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Return to Learn Plan

At this time, we intend to begin school as scheduled on Wednesday, August 12, with all of our students returning to the classroom. However, the date we start school may be one of the few things that look and feel like a “normal” start to school.

Bennington Public Schools is developing a Return to Learn document as we begin to plan for the reopening of schools for the 2020-21 school year. The goal of the Return to Learn plan is to provide guidance and protocols for the safe return of all students to school facilities. We have participated in numerous meetings/briefings with health department leaders, other school districts, statewide leaders/elected officials, and others as we have carefully analyzed plans to reopen our facilities to students and staff. The Return to Learn document will be a layering of multiple safety protocols from health officials to protect the health of our students and staff and to keep our buildings open. We know the best educational option for our students is to be in school with competent and caring teachers. 

Local health experts continue to communicate the layering of safety protocols, such as frequent surface cleaning, symptom checks, hand washing, social distancing, and face coverings are our best defense against the worsening of this pandemic. Students and staff will be expected to wear face coverings as much as reasonable and appropriate. Administrators and teachers will work with students and families on what is reasonable and appropriate for each individual student. Your help is essential in creating as safe of an environment as possible, navigating public-health imperatives, and helping us stay in session, which is the best educational option for all students. Your help is needed as we prepare for a full opening. How you as parents help us prepare our students will be important. We understand that a return to school may not be possible for every student, and we will work individually with those families to create appropriate education plans as we reopen our schools.

We have, and will continue to, solicit the advice of many in the development of a plan to reopen schools on August 12th. The district is in the process of finalizing the input from our Core Task Force. We will be distributing a draft document to a consultation task force next week with plans to present the full Return to Learn document to the Board of Education on Monday, July 13th. We will release the district’s Return to Learn plan to the public on Wednesday, July 15th.

Bennington Public Schools Return to Learn document will not be exhaustive or final; we know that the COVID-19 landscape is rapidly changing—this uncertainty will require us all to be flexible and pivot quickly as circumstances change. Guidance from the CDC is changing regularly as experts continue to learn more about this dangerous virus. We will continue to update the information and guidance in this document and publicize the information on our website as we incorporate the latest national and local data, research, and published reports. In addition, as our school district plans for the return of students and staff, it is important to note that this work is heavily dependent on and responsive to the public health conditions at any particular point in time in our area. Our goal is not only to open schools, but to keep them open.

Thank you for your understand and support during these unprecedented times.

Take Care!







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