Public Information and Announcements
As has been reported throughout the state, we have seen a significant increase in sickness. Although we’ve not seen significant cases of Covid-19, we have seen an increase in both respiratory and flu-like illnesses which are concerning. As schools see an increase in sickness for both students and staff, we are reminded that it is important to prevent transmission of viruses/sickness in school.
The MSAD 54 Board of Directors is seeking feedback from our communities including our students, staff, parents, alumni, and residents about the name of the new elementary school that is being built in Skowhegan. Please take a moment to complete the following short online survey: https://forms.gle/G9brwPrh8GxoiTaq6
Early in January, the Board will review community feedback and make a final determination on the name for the new school. We sincerely thank you for your feedback. Should you have questions, we encourage you to reach out to us or review information on the building project page: https://www.msad54.org/building-project
Below are draft plans for the upper elementary playground at the new elementary school. These plans will be refined over the next few weeks including at meetings with all elementary staff (11/22), the Parent Advisory group (11/29), and the Building Committee (12/7). Anyone interested in attending meetings or giving feedback should reach out.
UPDATE: As of 12:00 p.m., the Maine Analysis and Information Center briefed schools that the threats from earlier today were "a Hoax". For more info visit: http://bit.ly/3UOSfNg. All MSAD 54 Schools transitioned out of "Lock-in/Lock-Out" status early this afternoon and will have a regular dismissal.
Original: Please take a moment to review MSAD 54's decision to proactively move to Lock-in/Lock-out today. We anticipate a standard dismissal process at this time.
RSU 54/MSAD 54 has teamed up with MaineGeneral Medical Center to offer OPTIONAL FREE COVID-19 Immunization Clinics for our students, ages 5 and up, on November 29th. Immunization allows you to protect your child from the COVID-19 virus. It is a family decision to vaccinate against COVID-19. We are helping ensure families have the opportunity to get their children vaccinated by offering these school-based clinics, but will absolutely not pressure any child or family into getting the vaccine. The following will be offered: Pfizer 1st, 2nd, and booster for all students ages 5 and up.
Information concerning the lead level results for drinking water samples taken at Marti Stevens Learning Center
Maine law requires schools to test all drinking water faucets that could be used for drinking or cooking purposes for the presence of lead. This law further requires that parents and staff are made aware of all of the sample results.
I am writing to you to share important information regarding fake pills and fentanyl that are being found in communities across our state. Although we've not seen increased incidents of drugs in our schools, this information drove home the reality for me that it's essential that we work to raise awareness to help protect our kids. Our MSAD 54 community vision strives for the following: that "Every individual comes to school feeling safe, welcome and respected for who they are." Not only do these types of substances have a tremendous negative impact on individuals and our community, they are potentially life-threatening. I thank you for taking the time to review the information below and in joining me in raising awareness throughout our communities.