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MSAD #51 District Newsletter - November 19, 2020

posted Nov 19, 2020, 12:57 PM by Fran Prentice   [ updated Nov 19, 2020, 12:57 PM ]

Notices from the Office of the Superintendent

Superintendent Porter's Blog 

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

Out of State Travel Information UPDATE

Families who are choosing to travel outside the state of Maine to non exempt states should keep in mind that they will need to quarantine for 14 days or, in order to forgo the quarantine requirement, they can receive a negative Covid-19 test from a specimen taken no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival in Maine.  As of 11/16/20, the following states are exempt from the need to quarantine due to the similar prevalence of Covid-19 to the state of Maine: New Hampshire and Vermont. (NOTE: The exemption for Connecticut, New York and New Jersey ended Nov. 4, 2020; the exemption for Massachusetts ended on Nov. 16, 2020) It also applies for day trips (e.g., a trip from Maine to Rhode Island for medical appointments or shopping).

For the most up to date information regarding travel requirements: Keep Maine Healthy FAQs

For the most up to date information regarding testing: Get Tested for Covid-19 or Maine Testing Site Locations

Holiday Travel Information from the Maine DOE

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 14 days upon return to Maine, or
  2. quarantine until a receiving a negative test result. The test must be taken either:
  • in the state you are visiting and no more than 72 hours prior to your return to Maine, or
  • once you return to Maine.

Any staff or students who have travelled to restricted states will not be permitted inside the school building until either the negative test result or 14 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 14 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.

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

A non-traditional Thanksgiving can be hard on all of us, and CDC has some suggestions on healthy alternatives and precautions to consider that can be found here. Please stay safe and help us to keep our school community safe and able to provide for the students we serve.

In Case You Missed It

A letter regarding weather related cancellations was recently sent to staff and families by Superintendent Porter.  Click HERE to read that letter, in case you missed it.


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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 7 - 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


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.

SilverGraphics Online Shop Closes Nov. 25th - Upload Art & Order Today!

Items will ship directly to your home in time for the holidays. Order your child's art printed on a wide range of products like face masks, magnets, ceramic mugs, canvas totes, and ornaments. Upload photos, at-home artwork or whatever you choose! Access the shop here: http://www.silvergraphics.com/shop (GMS Access Code: GMSart20) (MIW Access Code: 2020artMIW). Instructions for creating and uploading art are here: https://www.silvergraphics.com/guidelines-for-uploading-art/ Shop closes Nov. 25th. Questions? Contact greelypto51@gmail.com.


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 Lions Club Apple Pie/Local Food Pantry Fundraiser due today


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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