On Campus Instructions Suspended Through April 27

Extended Classroom Instruction Closure
Posted on 03/20/2020
PriorityDear RSU 25 Parents, Guardians, and Staff:

Governor Mills recently announced that all Maine schools should cease classroom-based instruction for the duration of her announced civil emergency which is initially a 30-day period. Many of the regional superintendents have agreed to issue an extension of their original closure notice to coincide with this initial 30 day civil emergency period. The addition of the 30 days from the Governor's announcement will extend the RSU 25 closure through our traditional April vacation dates and our new target date for return will be April 27th. We will continually reassess this situation to determine if it is possible to reopen on April 27th and will update you regularly. As indicated in my previous  communications, this return date is a target, but conditions relative to the prevalence of COVID 19 or actions taken by the Governor's office may impact that return date.

I have been very pleased with the efforts of our teachers and support staff to provide remote learning opportunities for our students. Over the coming days that system will continue to be expanded and be refined. If you have any questions or need assistance, regarding your child’s remote learning program, please contact your child's school. Our plan is to have each of the school offices staffed, as well as the central office Monday through Friday from 8 am - 2:30 pm.

We have completed day one of the food service delivery program and, as with all new ventures, we are learning and refining that process so we can effectively and efficiently deliver breakfast and lunch to any child up to age 18 in the four towns of RSU 25, free of charge . Please continue to contact our food service phone center at 307-8008 between the hours of 8 am - 2 pm Monday - Friday to order food or ask questions regarding the food service program. This  program is Federally funded and there is no cost to any child up to age 18.

We have tried, through the first week of the closure to make sure we are acting in a calm, deliberate manner and to be adaptive as a unit. I am proud of how our school leaders,  staff, and students have handled themselves throughout the early days of this challenge. Please continue to visit our district website for information and we will continue to use our communication tools such as the school Facebook pages, our email system, and our automated call system to  keep you informed.

Thank you very much for your continued support and patience as we work together to take care of our
students and our community.

Sincerely,

Jim Boothby