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Some New Hampshire Schools Allowed To Postpone Reopening Date

Dan Tuohy for NHPR

The New Hampshire Department of Education says it has granted seven waivers to schools that say they can't meet Governor Sununu's deadline of reopening fully next Monday.

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The Manchester school district and SAU 29 in Keene are among those receiving waivers - they say they need until May 3rdto prepare schools and have staff fully vaccinated.

The other schools receiving waivers are small public charter schools and schools that work with students with special education needs and disabilities. Requests from two additional schools are awaiting Governor Sununu's approval, according to the Department of Education.

The waivers allow schools to continue teaching in a hybrid model, with cohorts of students logging into class from home a few days a week until May. Without the waiver, remote class time would not count toward the minimum school hours required by state law.

The Monadnock School District did not request a waiver but also plans to push full reopening until May. They say that they will still meet the state’s hour requirements even with this approach.

Sarah Gibson joined NHPR's newsroom in 2018. She reports on education and demographics.

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