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Text of Dr. Foley's Reopening of School Letter - 8-13-2020

Dear RSU5 Families,

As many of you may have already heard, Wednesday night the Board voted unanimously to have us begin school in the yellow/hybrid level. The hope is to move to the green level by October 13. This is contingent upon the COVID data in our three towns remaining stable.

To adequately prepare for our reopening, the Board voted for a change in the school calendar. They decided to delay the students’ return until after Labor Day which will be September 8.

Additionally, the Board of Directors also approved RSU employees to have their school age children (K-7) attend school five days a week if the parents are unable to find adequate daycare.

Students with significant learning disabilities or with significant learning loss will also have an opportunity to attend school five days a week. We want to stress that the recommendation to allow staff’s students to attend five days a week is based not solely on the needs of our teachers, but on the needs of all our students. If the parents cannot work due to childcare, we would have to hire a sub to teach the students in that class, thus impacting the quality of the instruction.

There are many questions surrounding the reopening of school. By the end of the day Friday, there will be a FAQs section on the website under COVID. Please feel free to email me your questions that you would like answered.

I want to thank all of you for your input over the past couple of months. It is truly appreciated. I considered all feedback when deciding what level to recommend that we begin with in September.

It was not an easy decision. Beginning in the hybrid level will enable us to proceed cautiously and still get our children back to school. I hope you and your family have found time to enjoy our wonderful Maine summer. We look forward to welcoming your child back in just a few weeks!

Stay well,

Becky Foley, Ph.D.

Superintendent RSU

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