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RSU 3 plans shift to four-day in-person learning, one day remote

Oct 15, 2020

Thorndike — Regional School Unit 3 Board of Directors approved phasing in the return of students to school at its Oct. 13 meeting.

In a letter to parents and staff Oct. 14, Assistant Superintendent Dawn Pray said. “due to all of the regulations,” the district started the beginning of school with a hybrid, yellow model, where students attended school two days a week, and worked remotely for three.

“We have worked through our safety protocols, made changes as appropriate, and have begun our plans to transition our students back to school, on-site, four days a week,” she said.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the School Board approved shifting the district to a green model, where all students will return to school four days a week, Monday through Thursday, and have remote learning on Friday.

The shift will take place in three stages; starting Nov. 2, kindergarten through fifth grade will begin the new four days on, one day remote schedule; Dec. 7, sixth through eighth grade students will start the new schedule; and Jan. 11, 2021, ninth through 12th grade students will start.

Pray said students will continue in their normal schedule until their start date for the new pattern.

While this is the current plan, Pray said, if COVID-19 cases increase in the area, or if Waldo County shifts to a yellow or red designation, the plan will be postponed. The administration will communicate with staff and families along the way and hopes to return students to school as soon as they can safely do so.

Because of the increased number of students on buses, routes and pickup/drop-off times are currently being adjusted and may change.

“As soon as we have finalized our routes,” Pray said, "we will communicate with all families regarding bus runs.”

Parents should contact their child’s principal with any questions.

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