This page has been created to provide our community members with a single place to find the most up-to-date information on RSU 64’s response to COVID-19. We will do our best to keep this page updated with news, notes and planning information for our schools.
During our summer programs, no positive cases of COVID-19 were reported to us. As we prepare for the upcoming school year, it will be important for parents and caregivers to remember to contact us should a student develop symptoms of illness. Testing for COVID-19 is still a very appropriate next step to take after symptoms are observed. Please consult with your primary care provider for next steps.
If you need information about the availability of a vaccine, please do not hesitate to contact one of our school nurses by calling your school office or via email. Nurse email addresses are found on our staff information pages.
As we plan for our reopening to staff and students the week of August 23 (staff return on August 24 & 25, First Student Day is August 26) we are prepared to continue to engage in daily cleaning protocols, thorough hand hygiene, and physical distancing when it makes sense to do so. We are planning to open our buildings to parents and volunteers and we expect to be using our cafeterias for lunch. We will keep breakfast available in classrooms or other areas of the buildings as we have found more kids are eating and kids are eating more this way. We will return to offering after school clubs and activities and will be stressing the importance of people staying home when they don't feel well. Daily screening for symptoms of illness, regardless of whether or not the illness is COVID-19, is essential. Please do not send your children to school if they are not feeling well or are experiencing any flu or cold symptoms. This is our very best strategy in keeping the public well.
At this time, it is the district's plan to encourage and support masking indoors for all individuals but especially for those that are not vaccinated. Masks will not be required in our facilities however they are mandatory on all buses and in district vans. If you want to have your student mask during the school day, please communicate this to your child's teacher or the school office and we will do our best to enforce and support your decision. As transmission of the virus continues and positive case counts continue to rise in our area, masks indoors will be required for all students and staff if Penobscot County remains at RED - HIGH risk per the US CDC designation. Also, if RSU 64 experiences an outbreak (3 or more epidemiologically related cases ) in one of our schools, we will move to masking for all students and staff indoors. Any changes or expectations around masking will be communicated here on our website and through our RSU 64 app.
As always, please contact your child’s principal or Superintendent Sperrey if you have questions or concerns.