MSAD 54 COVID-19 Information
April 2, 2020
These are truly unique times that have placed a burden on all of the things we value, including and at the forefront, our families. It is with this in mind that I am writing to provide you with an update on the district’s next-steps as a result of the ongoing school-closure due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. As you are aware, Governor Mills’ most recent order has extended the closure of schools through at least May 1st. Unfortunately, the guidance from the CDC and other medical experts lead me to believe that this closure will likely extend beyond that. Regional Superintendents will be meeting over the coming weeks to discuss next steps as we await further guidance from the state. In the meantime, I wanted to highlight the approach we are taking with respect to food delivery, district schools/offices and support, and at-home opportunities for learning for our students. Know that we recognize that nothing about this situation is ideal, but we, like you, will continue to do our very best.
March 20, 2020
In consultation with superintendents in our region and around the state, based on guidance of the Maine CDC and Maine DOE, MSAD54 will be extending the closure of our schools through April 26th. This decision allows us to continue to get guidance from the state to make a decision about the remaining part of the school year over the next month. To say the least, this has been difficult on everyone in our community. I truly hope your families are and remain healthy. We will continue to provide meals in our community as well as educational resources for opportunities for at-home learning while school is out of session. I’ve again provided this information below and would encourage you to visit our website for more information.
March 17, 2020
I am writing to provide you with an update on the district's next steps as as result of our recent school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As you are aware, Governor Mills has issued a state of emergency and both federal and state officials have provided guidance that citizens should avoid gatherings of ten (10) or more people and advised us all to practice what is known as "social distancing". As of now, we do not know when our schools will reopen.
March 15, 2020
In response to guidance provided over the weekend specific to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in consultation with our board of directors, we have decided to close all of our schools for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16, and lasting until Friday, March 27. This closure is a proactive measure designed to allow staff to meet, plan, and have additional time to receive guidance. This school closure applies to all MSAD 54 School facilities including MSAD 54 Adult Education and the Somerset County Regional Technical Center (SCTC). Additionally, all outside facility uses will be suspended until further notice.
As we await further guidance from the Maine Centers for Disease Control and the Maine Department of Education, we encourage our parents/guardians and staff to follow common-sense strategies for preventing the spread of viruses:
At the individual student/staff level:
- We ask that children be kept home if they exhibit cold symptoms or a fever.
- We will continue to ask staff who are ill or have a fever to remain home and use sick time.
- Students and Staff are asked to regularly wash their hands and use proper hygiene, including avoiding touching face, mouth, eyes, etc.
- We encourage everyone to avoid travel when possible, especially to large gatherings in areas where there are known COVID-19 cases.
At the classroom/school level:
- We will reach out, as is our current protocol, anytime a student is found to have a fever or be sick.
- Teachers & nursing staff will be reviewing hygiene protocols with students including proper hand-washing, etc.
- Staff will discourage the sharing of personal items, including food, etc.
- Teachers will have anti-viral disinfectant spray bottles available for classroom use.
- Custodial staff will continue to follow cleaning protocols including increased frequency in high-travel areas and high-touch surfaces.
At the District Level, MSAD 54 will:
- Be in regular communication with state and local agencies regarding best practices for schools.
- Provide ongoing communication re: this topic including directly communicating with parents and our communities and by regularly updating this page
- Convene ongoing district administrative, crisis team, nursing staff, and school-staff meetings as necessary to inform and share information and to adjust plans based on guidance from the State.
- Review all school-related programming, especially field trips, including in and out-of-district trips.
- Review protocols to ensure regular ongoing best-practices are followed with respect to the cleaning of each school bus, in our preparation and distribution of food, and other district-wide programs.
- Work with area Schools and Superintendents to coordinate our responses to be consistent and best ensure the well-being of our students and communities.
For more information from the CDC visit:
- Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19)
- Keeping School and the Workplace Safe
- CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- CDC: Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools
- CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel
- National Association of School Nurses: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID -19)
For more information
Contact 211 Maine for answers to frequently asked questions on COVID-19: