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Burlington School District seeks input on how to reopen schools

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Published: Jul. 6, 2020 at 4:50 AM EDT
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The school year is quickly approaching and school districts are deciding how they want to handle the fall semester.

For students, summer has only just begun, but the Burlington School District is already thinking about the fall. School leaders created a survey on Facebook last week asking parents and staff about getting back in the classroom.

"I think everyone should be able to voice their opinion based on their experiences these past six months," said Cindy Shanks, a Burlington resident.

Shanks has a granddaughter returning to Burlington High School and loves to see the district looking for input.

"It's very reassuring because I think they need to have a lot of planning in place depending on what happens with COVID. I mean, I think it's a good idea to get them back in school and take safety precautions obviously, but they have to have a plan B and a plan C," said Shanks.

Questions in the surveys surrounded the comfort level of parents and staff returning, scheduling options to ensure social distancing and about the distance learning experience. Transportation options for the coming school year to limit contact was also asked about.

"I think it's a great idea. I think parents all are coming from different places about how they feel in the fall about returning and I think it's great that they are honoring both sides," said Sara Dessau Lopez with the Vermont Association for the Blind.

She says she hopes students can successfully transition back to in-person learning in the fall but knows there will be challenges.

"I'm excited and I'm also nervous. I have mixed feelings about it. I am concerned for both the staff, myself, the students because there is that risk. I just hope the virus goes away entirely so we can just stay in school, that's my goal," said Dessau Lopez.

The survey closed Friday, so the results have not been posted yet.

We do know on Tuesday, new Burlington School District Superintendent Tom Flanagan will have a press conference to discuss his 100-day entry plan.

We'll have more information regarding the back-to-school process following Tuesday's meeting.

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