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6-29-2020 Press Release

posted Jun 29, 2020, 8:58 AM by Betty Lu Davis   [ updated Jun 29, 2020, 10:48 AM ]

From: Mary Alice McLean, Superintendent of Schools, RSU 71

To: RSU 71 Community

Date: June 29, 2020

Re: Press Release from RSU # 71

Press Release:

For Immediate Release- June 29th

RSU 71 Task Force to Safely Re-Open Schools

The RSU # 71 Task Force to Safely Reopen Schools to Classroom Instruction has been hard at work on a three-tiered plan for the 2020-21 school year.

The “Red Light” Tier envisions a fortified and strengthened Remote Learning Plan to use in the event that it is deemed unsafe to return to in-person instruction.

The “Green Light” Tier envisions a full return to classroom instruction for all students, though one that would follow CDC recommendations around sanitization, PPE (personal protective equipment), and no large group congregation.

The “Yellow Light” Tier envisions a hybrid model in which students and staff are kept at a safe social distance from one another. This plan would necessitate split sessions, with a portion of our students being present for in-class instruction for some days (6 - 12) or portions of the day (K - 5).  

We are at a point that we need to hear from families about their intentions for their children in the coming school year including whether or not they feel comfortable sending their children to school for in-class instruction and whether or not the children will be taking the bus to and from school. Please fill in the attached survey by Thursday, July 2 to let us know your thoughts and preferences. 


Our next press release will be sent by Friday, July 10th, and will include the DRAFT Plan to Safely Reopen Schools to Classroom Instruction, with an opportunity for RSU # 71 Families and community members to share feedback. We will then incorporate what feedback we can and await further direction from the Maine Department of Education, which is also hard at work in the planning process.  

In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to me, Mary Alice McLean, RSU # 71 Superintendent of Schools by calling 207-930-9726 or via email at mamclean@rsu71.org.