PK - Grade 5 Moving To Green Schedule

TIMELINE FOR PK THROUGH GRADE 5 MOVING TO GREEN SCHEDULE 

There have been a few hitches in getting the school year started.  Thank you for your help and patience as we worked on technology links, afternoon traffic patterns, etc.  Overall, our students have done a wonderful job logging in to attend their morning meetings, wearing their face masks, and adjusting to the new routines.  While we still need to give lots of reminders to the students about maintaining physical distance at school, they are doing a better job with that as well. 

Assuming all goes well and the Maine CDC and DOE’s recommendation for Penobscot County continues to remain “Green,” we are ready to begin moving some grade levels from the Yellow schedule to our Green Schedule, with at-school instruction four days per week (Monday through Thursday) and remote learning for all students on Fridays. 

Other factors that influence this decision include:

  • Class sizes small enough and classrooms large enough for students to take mask breaks indoors (6 ft. apart, windows open, fans blowing out).  Sometimes students will need to sit on their sit-upon or stadium seat for an indoor mask break.
  • Enough space and seating available for students to be at least 6 ft. apart (and not having to be on the floor or outside) for lunch and snack breaks.
  • Desks and cots arriving on time.
  • Transportation concerns including the number of students riding buses and the number of cars picking up students from school in the afternoon.
  • The ability to schedule and limit student interactions to grade level/cohort groups.

Parents who chose the Remote Option should plan on having their children continue with the Remote Option until at least the end of the first trimester (November 20, 2020).  We do not currently have the space or staffing to absorb all Remote Option students into our Green schedule.  Additionally, all Remote Option students have not yet practiced the new at-school rules and procedures.  Students who chose at-school instruction but have needed to be remote for a few days due to travel or health reasons may return to at-school learning once it is safe to do so.  If you have the need to change from at-school learning to all remote learning or vice-versa, please contact Don Spencer (dspencer@rsu63.org) or Ashley Allen (aallen@rsu63.org).

Due to larger class sizes, Yellow Hybrid Instruction will continue for Grades 6 through 8 (with at-school instruction Mondays and Wednesdays for students in Pod A, at-school instruction on Tuesdays and Thursdays for students in Pod B, and all students remote on Fridays). Students who chose the all Remote Option will remain remote.

Monday, September 21st:  Grades 1, 3, and 5
Assuming Penobscot County’s rating and local health conditions remain Green, students in Grades 1, 3, and 5 can begin following our Green schedule and attend school 4 days per week, with Friday being remote.  Students who chose the all Remote Option will remain remote.

Monday, September 28th:  Kindergarten and Grade 2
Assuming Penobscot County’s rating remains Green, local health conditions are stable, and the desks and cots we ordered arrive, we anticipate students in Kindergarten and Grade 2 joining Grades 1, 3, and 5 and begin following our Green schedule; attending school 4 days per week, with Friday being remote.  Students who chose the all Remote Option will remain remote.

Monday, October 5th:  Pre-Kindergarten and Grade 4
Assuming things continue to go well, we anticipate students in Grade 4 joining Kindergarten through Grade 5 following the Green schedule; attending school 4 days per week, with Friday being remote. 
Students in Pre-Kindergarten would also begin following the Green schedule beginning on Monday, October 5th, attending school two full days per week (Mon./Wed. or Tues/Thurs). PreK students who chose the all Remote Option will remain remote.
Parents who chose the Remote Option should plan on having their children continue with the Remote Option until at least the end of the first trimester (November 20, 2020). 

RSU 63 will activate our plan for RED – All Remote Instruction whenever required by local health conditions and whenever recommended by the Maine CDC and DOE.

We will continue to evaluate how things are going and make adjustments as needed.  We will also continue to work towards:

  • bringing our students in Grades 6 through 8 to school four days per week,
  • adding more remote contact and instruction on days students are remote,
  • providing additional instructional support and extensions to identified students, and
  • offering extra-curricular opportunities to students.

There have been and continue to be many questions (often with no clear answers), and a lot of anxiety for parents, teachers, and students.  You might find Pandemic-parent.org a helpful resource as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together.