Public schools not covered by National Day of Mourning directive

Dec 04, 2018

Augusta — As part of the National Day of Mourning that has been declared in honor of President George H.W. Bush, who passed away Nov. 30, Gov. Paul R. LePage has directed that all executive branch state offices will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 5. According to an announcement yesterday, public schools are not covered by this directive.

In a public statement released yesterday, LePage stated, "I encourage our schools to use the National Day of Mourning as an important opportunity to learn about the life and legacy of President Bush, including such potential topics as the American presidency, World War II and the Cold War. Schools should exercise their judgment as to age-appropriateness regarding watching the state funeral."

If schools opt to recognize the National Day of Mourning by closing, they may use extra days built into their school calendar, just as for a storm closure or other unexpected closures.

A closure on the Dec. 5 National Day of Mourning will not reduce the minimum requirement of 180 school days and 175 instructional days, pursuant to Title 20-A, Chapter 209.

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