Regional School Unit 3 Superintendent Charles Brown said students will return to school four days a week starting Monday, March 15.

At the March 9 RSU 3 School Board meeting, Brown said the students he had spoken with, overall, were excited to return to school. "…Staff is also excited to have the kids back in school," he said. "We think it's time and we are excited."

Currently the district operates under a hybrid model where most students attend school in person two days and remotely for three.

Because of the current parameters set by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the state Department of Education on social distancing and group sizes, Brown said, the district is only able to accommodate current hybrid learners. At this time, any fully remote learners will need to remain remote until further notice.

The biggest obstacle, he said, is that while following guidelines from the Maine CDC and the state DOE, all students cannot fit in all classrooms if they were to return at the same time.

Brown encouraged the families of remote learners, if interested, to contact their child’s school administrator to discuss returning to school in person at a later date as space permits. "We are working on a case-by-case basis," he said. "We just needed to get started."

The district hopes to implement any changes now in order to have a smooth transition when students return to school in the fall, he said.