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Updated: RSU 3 schools closed for two weeks

Mar 15, 2020

Unity — All Regional School Unit 3 schools will be closed for the next two weeks, according to Superintendent Charles Brown.

In an email sent Sunday morning to parents of students in the district, he said RSU 3 schools will be closed from Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 27.

All employees, however, are to report to work on Monday for planning. He closed with, "Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time."

In a follow-up email Sunday evening, Brown said teachers are preparing materials to reinforce and retain skills. Students in grades six-12 will be permitted to take home their 1:1 devices to enable them to continue to learn from home, and all students K-5 will also be provided with a packet of learning materials for two weeks in the areas of math, reading and writing, including books, worksheets and games. Information for the pickup of materials will be available Monday.

RSU 3 is also developing plans to provide school meals at remote sites. Families will be able to pick up packaged meals for children 18 and younger. The list of sites will be made available by Tuesday, March 17, on the RSU 3 website (rsu3.org/) and sent out via robo-call.

All activities held at RSU 3 schools are canceled until further notice. If unsure, contact the Central Office at 948-6136.

The Maine Principals' Association has moved the start date of all spring sports until April 27 with all games and athletic events postponed until mid-May. This postponement includes middle school sports.

Updates will be sent by robo-call and robo-email. There is an RSU 3 COVID-19 site on the district webpage that will be continually updated with key information. In addition, announcements will be made on district and school social media sites.

Concerning MEA Testing (grades three-eight) and SAT testing, Brown said, "We will continue to look for guidance from the Maine DOE regarding state assessments.

"Thank you for your patience and the work you will do as we manage this extraordinary and evolving situation," Brown said in his update. "Our community is loving, dedicated to our students, and extremely resourceful. Working together will allow us to meet this challenge and ensure the health and safety of everyone in our community.

"Please know that the volume of emails and calls have increased as COVID-19 has spread, and that we will do our very best to respond to you individually as soon as possible."

 

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