RSU 39

REsponse to covid PLAN 2023-2024


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 2023 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.

This page has been created to provide community members with a single place to find the most up-to-date information on the RSU 39 response to COVID-19.  We will do our best to keep this page updated with news, notes, and planning information to keep you apprised of our progress in providing engaging, meaningful instruction while keeping our community safe.

Reopening Plan - Fall 2023

1 Continue to focus on personal hygiene (frequent hand-washing, minimal sharing of supplies, proper sneeze and cough etiquette).

2.  Maintain the expectation of daily self-checks for symptoms by staff members and families of students.

3.  Ongoing use of improved air filtration systems to remove particles and contaminants from indoor air.

4.  Continue to promote vaccines for students in approved age groups, with potential for vaccination clinics as needed.

5.      BinaxNOW testing kits are available for students and staff to take home for COVID testing.

6 Face coverings are optional except for individuals returning to school after isolation/quarantine from day 6 to day 10 (Masks can only be removed while eating or drinking for these individuals).

As COVID-19 data is updated, this plan will be reviewed, and the Superintendent may ask the RSU Board of Education to reconsider any portion of the plan on an ongoing basis. 

Pre-Screening Tool for School Attendance

The following tool should be used to assist in determining if a student should attend school. Families are encouraged to use this tool each day during the 2023-2024 school year.

FALL 2023

Given Maine’s significant progress to date in vaccinating its population and reducing the spread of COVID-19, the State of Maine intends to modify the aforementioned Public Health Guidance to lift all physical distancing requirements for PreK-12 schools and adult education programs, effective for the start of the 2022 school year. 

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.


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 2023-2024 school year.   Currently, Fall of 2023 opening is a GREEN PLAN.

These plans are broken down into three major categories: Red, Yellow, and Green.  

RSU 39’s Yellow Plan calls for two groups of students: Group A and Group B.  

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.