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Vermont Governor Phil Scott speaks during a press conference in Montpelier, Vermont, March 13. Jeb Wallace-Brodeur / The Times Argus / AP

Vermont has created a task force to oversee the reopening of higher education institutions led by Rich Schneider, recently retired president of the University of Norwich, Vermont governor Phil Scott announced at a conference Tuesday Press.

Schneider said state universities have collectively accepted a contract for all students, faculty and staff on state universities and college campuses that requires them to sign an engagement verifying their honesty when declaring their health and accepting to practice physical distance, wear masks / masks and wash your hands frequently.

Schools that welcome students in the fall will need everyone – students and staff – to test on arrival and to do it again a week later.

Any subsequent routine testing will be at the discretion of each university. Any student who violates the policy will be subject to disciplinary action, including expulsion from their college or university. Any faculty or staff member found guilty will incur termination, including.

From a legal point of view, Schneider said that the responsibility of anyone who falls ill has not been addressed. However, he said, “If someone wants to sue you, they will prosecute you.”

Most Vermont schools that provide face-to-face instruction in the fall will send students home for the Thanksgiving break to mark the end of the semester, so as not to have students travel within two days. and potentially be infected and / or spread the virus.

State health commissioner Dr. Mark Levine said at today’s press conference that deaths remain stable in the state at 56, and that cases in the state are overall remained flat, with small ups and downs that Vermont residents should consider a new standard. .


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