Breck Dumas of The Blaze writes (abridged):
The state of Vermont has announced that schoolchildren and their parents will be questioned about the nature of their Thanksgiving gatherings after the kids’ return to school, and children in families that admit to violating the state’s rule against celebrating with another household will be required to quarantine at home.
Earlier this month, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) issued an executive order prohibiting gatherings of any kind between households. The state’s website notes that the ban “includes both inside and outside social gatherings, in public and private spaces.”
On Tuesday, state officials delivered an added threat to those who dare to visit Grandma for Thanksgiving: Children will be banned from the classroom and must return to remote learning at home for two weeks — or for one week if they can present a negative COVID-19 test result after that time.
In a lengthy Twitter thread on Tuesday, Scott urged citizens to do their part in stopping the spread of the virus as the state experiences a surge in cases, and asked folks “to help by avoiding getting together with people outside your households and not travel this week.”
Unfortunately, we know some will still get together and schools have asked for help. @VTEducation will direct schools to ask students or parents if they were part of multi-family gatherings and if the answer is yes, they’ll need to go remote for 14 days or 7 days and a test.
— Governor Phil Scott (@GovPhilScott) November 24, 2020
“Unfortunately, we know some will still get together and schools have asked for help,” he continued, before announcing that the Vermont Agency of Education “will direct schools to ask students or parents if they were part of multi-family gatherings and if the answer is yes, they’ll need to go remote for 14 days or 7 days and a test.”