Just to take the 9 items that the article suggests schools should be doing:

Increase ventilation in classrooms and upgrade AC filters.
Already doing - was on call with an HVAC engineer today

Purchase portable air purifiers for poorly ventilated rooms.
Already done.

Install plexiglass shields at reception desks and cafeterias.
Most already done, some more planned.

Add buses to limit the number of kids in each bus.
Even safer - ask parents to transport their kids 
where possible this year and ensure social 
distance for those remaining on buses - we're doing this.

Purchase fogging machines to disinfect buses.
Don't think this is evidence based. Not doing it. 
Although there will be extra cleaning on buses (and buildings!).

Hire additional nurses, cleaning staff, and other aides.
Both additional nursing support and cleaning 
staff already authorized at board meeting two weeks ago.

Provide and require masks and hand sanitizer, and 
require frequent hand-washing.
All already ordered, much already arrived. Masks 
and increased hand washing required. Discussions 
already held on how to train with students and if need be enforce.

Test for the virus, trace contacts, and ensure sick kids stay home.
We'd love to test and are having conversations 
how, but state of Maine capacity is not really at 
that point yet. Please contact your governor and 
state representatives. We are looking at multiple 
plans to ensure sick kids (and staff) stay home 
and that ones that become symptomatic at school are immediately isolated.

Provide remote learning for high-risk students, 
and staff that effort so teachers are not forced 
to manage both remote and in-class learning.
Any parent/family that wishes including obviously 
high risk can opt into remote learning (please 
fill out your surveys by Monday). They will have 
dedicated staff separate from those teaching in the classrooms.

This doesn't begin to touch our full list of 
things we're doing. And of course the biggest 
thing is only having ~50% of the kids in the 
building at one point in time to ensure social distancing.

I know this is a time of high anxiety. But please 
do rest assured that your schools are leaving no 
stone unturned to keep everybody safe. We're not 
bowing to politics, ignoring science, nor being 
lazy. People have worked long hours this summer 
to be prepared as best as humanly possible.

Please feel free to contact me or the superintendent with further questions.

Sincerely,
Brian McGill
RSU 26 School Board Chair


At 05:48 PM 7/31/2020, Deborah White wrote:
>If you have questions & concerns about the 
>re-starting of RSU #26's schools, please watch 
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><https://youtu.be/NIDA4vnCt9M>https://youtu.be/NIDA4vnCt9M, 
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>Check the district FB page as well as the Twitter account for updates.
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