Schedule, Thanksgiving, and Travel

TO: RSU 63 PARENTS and STAFF

FROM:  SUSAN SMITH, SUPERINTENDENT/DIRECTOR of CURRICULUM & INSTR.

RE:  SCHEDULE, THANKSGIVING, and TRAVEL

DATE:  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2020

Schedule for November 23 - 27

There is no school for students Thanksgiving week (Monday, November 23 through Friday, November 27th).

Eddington, Holden, and Holbrook Schools will be open with teachers and administrators working on Monday, November 23rd and Tuesday, November 24th.  Our schools and the RSU 63 Central Office will be closed for Thanksgiving Break on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Schedule for November 30 – December 4:  As long as Maine CDC and DOE’s categorization for Penobscot County continues to remain “Green” and our local RSU 63 health conditions also stay good, we will continue to follow our Green Schedule the week of Nov. 30 – Dec. 4.  I will send an email confirming that on Friday, November 27thIf we need to change to a Yellow or Red Schedule, I will send an email and use our SchoolMessenger phone call system to let people know about the change.   

Thanksgiving:

As we see the escalating impact of COVID-19 across our state and the nation, we recognize that friends and families are looking for ways to connect and to maintain normal traditions in abnormal times. It is critically important that our school communities continue to do everything we can in order to keep our schools safe, open, and able to provide in-person instruction, even during the holiday season.

A non-traditional Thanksgiving can be hard on all of us, and CDC has some suggestions on healthy alternatives and precautions to consider that can be found, here.

Travel:

Making the safe choice to limit holiday gatherings and travel is difficult.  We know both gatherings and travel have additional risks for exposure and transmission of COVID-19. Based on CDC recommendations, we strongly encourage our staff and students to celebrate each holiday within your current household only and to limit any large gatherings.


Any staff or students who travel to any state other than New Hampshire or Vermont (no restrictions for these two states only as of 11/16/20; subject to change), are required to either

  1. quarantine for 14 days upon return to Maine, or
  2. quarantine until a receiving a negative test result. The test must be taken either:
    1. in the state you are visiting and no more than 72 hours prior to your return to Maine, or
    2. once you return to Maine.

Any staff or students who travel to restricted states will not be permitted inside the school building or on a school vehicle until either the negative test result or 14 days has occurred.  Even a one day visit out of Maine requires a person to quarantine for 14 days or until a negative test result is confirmed. All members of the household who travel must test or quarantine. Testing site information for Maine can be found here.  Anyone who is quarantining should stay home, and not have in-person contact with others unless there is an emergency.  These rules apply to families who host out-of-state visitors.

If your child will not be returning to school on November 30th because you are quarantining or waiting for test results, please let the school know by informing the school secretary (like any other absence). 

If you or someone in your household has COVID-19, please report (immediately upon confirmation of a positive test) to our school nurse, Dawna Bickford, by sending an email to dbickford@rsu63.org.  Please inform Nurse Bickford even if it is during the night or over a weekend.  Timely communication is critically important to reducing spread.

Please stay safe, and help us to keep our school community safe and able to provide for the students we serve.  Thank you!