MSAD #51 District Newsletter - October 28, 2021

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Notices from the Office of the Superintendent

Superintendent Porter's Blog

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

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!

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.carneysandoe.com/ to help facilitate and consult on equity work over the next year. On October 18, the Board met virtually with Mr. Alexander to ask questions about his beliefs around equity and the scope of work they have developed to guide equity in the district moving forward:

  • 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.

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COVID-19 Cases

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/msad51.org/covid-19-information-center

Current COVID-19 Cases

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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.


November 1 - Regular Meeting

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

Links
Meeting Dates, Agendas & Minutes
Board of Directors 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.

Parent U: Raising Resilient, Caring, Responsible Children

On Thursday, November 18th, 7-9pm Greely PTO's Parent University will host a free Zoom workshop on "Raising Resilient, Caring, Responsible Children" with Marjie Longshore, Ed.M. Learn proven tools and fresh approaches to morning and bedtime routines, chores, and social responsibility. More info and registration is at bit.ly/ParentUNov18
 

Useful Links

Employment Opportunities

MSAD #51 Website

2018-2021 Strategic Plan

District Calendar

GHS Athletics Schedule

 

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Not all items in this email are MSAD #51 sponsored programs. If you need more information, please contact the group or organization that is sponsoring the event.

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