Notices from the Office of the Superintendent
Superintendent Porter's Blog
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Save the Date!
Pending FDA approval in early November, children ages 5-11 will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. A student vaccine clinic is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, November 17 from 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm. More information, including consent forms, will be coming soon!
Smash the Stigma!
IMPORTANT HEALTH UPDATES
Though this school year has begun to move in the direction of normalcy for our students, there are many COVID procedures that must remain in place, too. These procedures are constantly vetted- and updated- through the Maine CDC, Maine Department of Education, American Academy of Pediatrics, Superintendent’s COVID Advisory Group, and the district’s nursing staff.
The school nurses are simply carrying the message and working hard to ensure that all students and staff are as safe and healthy as possible while in school. They have helped to navigate the pandemic for the last 20 months and have done an exemplary job. So, when you get a call or email that your child is quarantined or a close contact, please know they are simply the messenger and are doing their jobs. I know this is frustrating at times as we try to balance between health and safety and the realities of daily living.
The update that follows continues this evolving balance and effort to loosen areas where we can, while staying tight on those areas that are necessary for protecting an entire school community. As we have seen during the last couple of weeks, remaining vigilant as COVID cases in our district increase is imperative. We need your continued support and understanding as we move deeper into the 2021-22 school year.
MSAD #51 Important Health Updates (click link)
Board Hires Equity Consultant
The MSAD #51 Board of Directors hired Lawrence Alexander of Carney-Sandoe Associates https://www.
- Adopt policy ACA: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Education
- Review and implement a long-term District equity plan along with goals and target dates of accomplishments through recommendations from the Equity LSC and community engagement opportunities.
- Professional development for all Board members, completed by the end of the 21/22 school year.
Mr. Alexander has worked with other area school districts, including Yarmouth, Windham-Raymond, and RSU 21 (Kennebunk) all within the last couple of years in the area of equity. Additionally, he has done work for the Maine Superintendents’ Association and was their keynote speaker at the Winter Convocation in January 2021. He is recognized as an expert on equity practices in school settings.
Below is a snapshot of the current positive COVID-19 cases. For more information, including updated information regarding COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 Information Center at: https://sites.google.com/
Current COVID-19 Cases
MSAD #51 Board of Directors Information
Meetings start at 6:30 pm in the Greely Center for the Arts at GHS unless otherwise noted.
November 1 - Regular Meeting
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.
Parent U: Raising Resilient, Caring, Responsible Children
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