus have been traced to the Aug. 19 event.

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The Vermont Department of Health is investigating a community outbreak of COVID-19 in Rutland County. The outbreak is linked to a private party held at Summit Lodge in Killington. So far, 14 have tested positive for the virus. This hour, we get an update on this and other COVID-19-related news from Deputy Health Commissioner Tracy Dolan, and we answer your questions.

COVID-19 forced Keriann Wilmot's son to trade his classroom for a computer. It was a tough transition for a 10-year-old with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

"It was a different environment for him," Wilmot says. "He wasn't used to this kind of work from school coming in the format of an email in his Chromebook every single day."

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How elementary school support staff are preparing for the year ahead. Plus, broadband access, stimulus checks for non-U.S. citizens, and COVID-19 numbers.

A man stands with a step ladder in a school hallway.
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Over the summer, we’ve heard from a lot of teachers and administrators about the challenges they’ve been facing getting ready for a school year unlike any other. But there are other people who help keep schools running who haven’t been getting much attention: support staff.

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In March, Vermont was rapidly coming to grips with the threat of the coronavirus. Gov. Phil Scott halted in-person schooling mid-month, and his "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order closed many nonessential businesses and limited public gatherings. By mid-April, Vermont started to "flatten the curve" and a phased economic reopening had begun. But with many restrictions still in place, the state set up an emergency tip line to report health risks and non-compliance with emergency orders. But did the tip line actually help?

Vermont News Updates For Monday, August 31

Aug 31, 2020
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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of ongoing local coverage of the coronavirus, a multi-day protest demanding the firing of three Burlington police officers and more for Monday, August 31.