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Gilford schools planning in-person school year

June 27, 2020
The Gilford School District plans to open schools in the fall with protocols in place before the governor announces what school in the fall will look like.

Superintendent Kirk Beitler announced on the district's website that the school district is aiming to be in session this fall with in person and remote programming options at all three schools.

"Our number one priority is safety for students, staff and the community," Beitler wrote. "Our priority is to be in school next year in person. We will keep you updated on our plans as we move through the summer. We are curious to see the Commissioner of Education's and the Governors recommendations for schools."

The district has put in place a number of guidelines for entering the buildings that follow the Gov. Sununu's executive orders and CDC recommendations.

Everyone entering the building will be screened at the main entrances. A touch free thermometer will be used to take temperature and anyone with a temperature over 100 degrees will not be allowed in the building.

Visitors must also answer five questions: if they are experiencing cough, shortness of breath, a runny nose or sore throat; if they have had a fever in the past 72 hours; if they have closed contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19; have new chills or muscle aches; or have any new changes in taste or smell.

All visitors must wear face masks while in the building if they cannot stay outside of six feet with other people. Anyone who will be alone in offices and classrooms don't have to wear masks unless they wish to. Face masks will be required when coming into an occupied office or classroom.

Beitler also recognized the challenges that Gilford families have been going through during the past few months.

"I want to say thank you for your support as we navigated this challenge together," Beitler wrote.

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