MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The head of the Vermont Senate is calling on the Agency of Education to create a task force to study the best ways to re-open in-person schools this fall.

Vermont schools closed in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Afterward all instruction was done remotely.

In a Monday statement, Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe said he’s worried that any further delay in developing reopening plans will make it more difficult for local school leaders and increase the anxiety levels of students and families.

“Working parents have struggled to take on the partial role of educating their kids, all while doing their normal jobs,” said Ashe, a Democrat and Progressive

Rebecca Kelley, a spokeswoman for Gov. Phil Scott, said state education officials are already studying the issue.

“This group continues to meet weekly on how to implement the guidance this fall so we can safely reopen schools for in-person instruction," she told the Rutland Herald. "While it may not be called a ‘task force,’ it’s a broadly representative group, which is tackling the different tasks associated with the planning for school reopening this fall.”

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