Valley News – City schools in Hannover and Dresden drop mask mandates

Published: 03/15/2022 23:07:17

Modified: 03/15/2022 23:07:09

HANOVER – The schools of Dresden and the city of Hanover, as well as Dartmouth College, join the majority of schools and municipalities in the Upper Valley this week in removing the requirements for indoor masks.

Masks are no longer required on SAU 70 school buses or schools, which include those in Norwich and Hanover, according to a Friday message to families and employees from Superintendent Jay Badams. Instead, masks are now welcome, he said.

Schools made the change on Monday based on COVID-19 transmission rates, hospitalizations, case counts and vaccination rates, and in collaboration with the city of Hanover and Dartmouth College, Badams said.

The city and college are expected to drop mask requirements on Wednesday, after the college’s winter term ends. The city did not rescind its mandate and instead suspended it, so it could be reinstated if another variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 causes a rapid increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths, according to a message posted Monday on the city’s website. .

Students or employees of SAU 70 who still test positive are asked to self-isolate for five days. They can come back after a negative antigen test, or after 10 days, Badams’ post said. School administrators will no longer notify the community of positive cases, but they can change course if cases increase in a specific class or team.

In nearby Hartford, the school board is due to hold a special meeting to discuss mask requirements in schools Wednesday at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held in the auditorium at Hartford High School and online via Zoom. More information is online at: The city of Hartford has already allowed its mask requirement to expire.

The Bugbee Senior Center in White River Junction continues to require masks due to the vulnerability of many people who use the center, according to its website. The center will consider dropping its requirement once the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention measures the community level of COVID-19 in the region, which counts COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, as “low” for a few weeks in a row. . The community level of COVID-19 in most of Vermont, including the upper Orange Valley and Windsor counties, is “medium.” The level is “low” throughout New Hampshire.

Like those in neighboring Hanover, Lebanese schools stopped requiring masks on Monday. The city council postponed a hearing on the city’s mask requirement from Wednesday to March 23. The meeting is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. Agendas for city council meetings are posted on the city’s website:éunions. Norwich Selectboard is also expected to discuss its mask mandate on March 23.

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