Schools around the state are diverging on what to do about April vacation, which is scheduled for the end of the month.
In Concord, April vacation will occur as scheduled, according to Interim Superintendent Frank Bass.
“Teachers, students and parents all need a break!” Bass wrote in an email to families.
Other districts have curtailed or canceled vacation to keep momentum going with online learning since schools remain closed.
The Kearsarge School District scaled back its vacation to give students and teachers Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday off, but will resume classes on Thursday April 30.
School officials said they tried to balance consistency with ongoing remote instruction and giving teachers, students and parents a chance to “step back and find some respite.”
Districts in Amherst and Merrimack won’t interrupt classes at all after surveying parents who overwhelmingly favored canceling the vacation, NHPR reported.
State officials say it’s up to local districts to decide to modify their school schedules.
New Hampshire has experienced about 200 more COVID-19 cases than Vermont, but infection rates remain far higher in the Green Mountain state, which has about half as many people.
As of Friday, Vermont had detected 679 COVID-19 cases with 24 deaths. About one tenth of one percent of the state’s overall population of 623,989 have been infected.
New Hampshire has identified 885 cases with 22 deaths. Based on New Hampshire’s population of 1.3 million people, that means about .07 % of residents have been affected.
Between 25% and 30% of New Hampshire cases are among health care workers, according to Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette.
Beer pong isn’t social distancing
Despite requests from Dartmouth College and Hanover officials to not return to town after spring break, some Dartmouth students have come back to live off-campus.
In the past few weeks, Deputy Fire Chief Michael Hinsley has been responding to complaints about people neglecting to follow social distancing practices and has been “actively interacting” with students off-campus.
Earlier this week, police responded to a house on Maple Street where a group of Dartmouth students were playing beer pong, according to Hanover Town Manager Julia Griffin.
Hanover Police Chief Charlie Dennis said his department hasn’t responded to many complaints in the past few weeks, but when they do, they try to educate residents on best social distancing practices.
Police who see people disobeying the stay-at-home order can issue a civil fine or cite them for a misdemeanor violation, according to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, but Dennis said he hopes it won’t come to that.
“We are not looking to issue any citations,” he said.
Gov. Chris Sununu announced plans for $82 million in federal funding coming into the state to support education. The money will be used to support the shift to remote learning, as well as cleaning schools, school meals and social and emotional support.
He said $9 million will go out in the form of “discretionary grants” to schools that have been