COVID-19 Closing Update
March 15, 2020
Dear Noble Community,
After careful consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic that has now reached Maine, I am notifying all families that MSAD 60 schools will be closed for a two-week period, March 16 through 27. All school activities are suspended. Additionally, all outside facility uses will be suspended during this time. While we have no presumed or confirmed cases in our district or close proximity (false Facebook rumor), MSAD 60 will be doing our part to disrupt the potential exponential growth of COVID-19 cases in Southern Maine. I know this decision creates significant hardship for some families, but the alternative would likely be far worse.
All employees will report to their schools/departments at 8:00 AM on Monday, March 16, as previously planned. Staff will work that day to complete long-term preparation for remote and off-site learning as well as to continue cleaning of facilities and transportation. The district's Central Office along with each school's Principal's offices will post hours of operation and will operate with essential staff but will be closed to the public unless otherwise notified.
Beginning Wednesday, March 18, we intend to ensure that students will stay on track toward graduation, and younger students will continue to receive most services and as seamless as possible learning; however, we need your support to make that happen. Please work with your child(ren) to set “schoolwork” hours and work expectations. Individual building principals will be sharing each school’s plan for remote/online learning with students and families.
Also on March 18, we plan on food delivery to anyone who qualifies for free or reduced meals (almost 900 students). We will coordinate delivery with the Transportation Department - a “knock and drop” that will be announced via School Messenger. If you are not receiving School Messenger communications, please contact your child’s school.
There are many pieces to this incredible dilemma that still need to be considered. Please bear with us as we work toward making the best decisions in a most difficult situation. It is possible that this closure will extend beyond the current projected timeline. It is important that all families practice and enforce strict social distancing during this time. If we want to prevent the need to keep our schools closed for a more prolonged period of time, it will be incumbent upon us all to make the sacrifices required to contain the spread of the Coronavirus. School leaders will continue to share updated information regularly, so please watch for these. Additionally, both the national CDC site and the state of Maine CDC have a wealth of information to assist families in staying up to date and continuing to learn more about the virus. One article that might be helpful more immediately on social distancing is LINKED HERE.
Please be safe. We will continue to communicate regularly with our families during this closure. Thank you in advance for your support.
Superintendent of Schools