Vermont Business Magazine Today, Mayor Miro Weinberger released the following statement on the Burlington School District’s plan to reopen this fall with a hybrid model:
“I welcome new Superintendent Tom Flanagan’s decision to start the upcoming school year with some in-person learning. Thanks to the collective work and sacrifice of Burlingtonians and Vermonters, we have sustained some of the nation’s lowest levels of virus transmission for months, and have achieved, for now, the public health conditions necessary to safely re-open schools. I have offered the City’s support in the form of building space, staff time, and the help of our COVID-19 Analytics Team to help the district successfully expand in-person learning, especially for elementary school children, over the course of the fall if virus conditions remain favorable. Our community has accomplished so much together since this pandemic began. Now, we must keep rates low and our schools open in order to address the opportunity gap, ensure that students don’t disproportionately fall behind, and support working parents and families. I am hopeful that we can follow a path like Denmark, Norway, and other nations in finding a way to safely resume full school operations for young children in the months to come."