Covid FAQ Live event: The road ahead for Vermont schools

Since the start of the pandemic, experts have warned that students, particularly those who are young and/or low-income, would suffer from the loss of in-person instruction, resources and other developmental opportunities due to Covid-related school closures.

Now with roughly half a billion dollars in federal aid coming to Vermont schools, the question is, what should recovery consist of? How should priorities be weighed? And what are experts and advocates on the ground hearing from communities?

This Thursday, April 15 at 5:30 p.m., VTDigger is hosting another edition of the Covid FAQ Live series about the impacts of the pandemic on education and what lies ahead.

Our panelists are Amanda Garcés of the Vermont Human Rights Commission and founder of the Education Justice Coalition of Vermont; Deborah Lisi-Baker, formerly of UVM’s Center for Disability and Community Inclusion; Michael Martin, Director of Learning for the South Burlington School District; and Celilo Bauman-Swain, a student at Champlain Valley Union High School and a member of the Act. 1 Working Group. Lisi-Baker and Bauman-Swain are also members of the Education Justice Coalition of Vermont.


You can submit a question for the panelists using the form below.

This event, part of an ongoing series aimed at answering readers most commonly asked questions about Covid-19, will be livestreamed Thursday evening.

How to Watch:

At the time of the event, view the livestream on our homepage or YouTube channel. We will also update this page with the YouTube video embedded at the top of this story for viewing at the time of the event.

While not required, we strongly encourage RSVP’s via eventbrite so that registrants can receive email reminders.

Submit a Question:

Covid FAQ Live questions

Submit your questions below for our FAQ live sessions.
  • Please include an email address. We will not publish it on our website.
  • Optional: we will not publish your phone number, but may phone you with a follow-up.

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Libbie Sparadeo

About Libbie

Libbie Sparadeo leads community engagement, communications and external partnerships. Previously she managed development and planning for Neighbors in Action, a demonstration project of the Center for Court Innovation that promotes community cohesion in Central Brooklyn. Before that, Libbie was policy associate with the Katal Center for Health, Equity and Justice, and managed a Ford Foundation initiative at CUNY with formerly incarcerated and undocumented students in the South Bronx. Born and raised in Vermont, she holds an MA in Human Rights from Columbia University. She lives in Randolph.

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