As you may know, Governor Janet Mills issued an ‘All Mainers Stay At Home’ mandate late yesterday afternoon. Within the mandate for the public to stay home, was language about schools needing to refrain from classroom based instruction until May 1. This mandate will extend RSU 64’s closure through May 1, 2020.
At this time, teachers and staff continue to reach out to students and their families using various different methods of online communication and the telephone. Teachers are preparing virtual lessons and are committed to supporting students and families remotely as best they can. The work teachers are doing is intended to provide resources and support to students during this period of time that we cannot be together in person. Although remote learning is not an optimal situation, we know everyone is giving their best. The most important outcome is for students to feel cared for and supported by their teachers, and to be meaningfully engaged in learning activities like reading, writing, math, creative outlets like art and music, and daily exercise. If parents need assistance with any of the lessons or guidance on what the expectations are for students, they should reach out to their child’s teacher via email. All teacher and staff email addresses can be found at our website: www.rsu64schools.org
The Food Service department continues to prepare and distribute both breakfast and lunch meals Monday through Friday. Parents and caregivers can pick up meals for children 18 years of age and younger at: Central Community Elementary School, the Bradford Town Office parking lot, the Hudson Town Office parking lot, the Stetson Town Office parking lot, and the former Kenduskeag Elementary School parking lot, between 8am and 10am each weekday.
Please know we will continue to do as much as we can, for as many as we can, with the resources we have, during this period of school closure. As we move forward, we will be looking for ways we can honor our high school graduates and organize such events as step up days, kindergarten screening, etc. We have not forgotten about these very special times for students and families but I ask you to please be patient with us as we continue to focus on the health and safety of our students, their families, and our staff first and foremost.