To stream the October 20, 2021 Board Meeting go to: https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/83501745846
5 days ago, David Walker
The Regional School Unit #34 School Board will hold it regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 6:30pm in the J. A. Leonard Middle School Cafeteria located at 156 Oak Street, Old Town.
11 days ago, David Walker
Job Opening at RSU #34 and Old Town-Orono YMCA “River Runners Cohort Leader” The Old Town-Orono YMCA and RSU #34 seek a Cohort Leader for River Runners. River Runners is a nonprofit mentoring program funded by a long-term grant from the Lerner Foundation that connects young people to caring adults. The Cohort Leader will be a highly self-motivated person, who will work with the Program Director to implement and develop an innovative and effective program that builds youth aspirations utilizing individual and cohort programming, community organizations, school and YMCA resources, and other partnerships. Qualified candidates will have the ability to meet students where they are and provide them with the necessary tools to allow them to pursue interests and achieve goals that without River Runners likely wouldn’t be possible. The Cohort Leader will be an employee of the Old Town-Orono YMCA but will work collaboratively with and be required to report program data to RSU #34 and the YMCA. They also will complete necessary documentation for the Lerner Foundation and other applicable reporting agencies. For a complete job description please see https://goo.gl/Xw4FaK or email info@otoymca.org Internal Candidates: Please apply by email at info@otoymca.org. Please include cover letter, resume and four professional references. Complete applications only; applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. For external candidates: Please apply by email at info@otoymca.org. Please include cover letter, resume and four professional references. Complete applications only; applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received.
11 days ago, Dr. Jon Doty
RR Fort Knox
Much thanks to our local Scout Troop #76! The troop made 15 color-coded vial holders for us. These will be a big help to us as we continue our weekly pooled testing, working to keep kids in school and our school community safe! Parents must provide consent for their children to participate; learn more here: tinyurl.com/yhll3f8t
12 days ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Pool Testing Vial Holders
Helping Maine’s Low and No-Income Families Get the 2021 Advance Child Tax Credit Payments The IRS invites you to attend an Advance Child Tax Credit information session to learn about the Advance Child Tax Credit. Information provided will include: • Eligibility requirements for the Advance Child Tax Credit • Information on the IRS Update Portal, where those eligible can: - Check if they are enrolled to receive advance payments - Unenroll to stop getting advance payments - Provide or update bank account information for monthly payments • Information on the IRS Non-Filer Portal, where those not required to file a tax return can provide their information to determine eligibility and request advance payments. There will also be a question and answer section. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 has brought about many tax changes and benefits. This information session will focus on the Advance Child Tax Credit, which may be available to many families. There are three different sessions to accommodate your schedule, with one presentation in English and two in Spanish. Everyone is welcome to attend. FREE events via Zoom October 7, 2021 (English) 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Join the Zoom meeting by clicking on the link: Join the meeting (Ctrl+Click on link). Or you can join the audio portion only by dialing: 669-254-5252, Meeting ID#:161 794 5976 October 4, 2021 (Spanish) 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Join the Zoom meeting by clicking on this link: Join the meeting (Ctrl+Click on link). Or you can join the audio portion only by dialing: 669-254-5252, Meeting ID#: 161 961 6907 October 12, 2021 (Spanish) 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 .p.m. Join the Zoom meeting by clicking on this link: Join the meeting (Ctrl+Click on link). Or you can join the audio portion only by dialing: 669-254-5252, Meeting ID#: 160 980 4167
20 days ago, David Walker
If you'd like to sign your child up for pooled testing in RSU #34, the info is below! Pooled testing is a great way to keep more of our students out of quarantine and learning in-person. Participating in pooled testing is optional, and parents must give consent. Pooled testing is a once a week, gentle nasal swab that kids do themselves. Participants qualify for one of the four quarantine exceptions in Maine's Standard Operating Procedure for schools. Each school has a different access code and if you have multiple children, you'll need to repeat the quick process for each child. To give consent for a student to participate in optional pooled testing, start here: http://testcenter.concentricbyginkgo.com//minor-consent PLEASE BE SURE TO ENTER THE CODE FOR THE CORRECT SCHOOL. Alton Elementary School: PJDN15 Viola Rand Elementary School (Bradley): H52L8P Old Town Elementary School: Z1A0SE (note: the fourth character is a zero, not a capital o) Leonard Middle School: O9T2Y0 (the letter o at the beginning, zero at the end) Old Town High School: X67ZUZ You’ll answer a few questions and can give your consent online. No paper needed! If you need a paper copy of the consent, or if the student has reached age 18, please contact your child’s school.
24 days ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Pooled Testing Cart
Job Opening at RSU #34 and Old Town-Orono YMCA “River Runners Cohort Leader” The Old Town-Orono YMCA and RSU #34 seek a Cohort Leader for River Runners. River Runners is a nonprofit mentoring program funded by a long-term grant from the Lerner Foundation that connects young people to caring adults. The Cohort Leader will be a highly self-motivated person, who will work with the Program Director to implement and develop an innovative and effective program that builds youth aspirations utilizing individual and cohort programming, community organizations, school and YMCA resources, and other partnerships. Qualified candidates will have the ability to meet students where they are and provide them with the necessary tools to allow them to pursue interests and achieve goals that without River Runners likely wouldn’t be possible. The Cohort Leader will be an employee of the Old Town-Orono YMCA but will work collaboratively with and be required to report program data to RSU #34 and the YMCA. They also will complete necessary documentation for the Lerner Foundation and other applicable reporting agencies. For a complete job description please see https://goo.gl/Xw4FaK or email info@otoymca.org Internal Candidates: Please apply by email at info@otoymca.org. Please include cover letter, resume and four professional references. Complete applications only; applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. For external candidates: Please apply by email at info@otoymca.org. Please include cover letter, resume and four professional references. Complete applications only; applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received.
25 days ago, Dr. Jon Doty
River Runners at Fort Knox
PREP – Penobscot River Educational Partnership presents a parent and educator session on healthy friendships Thursday, October 21st, 6 p.m. Healthy Friendships: Your Questions Answered Dr. Lauren Holleb, Licensed Psychologist, Certified Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Provider, University of Maine at Augusta Assistant Professor of Mental Health and Human Services 55 mins. via Zoom This session will provide an overview of friendship and peer acceptance during childhood and adolescence, discuss its importance to socio-emotional adjustment and well-being, and ways that parent(s)/guardian(s) can identify and help students who may be struggling socially. The session will provide an evidence-based discussion of friendship, aspects of friendship that afford risk and resilience, how friendships differ based on sex and developmental level, and practical ideas for how to handle social challenges. 6-6:55 p.m., Thursday, October 21st Link: https://maine.zoom.us/j/81063264604?pwd=TFlHTkFzb3pvTXE0RXExVTRtNmh6dz09 Password: 156787
28 days ago, David Walker
RSU #34 is in the final stages of developing its funding application under the American Rescue Plan, which is due September 29th. We appreciate all of those who have provided input and feedback via our school board meetings, web survey, and the public input/discussion session we held earlier in September. The final application is being constructed to support the use of funds identified through that input/feedback, making adjustments as needed to fit within grant allowability and the total grant allocation. In some cases some proposals that do not fit with ARP/ESSER are being referred to the local budgeting process for 2022-2023. To provide further feedback, please contact Dr. Doty: Jon.Doty@rsu34.org Priority areas & use of funds: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1aidGd8404fGpdjc2FhbDy1xI2bX2uUfcbrjpz1vLwo/edit#slide=id.gef11ac6be60_0
about 1 month ago, Dr. Jon Doty
***Pooled Testing Update in RSU #34 Schools*** We received some much-needed supplies on Friday, and today we're setting up to greatly expand our pooled testing next week! Pooled testing will be a great way to keep more of our students out of quarantine and learning in-person. Participating in pooled testing is optional, and parents must give consent. Pooled testing is a once a week, gentle nasal swab that kids do themselves. Participants qualify for one of the four quarantine exceptions in Maine's Standard Operating Procedure for schools. If you'd like to sign your child up, or for more information, click here: tinyurl.com/yhll3f8t The week of September 20th we will greatly expand our pooled testing, but know we don't yet have the supplies to test 100% of those who've given consent. We hope supplies keep coming in, especially the rapid follow-up tests that are in short supply everywhere, so we can expand to everyone who's given consent in future weeks. Thanks for your patience - we can't wait to be at full capacity with this either!
about 1 month ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Pooled Testing Cart
Old Town High School Students will be transitioned to Remote Learning for two days, Thursday and Friday September 16-17. The move to Remote Learning is in response to positive Covid cases and a large number of close contacts. If you or your student are identified as a close contact, you will be contacted by OTHS staff.
about 1 month ago, David Walker
Elementary school parents/caregivers, we seek your input! RSU #34 has some dedicated grant funds at the elementary school level, focused on engaging families in education. Please let us know your thoughts here! https://forms.gle/R9KeMuoGSDtEjkhG9
about 1 month ago, Dr. Jon Doty
The Penobscot River Educational Partnership is offering a series of sessions for parents on Thursdays in September. Here's where you can find more info! https://docs.google.com/document/d/16pDbhy8QLFz1epA_xPBP8l02ndP2HYyH/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=110843225618081042967&rtpof=true&sd=true
about 1 month ago, Dr. Jon Doty
To avoid saturating inboxes with notices, RSU #34 is shifting to posting notices of positive / likely positive COVID cases to the website. If you or your child were a close contact of a positive person, you would be directly contacted to be notified and advised of next steps. For general information about symptoms, screening processes, and where any positive cases have been detected, please visit https://www.rsu34.org/page/covid19 As always, we ask families to carefully screen students before getting on the bus or attending school, encourage signing up for optional pooled testing, and encourage everyone eligible to talk with their primary care physician about vaccination! Our students and staff are doing a great job with the transition back to school. We’ve piloted pooled testing this week, and it could not have gone more smoothly. Next week we will expand as far as we are able with our limited testing supplies. We appreciate our community-wide effort to keep kids and staff safe and learning in-person as much as possible!
about 1 month ago, David Walker
Dear RSU #34 Families and Staff, As you have no doubt seen in the local news, there is widespread community transmission of COVID-19. We urge all families to consider this as you make your daily and weekend plans. We know from our own and statewide data that schools are among the safest places for children to be, with layered protections such as enhanced ventilation systems, universal masking, distancing, and hand hygiene. We also encourage all who are eligible to seek another safe and effective protection, vaccination; your primary care provider can answer questions about your personal situation. This notice is to inform you that RSU #34 has identified positive or likely positive cases of COVID-19 at Alton Elementary School, Old Town Elementary School, and Old Town High School. All close contacts have been notified and advised of next steps such as quarantine, symptom checking, and testing. As always, please remember to conduct daily screening, and use our COVID hotline when you learn of a positive or likely case of COVID-19 in our school community. We thank you for your efforts to keep our schools safe and open! For general Covid-19 questions, please dial Maine’s helpline at 211 or 1-866-811-5695. Questions for your school nurse may be directed to by emailing them or by calling your school's phone number. Alton Elementary School: Nurse Vanessa Koch, vanessa.koch@rsu34.org Old Town Elementary School: Nurse CeCe Costello, cece.costello@rsu34.org Old Town High School: Nurse Jana Caron, jana.caron@rsu34.org You can also text your zip code to 898-211 or email info@211maine.org. Please call your healthcare provider with questions about symptoms. More information can be found at www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. Sincerely, David A. Walker Superintendent of Schools General Information follows: Covid-19 is a respiratory illness that may range from mild to severe. Some people may be asymptomatic (no symptoms at all,) but may still test positive. Covid-19 may be more severe in adults 60 years and older and anyone with underlying health conditions. The virus mainly spreads through droplets and aerosols, such as when an infected person coughs or sneezes and an uninfected person breathes in the virus. Signs and symptoms of Covid-19 may include: *Lower-Risk: New headache, myalgias, runny nose/congestion, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea. Any of these beyond typical (e.g., allergies). *Higher-Risk: New, uncontrolled cough. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (not exercise-induced asthma). New loss of taste or smell. Fever (100.4 or higher), chills, rigors. Sore throat. The Maine CDC recommended preventative measures to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. This includes: *Wearing a mask in public and increased hand hygiene measures. *Washing your hands with soap and warm water after using the bathroom, before and after eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. *When soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. *Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid close contact with people who are sick. *Cover your cough or sneeze and disinfect your hands afterwards. *Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaner or wipe.
about 2 months ago, David Walker
Dear RSU #34 Community, We’ve had a great response to our pooled testing sign-ups. Choosing to participate in this optional testing will help us avoid many quarantines throughout the year. If you haven’t yet signed your child up, and wish to, please see the information below. As you’ve likely seen in the news, some COVID testing supplies are hard to get right now. At the moment, this is slowing down our implementation of pooled testing, but we see indications that some shipments could turn around soon. As of right now, we anticipate piloting pooled testing in multiple schools the week of September 13th (obviously only for those who have opted in). We will expand pooled testing from there as rapidly as possible. When supplies are scarce, we will prioritize groups where pooled testing will make the biggest impact in avoiding exposure and quarantine. Thanks for your support and your patience! More information is below. “Life is Better In the Pool” A COVID 19 pooled testing program helps enable RSU 34 to safeguard the health and wellness of students, staff, and the community. In the POOL? Stay in School….Why disrupt your family, work schedule, or student’s education? Get in the pool to stay in school. Why Participate in Pool Testing? It’s a quick and easy way to help keep staff and students safe and maintain in-person learning. Families choose whether or not to participate. Testing is completed in the classroom with the assistance of teachers/staff that are familiar with your student. Early detection and peace of mind for families on a weekly basis. Participants can avoid school quarantine and remain in school even if there is a positive test result within the close contacts of your student at school. What does the testing look like for kids: Less than 15 minutes once a week. Students self swab if they can. If not, assistance from the teacher or support staff they know. Swabbing is only in the “picking zone” or lower nostrils. Results received within 24 to 48 hours. Questions About Pool Testing? Contact our school nurses for further information or to get answers to your questions. AES/LMS Nurse: Vanessa Koch 827-3900 or vanessa.koch@rsu34.org OTES Nurse: CeCe Costello 827-1544 ext. 3605 or cece.costello@rsu34.org OTHS/VRS Nurse: Jana Caron 827-3910 or jana.caron@rsu34.org Each school has a different access code and you will need to sign up your child at other schools separately. To give consent for a student under age 18 to participate in optional pooled testing, start here: http://testcenter.concentricbyginkgo.com//minor-consent You will need to enter an access code for the child’s school. PLEASE BE SURE TO ENTER THE CODE FOR THE CORRECT SCHOOL. Alton Elementary School: PJDN15 Viola Rand Elementary School (Bradley): H52L8P Old Town Elementary School: Z1A0SE (note: the fourth character is a zero, not a capital o) Leonard Middle School: O9T2Y0 (the letter o at the beginning, zero at the end) Old Town High School: X67ZUZ You’ll answer a few questions and can give your consent online. No paper needed! If you need a paper copy of the consent, please contact your child’s school. Trouble-shooting tip - if you’re registering multiple people, and run into any troubles, it may be helpful to use a different browser for the second person. Here’s some helpful information! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1e9rftVQqQaSTFKnaoMV-o8GJaYP6dRDu/view and https://support.concentricbyginkgo.com/hc/en-us/articles/360056971972-How-do-I-provide-consent-for-a-child- All testing information is private and confidential. For students age 18 and up, please contact Nurse Jana at Old Town High School for sign-up instructions.
about 2 months ago, David Walker
Please be very sure to carefully conduct at-home screening every single day before attending school or getting on the bus. We're hearing from schools across Maine about quarantines that could have prevented, and we want to keep our students learning in person five days a week! When in doubt, please err on the side of caution - much better to have one child at home an extra day, then to have a bunch of classmates or teammates have to quarantine for 10 days. Don't hesitate to call your school with questions. Thanks so much for your support, RSU #34 community!
about 2 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
DOE Screening Tool 20210816
Dear RSU #34 Families and Staff, This notice is to inform you that RSU #34 has identified a positive case of COVID-19 at Alton Elementary School. All close contacts have been notified and advised of next steps such as quarantine, symptom checking, and testing. As always, please remember to conduct daily screening, and contact us when you learn of a positive or likely case of COVID-19 in our school community. We thank you for your efforts to keep our schools safe and open! For general Covid-19 questions, please dial Maine’s helpline at 211 or 1-866-811-5695. Questions for the school nurse may be directed to Nurse Vanessa by emailing them at Vanessa.Koch@rsu34.org or by calling 207-394-2331 You can also text your zip code to 898-211 or email info@211maine.org. Please call your healthcare provider with questions about symptoms. More information can be found at www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. Sincerely, David A. Walker Superintendent of Schools General Information follows: Covid-19 is a respiratory illness that may range from mild to severe. Some people may be asymptomatic (no symptoms at all,) but may still test positive. Covid-19 may be more severe in adults 60 years and older and anyone with underlying health conditions. The virus mainly spreads through droplets and aerosols, such as when an infected person coughs or sneezes and an uninfected person breathes in the virus. Signs and symptoms of Covid-19 may include: *Lower-Risk: New headache, myalgias, runny nose/congestion, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea. Any of these beyond typical (e.g., allergies). *Higher-Risk: New, uncontrolled cough. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (not exercise-induced asthma). New loss of taste or smell. Fever (100.4 or higher), chills, rigors. Sore throat. The Maine CDC recommended preventative measures to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. This includes: *Wearing a mask in public and increased hand hygiene measures. *Washing your hands with soap and warm water after using the bathroom, before and after eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. *When soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. *Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid close contact with people who are sick. *Cover your cough or sneeze and disinfect your hands afterwards. *Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaner or wipe.
about 2 months ago, David Walker
RSU #34 is proud to share the back-to-school issue of Community Connections. It can be accessed here: https://5il.co/xu1k Inside, you'll find a statewide award-winning teacher, great student and staff efforts, pictures from our summer programming, bus routes, and more! Thanks to all who contributed to the issue. Paper copies of Community Connections will arrive in mailboxes soon.
2 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Community Connections Cover August 2021
RSU #34 Job Opening School Nursing Team Member (e.g., RN, LPN, CNA, CMA) RSU #34 seeks to add one or more members to its school nursing team for the 2021-2022 school year. The new staff will work cooperatively with our experienced and dedicated team of school nurses to address as a team all school nursing functions, including student medications, student health care, COVID-19 precautions, rapid testing, pool testing, assisting with vaccination clinics, and contact tracing. Pay/benefits commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applicants: Visit the RSU#34 website at https://www.rsu34.org/employment-applications-and-vacancies for a Non-Teaching Application. A complete application packet must include: application, cover letter, resume, MDOE authorization, licensure information, transcripts and three letters of recommendation. Complete applications can be mailed to: RSU #34 Superintendent’s Office Attn: Angela Porter 156 Oak Street Old Town, ME 04468
2 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty