COVID and OUT OF STATE TRAVEL - We are rapidly approaching the winter break. You are reminded that the State of Maine's Center for Disease Control has guidelines for out of state travelers. The rule is still in effect that if you or any members of your household are exposed to COVID 19, please do not send your child to school until you discuss the particulars of the situation with your school nurse. The nurse will determine when your child may safely return to school. If over the break you travel out of state, other than to Vermont or New Hampshire, your child must quarantine until the school receives a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. If you are unable to schedule a PCR test or choose not to have your student tested, they must quarantine for a total of 10 days from the day you return to Maine. This pandemic is not yet over and we all have a responsibility to keep each other safe. If you have any questions, please contact your school principal.
COVID Update - Despite some minor hiccups, all the schools in AOS 98 have for the most part been able to keep our students in school. Please accept my sincerest thanks parents for all that you doing. The daily health check-ins, keeping sick children home, mask wearing, and frequent hand washing, is allowing us to continue to educate students. We appreciate all that you are doing!
Read To ME Challenge. We are celebrating the 6th annual Read to ME challenge throughout the month of February. Parents, one of the most important things you can do with your children is to encourage the love of reading. You can do this by taking 15-20 minutes a day to read one of their favorite books with them. The Maine Department of Education has a list of great resources to encourage this great initiative. Click here to learn more: https://www.maine.gov/doe/learning/content/ela/literacyforme/readtome
Dear AOS 98 School Community - As we see the escalating impact of COVID-19 across Maine and our nation, we recognize that friends and families are looking for ways to connect and to maintain normal traditions in an abnormal time. As the holiday season approaches, it is critically important that our school communities continue to do everything we can in order to keep our schools safe, open, and able to provide in-person instruction. This may mean making the safe and difficult choice to limit holiday gathering and travel, as we know that both have additional risks for exposure and transmission of the virus. The United States Center for Disease Control has issued strong guidance to Americans to limit our interactions and travel this holiday season, so that we can all gather safely in the future. That guidance is available on the CDC website. Based on the recommendations of community health experts, we strongly encourage our staff and students to celebrate each holiday within your current household only, and to limit any large gatherings. Any staff or students who travel to any state other than New Hampshire or Vermont (no restrictions for these two states only as of 11/19/20; subject to change), they will be required to either 1. Quarantine for 14 days upon return to Maine, or 2. Quarantine until a receiving a negative test result. The test must be taken either: a. In the state you are visiting and no more than 72 hours prior to your return to Maine, or once you return to Maine. Any staff or students who have travelled to restricted states will not be permitted inside the school building until either the negative test result or 14 days has occurred. This is not dependent on the length of time spent within the restricted states, meaning that a day visit still requires any person to quarantine for 14 days or until a negative test result is confirmed. All members of the household who travel must test or quarantine if over 12 months old. Testing site information for Maine can be found, here. Any person who is quarantining should stay home, and not have in-person contact with others unless there is an emergency. A non-traditional Thanksgiving can be hard on all of us, and CDC has some suggestions on healthy alternatives and precautions to consider that can be found, here. Please stay safe and help us to keep our AOS 98 school community healthy and able to provide for the students we serve.
I commend everyone for your conscientiousness doing all you can to minimize the impact of the Coronavirus in our schools. The staffs in each school are doing a magnificent job cleaning, social distancing, wearing masks, and handwashing, in an effort to keep students and each other healthy and safe. And of course, our students are acting responsibly and doing all requested of them to help control the spread of the virus. This is definitely a "team effort" and the "team" has been superb!
I am so glad to see our students in their classrooms again. My sincerest appreciation to everyone in the district who contributed to helping us open schools again for learning.
Our Schools Are Open for Learning! Although it may look a bit different than in years past, our schools are now open and students are engaged in a variety of learning activities. To start the school year in a pandemic, the most important thing to emphasize is please don't send your child to school if you suspect that they might have any of COVID-19 symptoms. Call your school's main office and we will guide you on what to do. Let's stay healthy!
We are looking for school bus drivers. If you are interested, in learning more, please contact Dave Benner (633-5097) and he will discuss with you the process to get you behind the wheel. New drivers will receive a signing bonus.
We are always looking for qualified school bus drivers. If you are interested, please contact Dave Benner and he will discuss with you the process to get you behind the wheel.