Dear SAU 70 School Community,
Thank you for your patience and support as we learn our way through the COVID-19 outbreak. Per state mandate, we will continue to prepare for a period of "remote learning," which is currently scheduled to be implemented from March 23 through April 3. Our teachers will be continuing to prepare lessons and activities through Friday in order to keep students learning and connected to school, despite our closure order. We have been told to expect an extension of the closure period, depending on the spread of the disease and the duration of the outbreak, so we will continue to plan for continuity of instruction as the days and weeks go by.
Please know that we will make every effort to craft meaningful and engaging assignments, but also understand that in our current circumstances, replicating the rigor and richness of the actual classroom experience will not be possible. As I mentioned, our primary aim will be to keep our students learning and connected with school. You will receive more detailed information about our remote learning approach directly from your school toward the end of this week.
This week will be extremely important as we work together as a school community to respond to the COVID-19 threat. Closing schools will only help to control the spread of this virus if we all take appropriate measures to comply with the recommendations of our public health officials. At least during the period of this initial school closure, we should be limiting the potential for disease transmission by avoiding unnecessary contact with other people.
This means that gatherings such as play dates, parties, and other unnecessary social contact should be avoided. Our older children should be advised to practice “social distancing,” which means staying at least six feet from one another, and avoiding gathering in large groups. For this next phase of our community response, we should all stay home as much as possible in order to minimize the opportunity for the virus to spread. Remember to take care of yourself and others by following the guidance provided by the CDC, which I’ve linked below.
Several of you have asked about picking up your students’ personal belongings from your schools. Your principals will make arrangements for you to do so which they will share in subsequent correspondence.
We will get through this by working together, even as we separate ourselves from each other.