August 5, 2020 – A Message from Superintendent Sperrey:
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I am very excited to share with you our schools are opening this fall! The RSU 64 Board of Directors met last night to review and discuss the Reopening Plan for the Fall of 2020. Although the CDC and Maine Department of Education have indicated it is safe to open all schools in Maine under the Green designation, opening schools requires several health and safety measures be taken. These health and safety measures are mandatory. The RSU 64 school facilities can accommodate physical distancing by reducing class sizes and using facility spaces that were previously not used as classrooms. We believe we can also staff those areas by reassigning staff. We can manage changes in how we serve meals, have recess, physical education, music, and art. However, we are not able to fully accommodate the transportation needs of our students and their families, given the guidelines that must be followed for spacing students on buses. Therefore, the Board of Directors voted to approve the District reopening under its Hybrid/Blended Learning Plan (Yellow).
The RSU 64 Hybrid/Blended Learning Plan includes all PreK-5 students attending on site, all school days. Middle and high school students will attend on site two days per week and will be learning remotely the other three. Middle and high school students will be split into two groups based on where they live. One group will attend on site Monday and Thursday; the other group will attend on site Tuesday and Friday. All middle and high school students will engage in remote learning on Wednesdays. Family units will have the same schedule and UTC student schedules will vary. Remote learning is also being offered to families for students who are vulnerable or who find that option best for their needs. Remote learning will require daily engagement in both live and prerecorded lessons and resources.
We understand that the decisions families face regarding school this fall are difficult and are decisions most have never faced before. So we can adequately plan, we will need to know which students are coming to school and which ones we should prepare to support remotely. Even in the Hybrid/Blended Learning Plan, we need your help with transportation, if you are able to do so. If you have not had these conversations with your child’s school administrator, please do so as soon as possible.
The full Reopening Schools Plan for RSU 64 is in the below. Given the fluidity of the situation, revisions are likely to be made. The health and safety of our staff and students will always be the priority.
If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to our schools. We appreciate your patience and support as we navigate doing school in a very different way this fall. In the coming days you will receive information on class schedules, teacher assignments, school supply lists, etc. We will work to get these things out to you as soon as possible.