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RSU 3 hints at possible longer closure for district schools

Mar 22, 2020

Unity — In a Sunday night email to district parents, Regional School Unit 3 Superintendent Charles Brown said families should be prepared for the possibility of a closure that could extend past April 27.

“I know this decision presents significant challenges for our families regarding childcare, food security, continuity of learning, and much more,” he said. “This situation is new to all of us, not just in education.”

Last Friday, March 20, the district announced all RSU 3 schools would be closed until April 27.

The RSU 3 staff made "monumental efforts" to provide students with learning resources, Brown said. “With the decision to extend the closure, RSU 3 staff will continue to plan educational opportunities for students to work on at home.

“While RSU 3 continues to navigate this storm, I am moved by the amount of support received from the staff and community at large,” he said.

Brown said his staff would be available by email during regular school hours and to reach out to them with any questions or for assistance. He said that, over the next few days, they would be developing plans and activities for continued learning and additional information would be forthcoming.

According to Brown, families that have requested meal delivery can expect food delivered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Two days' worth of meals will be delivered on Monday and Wednesday, and three days' worth on Friday.

“I would like to commend the efforts of our school nutrition staff, transportation staff, and team of volunteers that are working tirelessly to ensure our students receive meals,” Brown said. “During our first week of closure, RSU 3 delivered over 6,000 meals.”

RSU 3 facilities will continue to be closed to the public during the closure while custodial staff disinfect and deep-clean the buildings. The front office staff of each school are working remotely as much as feasible, with all communications being directed through the RSU 3 Central Office.

Mount View High School Principal Zach Freeman posted on Facebook, "As this thing morphs we will begin to have a better understanding of the impacts it will have on things such as prom, senior night, and graduation. While I can make no promises that they will happen on the days originally scheduled, I can make a promise that we will hold all of these events."

Brown closed his message to parents saying, “I strongly encourage all members of RSU 3 to watch out for others, offer help if you can, and reach out if you are in need. As a community, we need to follow the advice of our health officials and do our part in protecting the community as a whole.

"I am positive that, as a community, we can and will make it through this. If you or anyone you know needs anything, please feel free to contact my office (948-6136). Our team will do their best to offer support.”

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