COVID-19 Rules Have Changed: Facemasks Required on RSU 63 Buses and Vans

July 16, 2021


The Maine Department of Education has shared that we need to adhere to the US CDC’s “Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools.”  This federal guidance was recently updated on July 9, 2021, and replaces the Maine guidance document that was used during the 2020-2021 school year.

Per the US CDC order related to transportation, all people on public or private school-provided transport, including buses and vans, are required to wear a mask.  This means students and staff must wear a face mask while on RSU 63 buses and vans.

With COVID cases low and vaccination rates high, face masks are no longer required in schools.  However, face masks are recommended, especially for people who have not been vaccinated.  If you want your child(ren) to wear a face mask for STEM Camp or ESY, please let Michele Archambault ( know so we can follow your wishes. 

Students will be 6 feet apart when unmasked for snack break. 

If you are able, please send a water bottle with your child.

Please continue to monitor yourself and your children for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.  Keep your child home and call a healthcare provider if symptoms start.   Symptoms include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever of 100.4 or greater
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Students should also stay home if they have two or more of the less common COVID 19 symptoms. Less common symptoms include:

  • Muscle Pain
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Congestion/runny nose

Thank you for helping us all stay healthy.

Susan Smith, RSU 63 Superintendent/Director of Curriculum and Instruction