BENNINGTON — Mount Anthony Union High School will remain in remote instruction mode until at least the end of November, according to the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union’s recent updating of its Safe and Healthy Start timeline.
Plans are being made to begin mold remediation work in the math wing, and the floors above it, as soon as possible. According to the SVSU website, administrators have decided to retest the indoor air quality and a consulting firm has been retained to test.
That group is to provide an updated report with recommendations for remediation, but as of Tuesday, that report hadn’t come out.
“We don’t have an update at the high school yet. Until we have a report on the mold remediation we don’t have a timeline for when the high school will reopen,” said SVSU public information coordinator Katie West.
After the report comes out, the school will “seek bids from qualified remediation contractors with extensive experience in comparable projects.”
It’s likely that the Mount Anthony school board would have to warn a special meeting to approve the bid of a contractor, but no special meetings are on the public SVSU calendar as of Tuesday.
The Mount Anthony Union Middle School, however, will start to get closer to normal in-person instruction. The sixth graders have been in-person two days and remote three days since Sept. 26 and the district has made the decision to allow the seventh graders to start two days on and three days remote on Monday, Oct. 19.
The next week, the MAUMS eighth-graders are tentatively schedule to start a hybrid schedule of two days in-person and three days remote.
For the week of Thanksgiving, Monday, Nov. 23 is an A day. Tuesday, Nov. 24 is a B day, with Wednesday, Nov. 25 a half-day of asynchronous learning. MAUHS remains remote as of now.
By the end of November, the school will review the most updated guidance from the Department of Health and the Agency of Education to determine the next step of reopening. Right now, the SVSU is in Phase II, so if everything remains the same, students would be back to two days in-person and three days remote, according to the SVSU Safe and Healthy Start timeline.
At Tuesday night’s Southwest Vermont Union Elementary School District meeting, SVSU superintendent James Culkeen told board members that discussions to move to Phase III would be starting, but that any changes are at least four weeks away.
“Transportation is the biggest struggle,” Culkeen said. “There’s no limit on numbers for busing, but with physical distancing, we couldn’t do any more than 24, and that impacts our decision to go to Phase III.”