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August 8th Update

Staff / Parents / Students / RSU 18 Community,


As we reach the second week of August, I still do not have all the answers for you about the start of school.  I can tell you that many people in our district are working hard, and we will be ready.  I will continue to send out regular updates, so you know where the decision making is about the fall.  As I have told you all since early July, some decisions will not be made until we reach the latter part of August.  Our next school board meeting is on August 18th.  At that meeting the board will hear more recommendations and consider some of the final decisions that still need to be addressed.


Some of the things we do know about the start of school are focused on cleaning and safety protocols.  Many of the protocols we implemented last year will continue:


·       additional custodial staff ·       outdoor learning spaces
·       additional sections and space for lunch ·       live streaming events
·       organized hall traffic for transitions ·       student drop off / pick up protocols
·       options for virtual parent conferences ·       cleaning supplies available in all rooms
·       limited visitors in our schools ·       hand washing / sanitizing
·       Contact tracing and quarantining for close contacts.

Note: Vaccinated staff and students will not have to quarantine unless they test positive



We will not be offering remote learning as a full-time schedule.  If an entire class must go remote for a short period of time, remote synchronous learning could be an option.   However, if individual students must quarantine due to being a close contact, they will have to utilize asynchronous learning.  All teachers will continue to use Google Classroom or Seesaw as a communication tool for students and parents.  This will assist in any asynchronous learning situations.


High School fall sports are scheduled to start on August 16th.  Please keep an eye out for communication from Mr. Foye or Ms. Wills.

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