January 15, 2021 Update

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January 15, 2021

 Good Afternoon

Today, Friday, January 15, 2021, Governor Janet Mills, working in collaboration with the Maine Department of Education and the Maine Center for Disease Control updated the State of Maine risk assessment color-coding system. York County continues to be coded as “Yellow”. As part of the Update to the risk assessment color-coding system Governor Mills stated “The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) continue to review evidence that indicates lower transmission of COVID-19 in schools compared to the general population. Over the last 30 days, the rate of new cases is 27 per 10,000 staff and students, compared to 113 per 10,000 people statewide. This rate of new cases in schools is 24% of the statewide rate for the general population.”

All schools will continue to provide in person instruction, as outlined in our Re-Opening Plan.  Each building will continue to follow their published schedule. The Maine Department of Education has scheduled the next update of the State of Maine risk assessment color-coding system for Friday, January 29th, 2021.  The State also reserves the right to update this coding when they deem necessary.  Unfortunately, all extra-curricular and co-curricular activities will continue to be offered remotely.

I must report today, an additional case of COVID 19 at Central Elementary School.  All school related close contacts have been notified.  Over the past 2 weeks I have received feedback, both positive and negative, from the community regarding the volume of COVID 19 communication provided by the Superintendent’s Office.  As part of Maine Department of Education and Maine Center for Disease Control Standard Operating Procedures, districts are provided letter templates to notify the community of all COVID 19 cases within our schools.  I understand that the frequent, if not daily emails may seem redundant to some. These are a necessary part of our commitment to providing transparent communication in order to keep our schools and community safe. I look forward to the day that I no longer need to send COVID 19 communications to all of you.

It is our district’s goal to continue in person instruction for the entire academic year, as long as it is safe to do so.  As the pandemic continues to escalate, our schools are managing the reality of a high number of students and staff that may be absent from the school building due to testing positive for COVID 19, being determined to be a close contact or typical sickness.  This is stressing our system. I hypothesize that the next two months will continue to challenge our community and I continue to ask for your vigilance and understanding. Please remember:

 Let’s all fly like H.A.W.K.S.

 H – Hands, wash them when you enter or leave a room.

A – Assess – Self Assess your health every day.  If you are sick, stay home.

W – Wellness – Be aware of your mental and physical wellness.

K – Keep your masks on.

S – Social Distance 

 We are all in this together!!

As this pandemic continues to stress not only to us as individuals, but also as an entire country, we believe that is important to celebrate some of the wonderful things taking place in our schools.  Hawks High Fives is an effort to share some of those wonderful things happening across the district.  If you would like to share something about a volunteer, staff member or a student, please reach out to Mrs. Vicki Stewart (Vicki.stewart@rsu35.org).

Hawk High Five to give a HUGE “Hawk High Five” to the families of Marshwood Middle School. Every time we ask for your help to make an idea come to life you have never failed us.  Our last two projects benefited both the community within our doors and beyond. We asked for cleaning supplies to benefit Footprints Food Pantry and also donations in the form of gift cards to show our appreciation to the hardworking staff of MMS. Families once again did not disappoint. Footprints picked up a good amount of supplies yesterday and our Student Council was able to give away 39 gift cards during our December’s Daily Drawing. THANK YOU!!

– Marshwood Middle School Student Council

 Hawk High Five to David Graichen teacher at Marshwood High School. BIG THANK YOU to David Graichen for putting in the time to conjure up his Infinite Campus magic!! It’s going to save us hours of work!!

– The Marshwood Nurses

 

Have a wonderful weekend.

John Caverly

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