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MSAD #51 District Newsletter - April 22, 2021

posted Apr 22, 2021, 12:57 PM by Fran Prentice   [ updated Apr 22, 2021, 12:57 PM ]

Getting to GREEN Update

The Getting to GREEN page can be found on the District's website at: https://sites.google.com/msad51.org/covid-19-information-center/getting-to-green

Updates will resume after April Break

Notices from the Office of the Superintendent

Superintendent Porter's Blog

To view Superintendent Porter's most recent Blog Post, click here.

Reminder from Maine DOE to April Vacation Travelers - Test for COVID-19 Upon Return

Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew released an important reminder in the Bangor Daily News recently for Maine students and families traveling during April vacation, and noted that our case numbers, and the number of young people getting sick from COVID-19 is on the rise.  The Maine Department of Education would like to underscore her important message to all members of Maine’s school communities, as we urge everyone to help keep our students and schools safe after April vacation week.

COVID-19 is a well-known world traveler. Variants of concern previously identified from the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa have been detected in Maine. People traveling have been known to cause outbreaks, often unknowingly, once they return home if they’re not yet experiencing symptoms.

This is why testing for COVID-19 remains critical. Getting a test is simple, free and protects you, your family and your community. It identifies people infected by the virus early, often before symptoms appear. And getting a test when you have a fever, headache, chills, fatigue or difficulty breathing allows you to determine if you have allergies, a common cold or if this is the highly contagious and serious virus. If you test positive, you can isolate to limit the number of additional people infected. You can save lives.

For these reasons, Maine currently requires people traveling to states outside of New England to “test or quarantine.” This means that you must quarantine for 10 days upon return to Maine unless you obtain and receive a negative COVID-19 test from a sample taken no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival. Maine strongly urges testing prior to arrival; however, for people who test upon arrival in Maine, it is important that you quarantine while you await your test results.

This is especially important for families traveling during the April vacation. COVID-19 transmission in Maine schools is lower than in the rest of the population, thanks to the health and safety protocols Maine schools have consistently followed since last summer. That said, children are still catching and spreading the virus. And a COVID-19 vaccine has not yet been authorized for children under age 16.

The best type of COVID test is a molecular or “PCR” test. The results may take a little longer, but PCR tests have proven to be highly accurate. Rapid “antigen” tests work well for people with symptoms. Such tests may also be used several days in a row — called “serial” testing — as a screening tool. A number of Maine school districts will be offering rapid tests at the end of next week before school resumes on April 26 and again early that week as a way to screen for COVID-19 as people return from the break.

COVID-19 testing in Maine is free of charge. It is available at locations throughout the state, from health care clinics to pharmacies. Learn where you can get a test by visiting the state’s Keep Maine Healthy website or calling 211.

Being fully vaccinated — meaning two weeks after your final dose — exempts you from the need to get a COVID-19 test or quarantine if you travel. You also don’t need to test if you have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days and recovered. We urge everyone age 16 and older to get vaccinated now. Appointments can be found by visiting VaccinateME.Maine.gov, or calling Maine’s Community Vaccination Line at 888-445-4111.

In addition to testing and vaccination, please continue to take the simple steps that have protected the health and safety of Maine people throughout the pandemic: Wearing a mask, physical distancing, washing hands and staying home if you don’t feel well. These measures remain vital whether you’re at home, out in your community or traveling for a well-deserved vacation during the break from school next week.

PLEASE NOTE: After obtaining the test results please provide them to your school nurse prior to your student’s in person learning day. You can either fax or email these results. 

Here is the contact information for our school nurses:
Christina Givans, MIW: cgivans@msad51.org; fax: 207-829-2254
Nicole Anderson, MIW & District-wide: nanderson@msad51.org; fax: 207-829-2254
Lora Rolfe, GMS 4-5: lrolfe@msad51.org; fax: 207-829-4819
Nancy Terison, GMS 6-8: nterison@msad51.org; fax: 207-829-4819
Erica Sarapas, GHS: esarapas@msad51.org; fax: 207-829-2256

Updated Calendar Information

2020-2021 Update
Last Day of School for Cohort A is Monday, June 14 (full day, no early release)
Last Day of School for Cohort B is Tuesday, June 15 (fully day, no early release)

2021-2022 Update
Grade 9 Orientation is Thursday, August 26 (originally listed incorrectly on District Calendar)

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MSAD #51 Board of Directors Information

Meetings start at 6:30 pm in the Greely Center for the Arts at GHS unless otherwise noted.

April 26 - Regular Meeting: Board Adopts FY 22 Budget

Remember you can watch our meetings on YouTube LIVE (http://bit.ly/msad51livevideo).

Meeting Dates, Agendas & Minutes
Board of Director's Meeting Videos


Budget Information 2021-22

Detailed budget information can be found on the District's website at: http://www.msad51.org/home/school-board/finance-committee/budget-2021-2022

Monday, March 15, 2021

Superintendent presents Recommended Budget to Board

Monday, March 29, 2021

Board Budget Workshop

Monday, April 26, 2021

School Board Adopts FY 22 Budget

Monday, May 10, 2021   

Remote Public Hearing on Proposed Budget
(Virtual Meeting)

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Public Validation Referendum


Primary School Building Project Information

For comprehensive information regarding the Primary School Building Project, please visit the project page at: http://www.msad51.org/home/primary-school-building-project

Upcoming Feedback/Informational Sessions

Save the Date!  Oak Point Associates will provide a review of the proposed Primary School Building Project on May 3.  A link to join the meeting will be provided via an upcoming newsletter.

Due to the Board not having time at their last meeting to get an update from the architects of the new primary school on a concept design, this update has been rescheduled for their next meeting on April 26. As a result, the public information session scheduled for Tuesday, April 13 has been canceled. There is an informational session scheduled for Monday, May 3 at 6:00 pm on the primary school. 

Useful Links

Employment Opportunities

MSAD #51 Website

2018-2021 Strategic Plan

District Calendar

GHS Athletics Schedule


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Maine School Administrative District #51
357 Tuttle Road, PO Box 6A, Cumberland, ME 04021
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