Our schools are working in consultation with the Maine Center for Disease Control and are actively monitoring the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This page contains resources and communications designed to raise awareness of prevention and preparedness efforts in our district. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.
April 15, 2020
RSU 19 Families, The Commissioner of Education has recommended that Maine schools continue their remote learning plans until the end of the school year. This is based on US CDC guidance that indicates that a long term school closure of 8-20 weeks is needed to flatten the curve and reduce hospitalizations from COVID 19. The social and physical distancing practices that we have all been asked to adopt are working. Public health officials need us to continue, while other strategies are developed and implemented, that will allow us to return to a more normal life. We know this is a challenging time for our students and families. We will continue to support you with meal deliveries and remote educational programming through the end of the school year. 43,000 meals have already been delivered, and we are strengthening our Food Service Program by adding a second team and following protocols to protect the health of staff. Our teachers and administrators continue to reach out to students to keep them connected to their schools and engaged in the learning process. Our technology department has been hard at work providing devices and continued support to staff and students. We will continue to deliver paper and pencil packets to students who need them to continue learning. I am working with the School Board and Administrative Team to clearly define what the end of the school year will look like. This is an important milestone for our seniors and we will do our best to recognize their achievements and offer a meaningful experience and lasting memories. We will provide you with the details when our plan is in place. School closures are part of a greater strategy to slow the spread of COVID 19 and flatten the curve. The CDC recommends that in order to be effective they must be accompanied with other mitigation strategies to protect our health. These include: Knowing how the virus spreads. Cleaning your hands often. Avoiding close contact with people outside your household. Covering your mouth and nose with a cloth mask. Covering coughs and sneezes. Cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces. How to Protect Yourself & Others
Sincerely, Mike Hammer, Superintendent
April 3, 2020 9:00 am
As part of the Governor's "Stay Healthy at Home" mandate, we are extending our school closure until May 1st. The Maine CDC is advising that additional social and physical distancing measures are needed to slow the spread of COVID 19 to save lives and improve the ability of the health care system to respond. During this time we strongly urge you to follow the advice of public health officials in order to protect the health and well being of our community. This is a challenging time for everyone and we are committed to providing as much support as we can.
Superintendent of Schools
March 20, 2020 10:00 am
It is with the safety of our students and communities in mind that RSU#19 will be extending the school closure and remote learning days until after April vacation. Students will return on April 27th. April vacation will remain as it is from April 20th to April 24th. We will still provide meals to our families through the Summer Feeding program with delivery on our school buses. If we make any changes in this process we will communicate directly to you through our regular messaging systems. We understand the hardship this places on our families; however, the ultimate safety of the entire school system is at risk if we do not continue to distance ourselves from each other.
Superintendent of Schools
March 15, 2020
To support public health and keep our students and staff safe, RSU 19 will close schools beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27, 2020. All staff will report to work on Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17 to prepare materials for students to work on at home. We are mindful that not all of our students have access to technology and the internet so we will have both online and paper/pencil work available. We will notify parents via automated call, district website and school Facebook about times/dates parents can pick up class work at schools. School lunch and breakfast will be provided at no charge to any students who request it. To order food, use this form (http://bitly.com/RSU19MEALS) or call your child’s school between 8:30 am - 12:00 pm Monday or Tuesday. Once you communicate with us, meal delivery to homes will begin by bus as soon as possible.
School buildings will be closed to the public, however, staff will have access as needed. The custodial staff will be working on a deep clean of our school buildings. Please keep your personal information up to date and stay tuned for further information, specifically food service delivery, learning materials, and other services the school department delivers.
District Administration will be available via phone or email. There is a strong community bond in RSU 19 and we want to do our part in supporting the families and students of RSU 19 through this challenging time. This is a rapidly evolving situation. We have made this plan based on information currently available and we will continue to monitor and re-assess the situation. Stay tuned for additional updates.
RSU 19 Superintendent of Schools