New Guidelines Set for Care Facilities

VERMONT - As COVID cases continue to rise throughout the US, Vermont continues to be an example for having one of the lowest rates in the country. While this may be positive news, the Center Medicare And Medicade, or CMS, developed new guidelines for nursing homes and long term care facilities that were announced at Governor Scott's Tuesday press conference.

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Dr. Fauci Praises Vermont

VERMONT - Dr. Anthony Fauci joined Governor Phil Scott at his weekly press conference and praised Vermonts battle with the coronavirus. Fauci called Vermont a model for other parts of the country. Should Vermont see a second wave, Fauci encourages Vermonters to keep doing what we all have been doing.

"Even when you are in as good shape as Vermont is, you got into good shape by certain things that you've done. Don't get careless, be prudent and careful in your interactions in the community. It's gonna be challenging as you get into the fall and winter, but it doesn't necessarily mean that you're gonna have a problem if you do the kind of prudent public health measures that you've been doing," said Fauci.

Fauci praised Governor Scotts handling of managing the virus across the state.  Vermont currently has one of the lowest infection rates in the country.  Fauci noted that while Vermont is different than other states because of its population, the regulations that have been put in place will make a long term difference in the spread of the virus.

Fauci encouraged families to be vigilant with their children as schools open further, as cold and flu season are bound to make an appearance.

"Please, you've done so well.  Don't let your guard down.  This virus is a formidable foe.  If you give it the opportunity to reemerge its ugly head, whether you're in the beautiful rural area of Vermont or the middle of Manhattan or the Bronx, the virus is going to take advantage of that," explained Fauci.

Governor Phil Scott Files for Re-Election

VERMONT - Governor Phil Scott announced he filed for, and will be seeking re-election Thursday. He is looking to, and hopes to gain votes from Vermonter's in August and November. Even as normal times continue to be a work in progress.  

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Governor Phil Scott Looks to Further Vermont's Re-Opening

VERMONT - During the Governor's Wednesday press conference, he indicated that the virus remains very slow spreading in the state. One of the big announcements the Governor Phil Scott had, is the hope to enlarge groups gathering from 10-25 come June. 

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Electricity use Plans to Peak This Summer Amid COVID

VERMONT-The state is anticipating a surge in electrical use this summer as people are expected to continue to work online, and remotely into the Fall. However, the state hopes to be able to meet the necessary electricty demands, that they are being asked of.

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Governor Phil Scott Continues Phase 1 of Opening Vermont

VERMONT-Governor Phil Scott said he will continue to re-open Vermont in phases-from his press conference today. Vermont is still on Phase 1, of 3 phases. Fairgrounds, and fairs will not open this season. However, the next steps of re-opening the state will include the re-opening of hair salons,churches, and farmers markets.

 

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Vermont Advisory Committee Discusses Disparities in School Discipline

Vermont-Last night the Vermont Advisory Commitee to the US Commission of Civil Rights hosted a web conference, to share their findings and reccomendations on their recent committee report-Disparities in School Disipline in Vermont. The report found that students of color, and students with disabilites are significantly more likley to face disiplinary descrimination. The committee discusssed what they could further do to combat this.

 


"Our studies have found that Vermont students with disabilities are a third times more likley to be discluded in school activities, and students of color are twice as liked to be excluded as well," stated Curtiss Reed-Commitee Chair.

 

 "Our studies also show that Vermont has some of the highest rates of emotional distess in students, and that our 'zero tolerance' approach to exclusion isn't working, and we need need re-think of how to improve this," continued Reed.

This study has also shown that moving distruptive students into detention, and expoltion-is negatively impacting them, and their learning process. The committee is looking to get teachers involved in proper training, of handling students in distress or disciplinary issues.

"We anticipate legislature will take note of our findings, and work with our advocates to better these racial and emotional disparities. We hope to establish relationship based programs for teachers, so they can identify how to properly discipline a student with a disability, and understand racial bias," stated Reed,

These teacher programs are not yet established, but the Committee has said they understand what needs to be done, to further the improvement of vulnerable students in Vermont.  

Preserving The Arts in Vermont

VERMONT - The arts and humanities around Vermont have taken quite a bit of a hit within this COVID world. Shows, and showings continue to be canceled this summer for theaters and cinemas. An online webinar brought nine Vermont Arts members, and owners together to discuss the future of keeping the Arts alive in Vermont. 

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Peter Welsh on Closing the Homework Gap

VERMONT - Congressman Peter Welsh held a Zoom Webinar with Superintendent of Kingdom East School District Jennifer Botzojorns, and FCC Commissoner Jessica Rosenworcel on Monday evening, on how to close the broadband gap for people who live in and around the Northeast Kingdom and Vermont. Parents and Teachers of the NEK, were also in attendance. 

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Governor Scott Allocates Federal Funds Post COVID

VERMONT - Governor Phil Scott is working on allocating federal funds into care packages for businesses, that were hit hard by COVID. Scott plans on using 400 million in funding of the 1.3 billion the stte will receive in COVID relief money, and he is looking on where businesses need these funds the most.

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COVID-19 in Vermont

VERMONT - Mondays press release from the Vermont Department of Health on COVID-19 showed that Vermont currently has no new cases as of Sunday. However, this does not mean Vermont has 'flattened the curve'.  There are still some things and procedures Vermonter's should be following. Governor Phil Scott still urges Vermonters to follow his 'Be Smart, Be Safe' model until June 15th as welll.

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Governor Phil Scott Looks to Re-Open Parks

VERMONT - While the state of emergency and the stay home order is still extended to June 15th-the state is currently looking on how they'll begin to open up state parks. They hope to begin opening some on June 1st.

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Vermont Attorney General to Hold Virtual Expungment Clinic

ORLEANS - Attorney General TJ Donovan and Orleans County State Attorney Jennifer Barrett will be hosting a virtual expungment clinic Friday from 10 am to 2pm. An expungment is when criminal records, and convictions are wiped cleaned-and dismissed. This happens after a certain period of time has elapsed. This usual happens in a court room too, but in light of COVID- the expungement state task force has decided these new means.

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Broadband Deployment Costs for VT

VERMONT - With broadband internet use in high demand with stay at home orders and COVID-19 the state of Vermont is looking to broaden its accessibilty to broadband.

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Peacham Looks to Archive Virus

PEACHAM - Thursday night a Zoom meeting was held by Peacham's Historical Society members on how to preserve things during this COVID pandemic-so historians will have the chance to look back and see what happended. 

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Governor Phil Scott Extends Stay at Home Order to June 15th

VERMONT - At today's press confernence briefing Governor Phil Scott pledged to begin with re-opening parts of the state-but explained how a full reopen of the state, will not be until June 15th. People should still follow the CDC social distancing protcols until then. 

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Artists Convene For The Future

VERMONT- Community Engagement Labs are hosting online meetings in order to look towards the future in arts.

Even people from out of state have signed up as Vermont spearheads the conversation of what the arts will look like after quarantine.

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Clean Water Funds Challenges Being Faced

VERMONT - A meeting of the Clean Water Board was held Wednesday afternoon to discuss the updated SFY20 Clean Water Fund Budget. Along with the establishment process and timeline revision for the SFY21 Clean Water Fund Budget. 

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Vermont Childcare Set to begin Re-Opening

VERMONT - Governor Phil Scott's Friday press conference hightlighted just how Vermont will begin to re-open the state in the coming week, and childcare was a big topic on the agenda as re-opening begins. 

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Beginning Details On State Reopening

VERMONT- Today, Governor Phil Scott clarified a couple of issues that Vermonters are expecting to hear more about in the next coming week. While the details were sparse, the administration is still looking at how Vermont will operate as the state slowly re-opens some areas.

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Local Teachers Have Not Been Forgotten

teacherVERMONT - This week is Teacher Appreciation week across America, and this year it has become more meaningful than ever, as teachers undergo the ultimate duty to transform lesson plans and make them compatible with a virtual platform. It has been especially difficult in the NEK where not everyone has connection or at least good connection to the internet.With distance learning in place, the bar has been raised for teachers to continue to provide the best quality education as possible, this has been no easy task, but many parent-teacher organizations have made it happen.

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Re-opening Becomes Big Topic at Governors Briefing

VERMONT- Over the weekend, Governor Phil Scott and his task force announced Farmers Markets could re-open with strict physical distancing guidelines.This comes as the Governor’s task force announced Vermont is past its peak for active COVID-19 cases, now sitting at 886 positive cases and 51 deaths.

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Young Wildlife Need To Stay In The Wild

VERMONT- Spring is here and with the warm temperatures and longer days. Young animals also start to make their appearance. Although you may see young animals and think they need help, picking up young wildlife is against the law. 

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New Deer Hunting Regulations

VERMONT- After an easy winter for Vermont Deer, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has released new regulations for deer hunting in 2020. The Fish and Wildlife department has gone back to a one buck annual limit. 

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Vermont Historical Society Offers Wednesday Night Entertainment (And More!)

VERMONT- The Vermont Historical Society will be holding their fifth Vermont History Trivia Online event tonight at 7:00 pm. The topic of tonight’s trivia game will be Famous Vermonters.

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