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Vermont Agency of Education works on plan for education recovery work

Ruth Venman-Clay, a para-educator at Green Street Elementary School, in Brattleboro, Vt., checked the temperature of Lebron Murray as he returned for his first day of school as Carter Trowell looked on Sept. 8, 2020.
Ruth Venman-Clay, a para-educator at Green Street Elementary School, in Brattleboro, Vt., checked the temperature of Lebron Murray as he returned for his first day of school as Carter Trowell looked on Sept. 8, 2020.Kristopher Radder/Associated Press

The Vermont Agency of Education is working on a plan for education recovery work to mitigate the impact the coronavirus emergency has had on students, Education Secretary Daniel French said Friday.

Three areas of focus will be on mental health and well-being; reengagement and truancy; and academic success and achievement, he said during the state’s biweekly virus briefing.

The agency anticipates requiring each school district to submit a recovery plan, which will help as the state determines how to coordinate the use of federal coronavirus relief funding, he said. The state is expected to get $133 million for K-12 education, he said.

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French said he expects schools to start engaging in recovery work later this winter and into the spring, which will require more in-person instruction and in-person contact.

“So as the conditions improve in the coming months and the advent of more vaccine and warmer weather, we expect most schools will be able to return to nearly full in-person instruction after April vacation,” he said.