Starting the 2021-2022 School Year

TO: RSU 63 PARENTS, STUDENTS, STAFF, and COMMUNITY MEMBERS

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

RE:  STARTING the 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

DATE:  MONDAY, AUGUST 2, 2021

As we get closer to starting the 2021-2022 school year, many people are wondering what school will “look” like.  RSU 63 plans to start school in a traditional manner and return to a typical schedule for our students.  We look forward to welcoming all our students back and meeting our new students on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.  The RSU 63 2021-2022 Calendar is under “Quick Links” on our website (www.rsu63.org).  We are excited to have all our students learning at the Eddington, Holden, and Holbrook Schools.  

The health of our students, while learning at school, is our top priority.  Below is current information regarding CDC requirements and recommendations.  There may be changes between now and September 1st.  Throughout the school year, I expect we will receive additional information from CDC.  Some of that information will be great news and sometimes we will learn things that will be hard to hear.

We are planning on and hoping for traditional drop off procedures in the morning, a regular school-day schedule for our students, continuing free breakfast and lunch for all students, after school activities, middle school sports, and holding an open house at each of our three schools.  As we finalize details, we will share them with you as quickly as possible. 

Thank you very much for your patience and help as we work together to provide a safe, supportive, and challenging academic environment for our students.

Sincerely,

Susan Smith

RSU 63 Superintendent/Director of Curriculum and Instruction

 

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.”  The federal guidance currently replaces the Maine guidance used last year.  We will adhere to all CDC requirements. 

MASKS

Currently, the US CDC requires 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.

Face masks are not currently required in schools.  However, due to the presence of the Delta variant in Maine, face masks are highly recommended, especially for people who have not been vaccinated.  When school starts, we will be asking parents to let us know if they want their child(ren) to wear a face mask.  That will help us help your child(ren) follow your directions. 

PHYSICAL DISTANCING

Physical distancing of 3 to 6 feet will be maintained indoors. 

COVID TESTING

Opt-in pooled testing will be offered to all staff and students following Maine Department of Education’s (DOE’s) procedures and guidelines.  This new tool helps schools identify infected people (including those without symptoms) so steps can be quickly taken to prevent further transmission of COVID-19.  Consistent with legal requirements and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), parental consent will be obtained prior to any COVID testing.

VACCINATIONS

All eligible students (currently students age 12 or older) and all staff are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated.  The Maine DOE/Maine CDC will be requiring each district to report the percent of staff members full vaccinated.  Beginning in September, this information will be posted and updated monthly on a Maine DOE  or MAINE CDC website.   

COVID RESPONSE PROTOCOL for POSITIVE CASES

RSU 63 will continue to follow state guidelines for dealing with a COVID positive case.  As of July 2021, this includes reporting, contact tracing, quarantining of individuals who test positive, and quarantining of non-vaccinated close contacts.

Please keep in mind these health requirements are subject to change depending on CDC guidance and local conditions.