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MSAD #51 District Newsletter - December 10, 2020

posted Dec 10, 2020, 1:03 PM by Fran Prentice   [ updated Dec 10, 2020, 1:03 PM ]

Notices from the Office of the Superintendent

Superintendent Porter's Blog 

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

Calendar Reminder

December 21 is a Cohort A in-person learning day (December 22 is Remote Learning)
December 22 is a Cohort B in-person learning day (December 21 is Remote Learning)

December 23 - January 1 = Winter Break, No School for Staff and Students

Revised calendars for the remainder of the school year will be posted after they are approved at the December 14 Board meeting.

Holiday Travel Information

As we see the escalating impact of COVID-19 across our state and the nation, we recognize that friends and families are looking for ways to connect and to maintain normal traditions in an abnormal time. As the holiday season approaches, it is critically important that our school communities continue to do everything we can in order to keep our schools safe, open, and able to provide in-person instruction.

This may mean making the safe and difficult choice to limit holiday gathering and travel, as we know that both have additional risks for exposure and transmission of the virus. The United States Center for Disease Control has issued strong guidance to the American people to limit our interactions and travel this holiday season, so that we can all gather safely in the future. Further details of the CDC’s recommendations can be found, here. 

Based on the recommendations of the community health experts, we strongly encourage our staff and students to celebrate each holiday within your current household only, and to limit any large gatherings.  Any staff or students who travel to any state other than New Hampshire or Vermont (no restrictions for these two states only as of 11/16/20; subject to change), they will be required to either: 

  1. quarantine for 10 days upon return to Maine, or

  2. quarantine until a receiving a negative test result. The test must be taken either:

    1. in the state you are visiting and no more than 72 hours prior to your return to Maine, or

    2. once you return to Maine.

Any staff or students who have traveled to restricted states will not be permitted inside the school building until either the negative test result or 10 days has occurred.
This is not dependent on the length of time spent within the restricted states, meaning that a day visit still requires any person to quarantine for 10 days or until a negative test result is confirmed. All members of the household who travel must test or quarantine if over 12 months old. Testing site information for Maine can be found here. The school requires a copy of the negative COVID test prior to students returning to school.

Any person who is quarantining should stay home, and not have in-person contact with others unless there is an emergency.

A non-traditional holiday season can be hard on all of us. Please stay safe and help us to keep our school community safe and able to provide for the students we serve.

Volunteers Needed

The MSAD #51 Comprehensive Needs Assessment Committee is looking for interested community members to join our work. The committee meets three to four times a year to review the district priorities and assist in the development of the ESEA funding application. Anyone interested should contact Susie Robbins at srobbins@msad51.org or by calling 829-4800.

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MSAD #51 Board of Directors Information

Meetings start at 6:30 pm (approved at the October 19 meeting) in the Greely Center for the Arts at GHS unless otherwise noted.

December 14 - Regular Meeting

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

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

Primary School Building Project Information

For comprehensive information regarding the Primary School Building Project, please visit the project page at https://sites.google.com/a/msad51.org/msad51_district/home/primary-school-building-project

Primary School Building Update

Back in July, we updated the school community on the status of a potential building project that would eventually house the district's youngest students as a result of growing enrollment.  At that time, the following next steps were outlined for the 2020-21 school year:

  1. Actively search for a new property site, in either North Yarmouth or Cumberland, through a public all-call advertisement for a donation and/or purchase of land that meets specifications developed by Oak Point Associates;

  2. Reexamine the existing campus again for the potential of site work that could support a smaller-scale primary school with growth options to the existing footprint of GMS and MIW.  Any project involving the campus would involve considerable studies of congestion, traffic, parking, and installment of an artificial turf field;

  3. Realignment of the initial timeline approved by the Board of Directors in December 2019 to reflect the updates outlined in this letter, including a projected referendum date.

  4. Develop an updated concept design that considers a new site location and review of the scope and size of the new proposed school balancing the short and long-term needs of the district,  along with the economic status that will become more apparent over the next several months.

Earlier this Fall, a rare opportunity came available for the purchase of just under 2.5 acres of land abutting the school campus. This land, at 359 and 361 Tuttle Road, would provide much-needed relief for a congested campus and allow the district to potentially build a small primary school on the current campus without needing to look for land off-site. Purchase of the land is contingent upon a successful referendum in the future, possibly September 2021, in concert with a building project proposal. Notwithstanding any of the options for a building project, acquiring land for the school district is a critical need that has been a priority for some time now. Over the next several months, a concept design and timeline for next steps will be communicated to the public, with opportunities for feedback once these plans have been developed more fully.


Community Notices

Community Notices are not affiliated with MSAD #51.  Please contact the organization directly with any questions.  For a full listing of Community Notices, please click HERE.

Christmas Tree Pick-up and Disposal


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
info@msad51.org   |    207.829.4800