April 28, 2020
Earlier today, Governor Janet Mills extended the Stay Healthy at Home Mandate, in the form of a “Stay Safer at Home Initiative”, to May 31st, 2020. Therefore, MSAD 35 will provide remote learning through the end of the school year.
I am so proud of the distance learning program that Marshwood has created. I truly believe that we are maximizing learning opportunities for our children in the midst of a pandemic. Parents, thank you for partnering with us. You have taken on additional roles and responsibilities associated with remote learning and enabled our students to still be engaged learners.
Whether it is providing Internet access, providing meals, or creating meaningful instructional opportunities, staff across the district have risen to meet the many challenges remote learning has created. In addition, staff have already begun the work of creating supports for students who may need remediation when they return to school.
As I stated in early April, hope is critical. Some students in the district will struggle when they hear we will not be returning to our schools this academic year. We must work together to stay connected. This pandemic has affected students in so many ways. From our young learner in Kindergarten, who is concerned about their boots being left at school, to our graduating seniors who are missing out on the many events typically associated with the spring of their senior year, every single student has been affected.
When we are finally able to open our school buildings to the public, I will notify families. This may simply be an opportunity for someone to come in to clean out lockers for any items that were unintentionally left at school. Each building will manage this based on CDC recommendations and the advice of our district nursing staff. In addition, it is the District’s intent to provide some type of closure for the students of MSAD 35 over the summer. This will be a chance to bring closure to the school year and begin to make the transition to the fall as students “step up” to a new grade.
I have asked Marshwood High School Principal, Robert Scully to begin meeting with Senior Class Officers, Senior Class Advisors and other high school staff members to discuss our Graduation Ceremony. It is critically important to keep students involved in this process. We are fortunate to have an outstanding group of parents that have committed many hours to fundraising for our Senior Project Graduation Activities. A representative from that committee will also be included in those conversations once a graduation framework has been created. I want to be clear that MSAD 35 is committed to holding a graduation when it is safe to do so.
The highlights of MSAD 35 end of the year calendar are listed below:
- May 8th and May 22nd – Reading Days
- May 25th – Memorial Day (No School)
- June 5th – Last Student Day
- June 8th – Staff Professional Day
Thank you for your understanding. The community support is much appreciated.