Just to take the 9 items that the article suggests schools should be
Increase ventilation in classrooms and
upgrade AC filters.
Already doing - was on call with an HVAC engineer today
Purchase portable air purifiers for poorly
Install plexiglass shields at reception
desks and cafeterias.
Most already done, some more planned.
Add buses to limit the number of kids in
Even safer - ask parents to transport their kids where possible
this year and ensure social distance for those remaining on buses - we're
Purchase fogging machines to disinfect
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
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
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
Please feel free to contact me or the superintendent with further
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 the
Community Q & A video:
contact your building principals, & attend the August 4th Board of
Check the district FB page as well as the Twitter account for
On Fri, Jul 31, 2020, 5:34 PM Stanley M Levitsky
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What It Would Take to Safely Reopen Schools
Experts fear that without proper funding or precautions,
schools will remain ill-equipped to safely reopen to
- The CDC
guidelines for school reopenings:
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