RSU 63 Guide for Returning to School

RSU 63 Guide for Returning to School

I am proud of the way our students, parents, staff, and community members have responded to the COVID-19 crisis.  The attached “RSU 63 Guide for Returning to School” represents our best thinking to date on how we intend to open our RSU 63 schools and provide instruction and support for students this fall.  Our plan is based on the requirements and guidance provided by the Maine Department of Education (DOE) and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  It incorporates creative, solution-oriented ideas from our staff as well as input and feedback from our community.  The guide provides quality At-School and Remote Instruction while taking steps to protect the health of our students, staff, and community.  While the number of COVID-19 cases in Maine is low, our vulnerability is high.    

We know our students receive vital services through our schools.  We also know many students and parents struggled with Remote Instruction and are concerned about childcare.  These reinforce our desire to return to At-School Instruction and have as many students as possible come to school for instruction and other activities as quickly as we safely can.  In order to do this, RSU 63 will begin the 2020-2021 School Year with a Hybrid Yellow Model of Remote and At-School Instruction.  We will also provide and all Remote Option for parents who do not feel comfortable sending their child(ren) to school.  We need time with all staff and small groups of students to teach, implement, and refine new protocols and procedures.  However, shortly after we start school, we plan to increase the number of days per week of At-School Instruction for many students. When necessary, we will also back off At-School Instruction and increase Remote Instruction. 

Please take some time to read through our Guide for Returning to School.  If you are a current or incoming RSU 63 family with students in PreK through Grade 8, please complete the Family and Student Action Items below ​after reading the Guide for Returning to School.

To support our planning process, we need to know your plans for the 2020-2021 school year and understand your needs for transportation by Monday, August 17th.

Family & Student Action Items

FOR FAMILIES: ​ ​ After reviewing the guide, please complete this form for each student enrolled at the Eddington, Holden, or Holbrook School during the 2020-2021 school year.

This form includes:

·      Family/student choice for Hybrid Instruction or the Remote Option

·      Transportation needs

·      Childcare needs (for those who did not have a chance to respond to this item on our survey in July)

FOR STUDENTS Grades 5-8:  ​Please complete this Student Input Survey ​to provide your feedback.  We are interested in learning what you think about returning to school.

Also attached are Frequently Asked Questions (and answers) as well as a slightly modified calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.  Friday, September 4th is now a Remote Day for students (with teachers working to complete plans for the following week).

Thank you very much for your continued support and patience as we work together to provide safe learning environments for our students, staff, and community during this pandemic.  This pandemic makes things hard for everyone.  However, we are excited about seeing our kids again! Thank you for working together to help keep our schools and children safe.

Sincerely,

Susan M. Smith, RSU 63 Superintendent of Schools

RSU 63 Guide for Returning to School 

Frequently Asked Questions 

2020-2021 School Year Calendar