This sounds like a sinister plot to get students to rat out their parents.
The governor of Vermont Phill Scott during a press conference announced that state schools will ask students questions about their parent’s whereabouts during Thanksgiving.
The governor’s motive is to try to catch students and parents who gathered in large gatherings and put them into quarantine.
Teachers in Vermont will interrogate students about their Thanksgiving plans.
If they admit to participating in "multi-family gatherings," they will be excluded from in-person school for at least 7 days.https://t.co/CYv5PLhljh
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 25, 2020
— The Hill (@thehill) November 25, 2020
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. 9/
— Governor Phil Scott (@GovPhilScott) November 24, 2020
Fox News covered the story and chipped in with these details:
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said during a press conference on Tuesday that schools in the state will include new questions during daily health checks about whether students and their parents attended gatherings outside of their households following the Thanksgiving holiday.
Scott noted that any students who attend events with more than just their immediate household will be required to either take online classes for a two-week quarantine period or quarantine for a week and then have a negative COVID-19 test.
“We understand how difficult this is, but since we know these types of gatherings have been the cause of so many outbreaks, we’ve got to do all we can to slow this down,” Scott said.
The governor also encouraged businesses to take the same approach with their employees.
Isn’t coercing children to rat on their parents to the government something that the old East German secret police, the Stasi, used to do? Well, they’re reviving the practice in Vermont.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) November 26, 2020
Students or parents who admit to violating Vermont’s holiday travel & gathering rules will be forced to participate in online school for two weeks. The penalty will be reduced to one week if the students in question take a COVID-19 test. https://t.co/9TV4IQ5N2I
— 🍿 𝙰𝚆𝙰𝙺𝙴 𝙰𝙶𝙶𝙸𝙴 🍿 (@AwakeAggie) November 27, 2020
The Washington Examiner added to the story too:
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said the state’s Agency of Education is directing schools to ask students if they were part of “multi-family gatherings” during the Thanksgiving holiday.
“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,” Scott said on Twitter.
Scott also called on businesses to take a similar approach.
“We also advise businesses to consider asking employees to quarantine if they don’t adhere to gathering restrictions,” Scott said. “This isn’t a way around the ban or an excuse to get together. The more we adhere to this policy, the faster we’ll lower case counts & ease up on restrictions.”
The governor of Vermont went too far on this one.
Schools should not purposely put their children against their parents, that’s just plain wrong.