We are all facing unprecedented challenges as a result of this COVID-19 outbreak. RSU 12 is fortunate to have a strong team that knows the power of teamwork, grit, and compassion - for the wellbeing of our students, our families, and ourselves. These are the traits that will carry us through these uncertain times.
In the interest of safety and consistent with guidance from the Governor and Maine Commissioner of Education, unless conditions change, RSU 12 has closed classrooms for the rest of the year. RSU 12 is implementing a distance learning plan which is described here, RSU 12 Distance Learning Plan. During this time, the administrative team will be reassessing the situation daily based on information from the State government, the Center for Disease Control, and conditions in Maine. Always, foremost in all of our minds is the safety of our students and staff. It is fair to say that we do not know how circumstances may change in the future. We must remain flexible and responsive to changing conditions. We will make every effort to communicate changes as soon as decisions have been made.
Stay up to date with notifications from RSU 12:
- On our website - www.svrsu.org
- On our app - In the App Store or In Google Play Say yes to notifications in settings!
- On Facebook - facebook/RSU12
- Maine Education Commissioner's Recommendation on Feedback and Grading Practices - 4/22/20
- Superintendent COVID-19 Update #5 -4/19/20
- Approved RSU 12 Distance Learning Plan - 4/16/20
- Distance Learning Family Survey - 4/14/20
- Superintendent COVID-19 Update #4 - 4/9/20
- Superintendent COVID-19 Update #3 - 3/22/20
- Superintendent COVID-19 Update #2 - 3/16/20
- Superintendent COVID-19 Update #1 - 3/9/20
- Information about the reasons for Social Distancing during a Pandemic
- Maine Department of Education Commissioner Letter about the closure of schools
Free Meals for Children in the Community:
RSU 12 staff are preparing and delivering meals to children in the district under the age of 18. This includes pre-school aged children and high school students attending schools outside of the district. Meals include 7 breakfasts and 7 lunches each week. Meals are delivered every Tuesday and Friday mornings. You may also pick up meals at an area school. Contact your child's school or the RSU 12 Central Office (207-549-3261) if interested.
Continued Learning Packets and Remote Learning:
RSU 12 is sending home individualized Continued Learning Packets (CLPs) for students every two weeks during the Friday morning bus runs. These packets are important to complete and provide opportunities for maintaining the skills already learned. If preferred, you may pick up your child's learning packet at the school. Contact your child's school for information about the pickup schedule or with any other questions. Our distance learning efforts are guided by our Distance Learning Plan found here, RSU 12 Distance Learning Plan.
As of April 16th, two-week Learning Packets will be delivered every two weeks following this schedule:
If you are looking for additional ideas to support your child's learning during this time, please visit the links below:
Parents were asked to respond to a survey dated April 6, 2020 to inform the RSU 12 approach to support and learning during this time. Results of the survey can be found here.
Special Education Services:
See this letter to parents dated April 9, 2020 regarding Special Education Services. Questions can be directed to your child's case manager, to Delia Dearnley - Director of Special Education, or to Patricia Block - Assistant Director of Special Education.
Feedback and Assessment During Remote Learning:
During this time of remote learning because of the COVID19 pandemic, RSU 12 staff are focused on supporting continuity of learning through feedback, connection, and designing learning experiences that allow students to practice complex reasoning. Grades will not be detrimentally impacted because of the COVID19 crisis. Students will move to their next grade in the fall, and teachers will meet them where they are. For more information, see our Feedback and Assessment document here. Also, see guidance from the Maine Commissioner of Education here.
What is COVID-19?
For some, the respiratory virus causes mild symptoms like the common cold or influenza (flu), for others it can cause severe pneumonia that requires medical care or hospitalization.
The virus is named "SARS-CoV-2" and the disease it causes is named "coronavirus disease 2019" (abbreviated "COVID-19").
What are the Symptoms?
Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Sore throat (in some patients)
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
Most patients experience mild symptoms and can recuperate at home, but others, particularly those with underlying medical conditions, may experience more severe respiratory illness.
How does it spread?
The virus appears to spread in similar ways to influenza (flu) and the common cold. This may include spreading through:
- The air by coughing and sneezing
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes
The virus can spread from person-to-person and in some locations there is apparent community spread, meaning some people are infected and are not sure how or where they became infected.
How can I help to prevent the spread?
There are simple steps you can take to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses such as influenza and the common cold:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Stay home while you're sick and avoid close contact with others
What should I do if I have symptoms?
Call ahead to a health care professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing. Tell your health care professional about any recent travel or contact with other COVID-19 cases. Your healthcare professional will work with Maine CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. More information is available on the U.S. CDC's What You Should Know page.
What is the situation in the U.S.?
For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.
- People in communities where ongoing community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated though still relatively low risk of exposure.
- Health care workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
- Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
- Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure.
Resources and Links:
- Maine Department of Education Newsroom - for updates and information from the Maine Department of Education.
- Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC)
- State of Maine Novel Coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) website - for resources and information specific to coronavirus in Maine.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Resources for Stress and Coping - an excellent resource for families dealing with this challenging time