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Gilford School District reminds families of travel requirements


October 15, 2020
The district is reminding families about the state's travel requirements during the pandemic, as they will still apply for people traveling over Thanksgiving.

Superintendent Kirk Beitler included this and some other announcements in an email to families dated Oct. 7.

During the Oct. 5 meeting, the Gilford School Board discussed the state's travel requirements and how they will apply to the Thanksgiving, when many families travel travel for the holiday.

Currently anyone traveling to and from anywhere outside New England (including Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut) are subject to certain travel restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The school board reaffirmed the policy and Superintendent Kirk Beitler posted a reminder to families with more information. He said the district received a number of questions about this as Thanksgiving draws closer.

According to state guidelines those traveling to and from the state outside the exempt area need to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving in New Hampshire. This applies no matter what form of transportation is used, including public and private transportation. People can self-quarantine in their home state for 14 days before coming to New Hampshire as long as they don't travel using public transportation.

Additionally Beitler also reminded families who want to apply for free and reduced meals that the application deadline is Oct. 21. Families are asked to complete the application and send to to Food Service Director Jonathan Dupuis before that date so service can continue uninterrupted when current USDA funding expires. More information can be found on the district website sau73.org.

Beitler also thanked all the students, families, staff, and community members for helping keep the schools safe during this time by following proper protocols.

"I appreciate that everyone is doing the daily screenings and taking precautions when they are not feeling well," Beitler wrote. "It is certainly an exceptionally challenging year for everyone."

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