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MSAD #51 District Newsletter - March 4, 2021

posted Mar 5, 2021, 5:05 AM by Fran Prentice   [ updated Mar 5, 2021, 5:05 AM ]

Notices from the Office of the Superintendent

Superintendent Porter's Blog

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

Contact Tracing Info from Maine DOE

Here is some further information about contact tracing and quarantine in the school setting as there has been a lot of attention and publicity given to the guideline of "within 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes".   Schools have been required to follow the Standard Operating Procedure for Investigating a Covid-19 Case per the Maine DOE.   This is a public document which has been linked on the Maine DOE website since day one of this school year. This document states:
"In general, a close contact is defined as someone with exposure to the confirmed case within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more (cumulatively in one day) regardless if individuals were wearing face coverings. To help protect students in the school and out of an abundance of caution, Maine CDC considers everyone within a classroom to be close contacts.
For one or two confirmed or probable case(s) in a student/staff/teacher who has/have been within a single classroom/pod for the entire day: 
  • All other students/staff/teachers in that classroom/pod are considered close contacts regardless of the setup of the classroom or face covering use. 
  • Art, library, recess, and cafeteria exposures for student/staff/teacher will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 
For one or two confirmed or probable case(s) in a student/staff/teacher who has/have been in multiple classrooms/pods: 
  • All students/staff/teachers of any classroom where the student/staff/teacher attended a class are considered close contacts regardless of the setup of the classroom/pod or face covering use. 
  • Art, library, recess, and cafeteria exposures for the student/staff/teacher will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis."
After school activities:
  • Anyone with more than 15 minutes of cumulative contact will be considered a close contact.
  • Indoor extracurricular activities will have to be assessed independently depending on the nature of the activity, the setup of the activity, and the mitigation strategies in place.
Evaluation of sports-related activities:
  • If a COVID-19 case plays a sport in the “Higher Risk” or “Moderate Risk” category while infectious, the entire sports team is considered a close contact.
    • If, during the period of infectiousness, a COVID-19 positive case plays against another team, the other team will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for close contacts
  • If a COVID-19 case plays a sport in the “Lower Risk” category while infectious, contacts are evaluated on a case-by-case basis for close contacts.
  • Those deemed to be close contacts may not play sports during their period of quarantine.
  • The Maine Principals’ Association guidance for school sports parallels the Community Sports Checklist which includes a table of the Higher, Moderate and Lower Risk category sports and can be found at: https://www.maine.gov/decd/checklists/community-sports

NAMI Presentation

Click the link HERE to watch the NAMI presentation on mental health by Greg Marley (exerpt from the March 1 Board of Directors meeting).

Post-Pandemic Planning Presentation

Click the link HERE to watch the segment from the March 1 Board of Directors meeting where Superintendent Porter and other administrators presented information regarding the district's post-pandemic planning.


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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.

March 15 - Regular Meeting - Superintendent presents recommended FY 2021-22 Budget

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

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


Community Partners

Our Community Partners are strong supporters of various areas of the school.  Without them, our students would not have many of the wonderful opportunities and experiences that they receive.

CLYNK for Schools Challenge$ 2021

The CLYNK for Schools 10th Annual Challenge$ is on and we need your help! During the 2021 recycling Challenge$, February 1 – March 31, Greely PTO will earn an additional $.50 for every $1 raised through bottle and can redemption at CLYNK. Learn more at greelypto.org.

Next Week: Parent University with Dr. Jennifer Harvey

Register now for the online presentation and dialogue: “Raising Anti-Racist White Kids – A Conversation for All of Us” with Dr. Jennifer Harvey, author of the book “Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America.” Co-sponsored by Greely PTO and Foundation 51, this virtual Parent University session will be held Wednesday, March 10th 6-8 pm. Register and find out more at greelypto.org.

Greely PTO is recruiting!

The Greely PTO Board is looking toward the 2021-22 school year and seeking new board members to join our team. Terms start in August and generally last 2 years. Positions include Events, Fundraising, Parent University, Volunteers, Communications, and Treasury. If you’d like to learn more, please email us at greelypto51@gmail.com. We’d love to hear from you!


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.

Cumberland North Yarmouth Little League registration is still open


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
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