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GWRSD Reopening Task Force plans ahead


July 09, 2020
WOLFEBORO — Parent surveys returned by July 7 will be collated to assist the Governor Wentworth Regional School District in planning the 2020-2021 school year. Superintendent Kathy Cuddy-Egbert wrote to parents on June 30 to set the stage for the re-opening of school.

While New Hampshire currently is experiencing reductions in Covid-19 case numbers, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services continues ro recommend wearing a mask and social distancing and the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization are "cautioning that we could see a resurgence in the fall," wrote Cuddy-Egbert.

The district's Reopening Task Force has been working this summer to implement health and safety recommendations and develop contingency plans for however the Covid-19 numbers evolve. All are agreed that the schools need to reopen when they safely can. That said, as long as there is no vaccine, reopening comes with some risk during the pandemic, and the degree of risk is likely to be different at different times of year. Therefore, the reopening plan has to be flexible to accommodate the changing circumstances.

The 32-member task force, comprised of administrators, supervisors, and teachers and guidance counselors from each of the ten district schools, is assigned to subcommittees representing Technology,

Health and Safety Management, the Physical Plant, Teaching and Learning, and Mental Health/Social Emotional Considerations, and Transportation and Food Service. Seven meetings have been scheduled, culminating at the end of July.

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