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Last week, after the schools were shut down, teachers and leaders in the Harwood Union school district labored tirelessly to set up an online system to continue educating children.

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Waterbury Cares — a COVID-19 alliance, resource exchange and support group — has been set up by town leaders to connect people who need help with people who want to give help. To connect online: bit.ly/waterburycares.

With no budget, a room full of parents and residents looking for answers, and the deadline looming for coming up with a school construction bond, the Harwood Union school board tried last Thursday to forge a path forward.

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The virus is spread mainly from person-to-person contact, and from surfaces contaminated with the virus, so the emphasis is on staying home and washing your hands.

Harwood school board members and school officials have their work cut out for them. In the coming months, they will tackle a trio of issues, each of which would be challenging on its own, but together will test the abilities and the limits of people responsible making the hard decisions.

After a turbulent town meeting, Duxbury’s new select board met Monday to figure out what’s going on with the millions of dollars in grant projects the town has on its plate, and to look at the corresponding paperwork.

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After the first suspected case of novel coronavirus, COVID-19, was reported in Bennington and several Vermont schools closed because of the illness, Waterbury officials have opened a line of communication among public and private organizations to form and enact plans if the pathogen pops up in town.

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