With the outbreak of COVID-19 declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, everyone is on high alert. This includes area schools. According to interim Superintendent David Wolk, Rutland Schools are taking many precautions to prevent the spread of the disease. They are deep cleaning in classrooms, schools and school buses. This weekend, they will have three custodians working in every building. They are limiting groups using the school, but schools are open and activities are happening. This year’s Parent/Teacher conferences will happen via email and telephone.
In general the school administrators are monitoring COVID-19 closely, preparing to provide online learning, as well as providing computers and internet access to students who don’t have them. The school has cancelled international travel and any out-of-state domestic travel for students and faculty. Anyone who invested deposits will be reimbursed. As for instate travel, it is is on a case-by-case basis. Schools will follow the State’s lead on whether to close and awitch to online learning.
Interim Superintendent Dave Wolk said, “the health and safety of students is paramount, we’re doing everything we can. For many students school is their sanctuary, so we’re looking for ways to provide meals to kids if we do close.”
One of the most notable measures is a school bus lunch delivery system, which is being put in place.