RETURN TO SCHOOL PLAN
In response to COVID-19, RSU 39 will comply with the guidelines set forth by the Maine Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as the State of Maine (MDOE), which are incorporated herein. These RSU 39 Guidelines will be in effect on the first day of school 2021 and will be updated with the latest CDC and State of Maine guidelines, as necessary. Our goal is to continue to minimize the risk of possible transmission of COVID-19 and safely bring back as many students as possible to an in-person school setting to maximize learning. Therefore, these RSU 39 COVID GUIDELINES are mandatory for all students and their families.
The purpose of this document is to provide guidelines for a safe and educationally sound learning environment at all Eastern Aroostook Regional School Unit (RSU 39) schools. Many of the protocols established in this guide were generated during task and administrative team meetings as our district worked to establish a safe return to school due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This document will continue to evolve as new information becomes available and additional protocols are needed to safely and effectively guide our work with all members of the RSU 39 learning environment. I want to express the importance of the home to school relationships as we all venture into an era in education that this district, State of Maine and our nation have ever experienced. RSU 39's priority has also been meeting the educational needs of our students and providing a safe and respectful environment for our staff and students. At no time is this belief more important than now.
Reopening Plan - Fall 2021
Pre-Screening Tool for School Attendance
As a result of these changes, the Mills Administration expects all schools to offer full-time, in-person education in the fall. As they did prior to and regardless of the pandemic, schools are encouraged to continue the development and expansion of responsive, innovative pathways to learning for students who may benefit, but these options should be provided alongside full-time, in-person learning.
REQUIRED SCHOOL PLANS
All Maine schools were asked to develop plans for returning to school in 2020-2021 school year, these categories will still be used if needed during the 2021-2022 school year. Currently, fall of 2021 opening is a GREEN PLAN.
These plans are broken down into three major categories: Red, Yellow, and Green.
A Red Plan is used when the need arises for a full remote learning environment and there will be no face to face instruction or referred to as no in-school instruction allowed.
A Yellow Plan is used when the need arises for a face to face instruction which is combined with remote learning from home.
A Green Plan is used when all students will return to school for face to face instruction, while following all COVID-19 precautions and recommendations.
RSU 39’s Yellow Plan calls for two groups of students: Group A and Group B.
Group A students will attend school on Monday and Tuesday for face to face instruction and take part in remote instruction on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Group B students will attend school on Thursday and Friday for face to face instruction and take part in remote learning for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
Wednesdays will be used for deep cleaning of school buildings and remote learning for all students.
Learning is progressive throughout the week. New instruction or learning will be provided each day. (Thursday and Friday will not be a repeat of Monday and Tuesday)
If we move to any category that is not Green, you will be notified by the school which Group your child will be placed in.