To the Editor: To Governor Scott: I am the 71-year-old retired husband of a lovely 64-year-old woman who works as a paraprofessional at Mount Anthony Middle School. Sue works face-to-face with special needs students. She does so in spite of the known risks to a person of her age.
I am writing to ask you to reconsider your decision to continue to keep schools open face-to-face in the light of steeply rising COVID infections. In addition to the steep rise which appears to have been the result of Thanksgiving get-togethers, we have yet to see the full impact of the Christmas season. Now we are faced with the emergence of an even more easily spread strain in Saratoga.
It is only a matter of time before COVID explodes in Vermont just as it has in other states. So why on earth would you continue to force schools to stay open for face to face classes when stopping this practice until the population has been vaccinated could have a positive effect on slowing the spread?
A few more months of all remote learning would allow the vaccination process to kick in. Keeping schools face-to-face is bad public policy, when the end result will be a certain escalation of the pandemic tragedy, perhaps to the levels seen in so many other states. Are we waiting for teachers to die and the first students to suffer serious effects of COVID?
You have just been reelected so do the right thing. The political cost should be minimal and the citizens of Vermont could be spared unnecessary grief and suffering.