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Education Sec. French, state epidemiologist Kelso explain new testing, tracing guidance for Vt. schools

A brick school building in the background, in front of an empty, snow-covered playground.
Elodie Reed
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VPR
Multiple school districts were forced to close schools after the holiday break due to surging COVID-19 infections and pandemic-related staff shortages. Pictured, Georgia Elementary and Middle School closed due to cold weather on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

Live call-in discussion: Vermont's Agency of Education has rolled out new plans for schools when it comes to how they'll test for COVID cases, and how they'll trace infections going forward. This hour, we talk with state education and health officials about the new protocols for schools, and the science behind the new plans.

Our guests are:

  • Dan French, Vermont's Secretary of Education
  • Patsy Kelso, the state epidemiologist

Broadcast live on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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