A message from MSAD 35 MAINE May 28, 2020

A message from MSAD 35 MAINE

MAINE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICT #35
Serving the communities of Eliot, South Berwick & Rollinsford

180 Depot Road Eliot, ME 03903 (207) 439-2438

John S. Caverly, M.Ed.

Superintendent of Schools

May 28, 2020

Dear Community,

It doesn’t seem possible that Friday, May 29th is our last day of classes for the seniors. The last 75 days have been a blur for us all. To think back to what was “important” three months ago, and compare it to what is “important” 75 days later, it seems like we are living in a completely different world. The old saying is that a person’s true character comes through in times of adversity. I believe that has held true in our community and we have stood tall again and again through this pandemic. We have helped neighbors in need, grocery shopped for elderly friends who struggle to get out of the house, and done drive-by birthday celebrations for people ages to 1 to 82, just to makes sure people know they are not alone. It makes me so proud to live and work within this community. In many ways, all of you are unsung heroes. Our new “normal” has been created by us all.

I wanted to provide a brief update on some important district issues:

Meal Program

MSAD 35 will continue to offer our free meal program through the end of June, with some slight changes. Our meal delivery service will serve its last meals on June 5, 2020. Beginning June 8, 2020, meals can be picked up at Eliot Elementary School, Central Elementary School and Marshwood High School every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 am to 11 am. Meals picked up on Monday will be for Monday and Tuesday, meals picked up Wednesday will be for Wednesday and Thursday and meals picked up Friday will be for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The State of Maine has requested an extension from the Federal Government for the Summer Meal Program to be extended in our community throughout the entire summer. If that waiver is approved, MSAD 35 will continue to offer free meals through the summer.

Graduation

Friday, June 5th will be Graduation at Marshwood High School. Graduation will be a “Drive-In” format. Each graduate and their family will drive together through the MHS parking lot, greeted by the district’s staff, and receive their diploma in person. Regretfully, in order to meet all CDC and State Guidelines, the in-person event will be limited to graduates and their immediate family only and will be closed to the general public. Fortunately, a live stream of the ceremony will be available on the Marshwood High School Website. In addition, approximately one week after the event, an additional video of the event will be made available.

2020 – 2021 Academic Year

There is a tremendous amount of conversation about what school will look like next year. The reality is that at this point in time, there is no clear answer to that question. The Maine Department of Education will be providing a framework that districts will need to follow as we plan for the fall. That framework is expected by the end of June. Once that framework is provided to us, we will work collaboratively with our staff, health professionals, and administrators to construct plans for a number of scenarios for the fall. Part of that planning will be to gather building-based feedback from families. We will notify the community of our plans at the earliest possible time and thank you in advance for your patience. As you know, many of the decisions that impact our ability to plan are made at the state level.

Thank you for your continued support as we work to provide the best for the children of our district. Frankly, I wish I could provide the answers to all of your questions such as: Can we go back to school in the fall? What will it look like? Is it safe? I have heard from many members of the community, expressing multiple viewpoints. I know that many of you are concerned about allowing your children to come back to school, while others are concerned about childcare as you are required to go back to work. We will continue to navigate these waters together.

Thank you for your support

John Caverly

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