Our River Runners youth mentoring program is excited to share their January newsletter!
3 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
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Dear RSU #34 Families and Staff, This notice is to inform you that RSU #34 has identified an exposure to COVID-19 related to an Old Town High School Extra-curricular activity. All close contacts have been notified and advised of next steps such as quarantine, symptom checking, and testing. If you have not been individually contacted, you do not need to take any additional steps. 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 the school nurse may be directed to Nurse Jana at 827-3910 or 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 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: Fever or chills, new or uncontrollable cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, and nausea/vomiting/diarrhea. 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.
3 months ago, David Walker
Dear RSU #34 Families and Staff, This email/notice is to inform you that RSU #34 has identified a case of exposure to COVID-19 at Old Town High School. All close contacts have been notified and advised of next steps such as quarantine, symptom checking, and testing. If you have not been individually contacted, you do not need to take any additional steps. 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 the school nurse may be directed to Nurse Jana at 827-3910 or 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: Fever or chills, new or uncontrollable cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, and nausea/vomiting/diarrhea. 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.
3 months ago, David Walker
RSU #34 SCHOOLS CLOSED TUESDAY FEBRUARY 2, 2021
3 months ago, David Walker
Tomorrow, February 2, 2021, is shaping up to be a traditional Maine “snow day.” National Weather Service briefings since Friday have forecast snow starting in the Bangor area early Tuesday morning and ending with possible sleet and freezing rain on Wednesday afternoon. Along with the snow and sleet, there is potential for wind gusts making visibility poor at times during the day. It appears travel will be a challenge. Earlier this year we shared the following: The last scheduled day of the school year is Monday, June 14th. We continue to guide families to anticipate a typical number of storm/snow days; with several storm/snow days school would end Friday, June 18th. We will continue to announce storm/snow days through the RSU #34 app and through our website. We know that major storm/snow events often come paired with power outages, internet outages, and other challenges that make a full day of remote learning difficult. When there’s a storm/snow day, we encourage our students to help shovel out a neighbor, build a snowman, play a game, and do other wonderful things. If during the year we begin to accumulate an unusually large number of storm/snow days, we may consider shifting to some remote learning days for moderate storm/snow events. I will wait until the 4pm NWS briefing today but I do not anticipate significant changes to the forecast. Following the 4pm briefing, I will use our usual tools to alert all families of my decision. Those tools include text alerts, alert phone calls, posting on our website www.RSU34.org and news outlets. We recognize the challenges this school year of balancing childcare with work responsibilities have been significant. I hope this early “heads up” is helpful in making plans for your family in anticipation of “No School In RSU34” on Tuesday February 2, 2021.
3 months ago, David Walker
The Maine Broadband Coalition has launched a statewide internet speed test mapping initiative. The goal of the “Get Up To Speed” initiative is to gather data from across the state to generate the most comprehensive map of both the presence and quality of internet in Maine to date. Residents are being asked to help the initiative by taking this less-than-a-minute test to map their own speed through the Maine Broadband Coalition’s website - https://www.mainebroadbandcoalition.org The Maine Broadband Coalition will aggregate, document, and visualize the speed testing information to provide users and state officials with up-to-date service maps. Participants can view their results (while personal information remains confidential) and watch the public map of Maine grow in real time.
3 months ago, RSU #34 Technology
RSU #34 is planning 2021-2022 school year budgets for the programs funded under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (Title IA, IIA, IV-A). To be involved, please email Jon.Doty@rsu34.org This budgeting will be one of the agenda items at the February 1st Board Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Committee meeting. We welcome input; to provide written input or for a video link to that meeting please email Jon.Doty@rsu34.org Thanks for your input!
3 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Our latest issue of Community Connections is off to the printers! Many thanks to the staff and community members who shared pictures and articles. Here's a link: https://5il.co/oswv
4 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
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Dear RSU #34 Community, On Friday Maine updated the COVID-19 School Health Advisory System. Statewide evidence continues to indicate lower transmission of COVID-19 in schools relative to the general population. We greatly appreciate the hard work of our staff, students, and community to follow our screening and safety protocols! Please be sure to continue the habit of daily home screening; the screening questions are on our COVID-19 page at rsu34.org (http://rsu34me.apptegy.us/o/rsu-34/page/covid19--2). Our quarantine requirements are posted at the same page, along with the weblink to our COVID hotline (you can also call 827-7171, option zero). Please don’t hesitate to use the COVID hotline to let us know of positive or suspected cases of COVID-19 in our school community so we can take appropriate steps. If you need general guidance, please call the state of Maine’s help line at 211, or email that helpline: info@211maine.org THANK YOU so much for your tremendous hard work to keep our students, staff, and schools safe! Direct link to screening questions: https://www.maine.gov/doe/sites/maine.gov.doe/files/inline-files/Pre-Screening%20Tool_11.pdf
4 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
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Dear RSU #34 Community, On Friday Maine updated the COVID-19 School Health Advisory System. Statewide evidence continues to indicate lower transmission of COVID-19 in schools relative to the general population. We greatly appreciate the hard work of our staff, students, and community to follow our screening and safety protocols! Please be sure to continue the habit of daily home screening; the screening questions are on our COVID-19 page at rsu34.org (http://rsu34me.apptegy.us/o/rsu-34/page/covid19--2). Our quarantine requirements are posted at the same page, along with the weblink to our COVID hotline (you can also call 827-7171, option zero). Please don’t hesitate to use the COVID hotline to let us know of positive or suspected cases of COVID-19 in our school community so we can take appropriate steps. If you need general guidance, please call the state of Maine’s help line at 211, or email that helpline: info@211maine.org THANK YOU so much for your tremendous hard work to keep our students, staff, and schools safe! Direct link to screening questions: https://www.maine.gov/doe/sites/maine.gov.doe/files/inline-files/Pre-Screening%20Tool_11.pdf
4 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
DOE Screening Tool 20201009
Re: Opt-Out of Maine’s Sara Alert System Good morning, This is a proactive message sent to all RSU #34 families and staff, regarding the ability to opt out of Maine’s Sara Alert system. Please see information below about the purpose of Sara Alert, and what to do if you would like to opt out. -- If you are a staff person or a student identified as a close contact of a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 at school, you will be notified by the school through a phone call or email and provided initial guidance on next steps, including quarantining and testing. Once you have received notification from the school, the Maine CDC’s Sara Alert system will begin sending you follow up guidance via text messages. Sara Alert is an automated system that uses daily text messages to help people who have been identified as close contacts to monitor for symptoms after exposure. All students and staff will be enrolled in Sara Alert if they are identified as having been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive person while at school. There is nothing required of you to be automatically enrolled in this service. If, however, you would like to opt out of Sara Alert, please complete this brief form by January 15: tinyurl.com/y3ayqxsw. If you do opt out of the Sara Alert system, and are later identified as a close contact to a positive case, you may receive follow up phone calls to confirm you have opted to not receive the automated text messages from Maine CDC. Additional assistance is provided to Maine residents who have been identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person, and need support during quarantine. You may request this assistance by using this online form: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/form/covid-19-referral-form Additional information about community care and social support is available here: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus-resources/support-for-isolation-quarantine, or you can send an email to dhhs.covid.socialsupport@Maine.gov On behalf of our RSU #34 team, thank you for your hard work to help keep the spread of COVID-19 slow!
4 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Dear RSU #34 Community, The purpose of this message is to provide an update about where we currently stand with community transmission of COVID-19. At the time of this writing, while we do have students and staff who are not attending school as they have either confirmed exposure, symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19, there is no known school-based transmission of COVID-19 in RSU #34 schools. Although this is concerning, it is not surprising coming back from the holiday break. Community transmission has increased statewide and we are continually assessing our status to keep our students and staff safe and support our families who are afflicted. To this point, in the entire school year, there has been one known incident of school-based exposure, related to an extra-curricular event at Old Town High School during the holiday break. We do not yet have any evidence of actual transmission occurring from this exposure, and are hopeful that the safety protocols in place at that event will have prevented transmission. All of those close contacts who were potentially exposed were immediately notified when this came to our attention, and have been participating in school remotely since we resumed school on Monday. Additionally, we shared community-wide notification of the exposure at www.rsu34.org and on our social media page. If a person in any of our buildings were to test positive, we would immediately reach out to all of the families of students/staff who have been in close contact with that person to notify them. If you do not receive a phone call, you would have no reason to be concerned. We greatly appreciate the efforts of staff, students, and the families of all for working so hard to follow our protocols and keep our schools safe and open. Beyond our schools, as you know, the spread of COVID-19 has been greatly increasing in Penobscot County, in Maine, and beyond. Our school nurses and COVID hotline have been busy this week as we assist with contact tracing for those exposed to COVID-19 outside of school. Much like the now-famous Millinocket wedding on August 7th ultimately led to many cases beyond those who attended the wedding, our contact tracing has identified single incidents attended by members of our school community that have spilled over to result in positive cases for people who were not present at the events. Again, these known transmissions have occurred outside of school, not in our care and not following the safety protocols we have in place at school. RSU #34 schools remain open, and we continue taking great care with daily symptom screening protocols, hand hygiene, social distancing, and mask wearing. Our students and staff are doing a wonderful job following these protocols. Over the course of the summer and fall we implemented many facilities modifications such as Plexiglas barriers and ventilation system upgrades to further reduce the chance of school-based transmission. The data have supported, in Maine and across the world, that with such precautions in place school-based transmission is unlikely. If you have questions regarding exposure times or clearance back into the building due to travel, illness, or exposure call our school nurses for guidance or email them. School nurses can assist you with return dates to school for all Covid-19 related scenarios. We continue to urge all members of our community to follow the recommendations of disease experts in slowing the spread of COVID-19: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus-resources (simple summary: stay home with any COVID symptoms, wear your mask, wash your hands, keep your distance). Thank you for your efforts! General Information: 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. The web hotline can be accessed through www.rsu34.org, or you can call 827-7171 and choose option zero. For general Covid-19 questions, please dial Maine’s helpline at 211 or 1-866-811-5695. 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. 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: Fever or chills, new or uncontrollable cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, and nausea/vomiting/diarrhea. The Maine CDC recommended preventative measures to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. This includes: · Wearing a mask in public. · 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.
4 months ago, David Walker
To learn more about the local, state, and federal assessments done in RSU #34, please don't hesitate to reach out to your school's administrators or to RSU #34's Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Dr. Doty: jon.doty@rsu34.org). We'll be happy to provide all applicable information, including policies, procedures, and what to do if you wish to opt out of an assessment.
4 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Dear RSU #34 Community, Throughout the day today (Monday, Jan. 4th), a number of families have let us know of exposures to COVID-19 that occurred outside of school during the holidays. Some of these are confirmed positive cases through testing, others have not yet been detected by testing but are very likely COVID-19. We greatly appreciate being quickly brought into the loop so we can assist with contact tracing to keep our school community safe. At this time, it appears that all families have appropriately quarantined and there have not been any exposures at school today. As you know, there is currently widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in Maine and the United States, and Penobscot County is being closely monitored due to a high case positivity rate. We urge all of our school community to continue erring on the side of caution, being diligent in our adherence to safety measures and vigilant in our daily screening in order to keep the spread of COVID-19 slow. Please continue acting with a great abundance of caution if you or a family member present with symptoms similar to COVID-19. Our daily screening questions for all who enter our schools are on our COVID-19 page at rsu34.org (http://rsu34me.apptegy.us/o/rsu-34/page/covid19--2). Please be sure to carefully look back and consider ALL close contacts during the school vacation. Our updated quarantine requirements are posted at the same page, along with the weblink to our COVID hotline (you can also call 827-7171, option zero). Please don’t hesitate to use the COVID hotline to let us know of positive or suspected cases of COVID-19 in our school community so we can take appropriate steps. If you need general guidance, please call the state of Maine’s help line at 211, or email that helpline: info@211maine.org THANK YOU so much for your tremendous hard work to keep our students, staff, and schools safe! Direct link to screening questions: https://www.maine.gov/doe/sites/maine.gov.doe/files/inline-files/Pre-Screening%20Tool_11.pdf view image General Information: 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: Fever or chills, new or uncontrollable cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, and nausea/vomiting/diarrhea. 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.
4 months ago, David Walker
Dear RSU #34 Families and Staff, This email is to inform you that RSU #34 has identified a likely positive case of COVID-19 at Old Town High School. All close contacts have been notified and advised of next steps such as quarantine, symptom checking, and testing. School will open as planned for the Monday in-person students on Monday, January 4th. 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 the school nurse may be directed to Nurse Jana by emailing Jana.Caron@rsu34.org or by calling 207-827-3910. 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. 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: Fever or chills, new or uncontrollable cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, and nausea/vomiting/diarrhea. 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.
4 months ago, David Walker
Dear RSU #34 Community, Happy New Year! We hope you had a very festive and safe holiday season. Our schools resume session Monday, January 4th; we look forward to seeing our students! Please be sure to get back in the habit of daily home screening; the screening questions are on our COVID-19 page at rsu34.org (http://rsu34me.apptegy.us/o/rsu-34/page/covid19--2). Please be sure to carefully look back to all close contacts during the school vacation. Our updated quarantine requirements are posted at the same page, along with the weblink to our COVID hotline (you can also call 827-7171, option zero). Please don’t hesitate to use the COVID hotline to let us know of positive or suspected cases of COVID-19 in our school community so we can take appropriate steps. If you need general guidance, please call the state of Maine’s help line at 211, or email that helpline: info@211maine.org You may have noticed in the news that Penobscot County remains “green” in the state’s advisory system for schools, but that Penobscot and Aroostook counties are being closely monitored due to recent high case positivity rates. THANK YOU so much for your tremendous hard work to keep our students, staff, and schools safe! Direct link to screening questions: https://www.maine.gov/doe/sites/maine.gov.doe/files/inline-files/Pre-Screening%20Tool_11.pdf
4 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
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Dear RSU #34 Community, THANK YOU so much for your tremendous hard work to keep our students, staff, and schools safe and open throughout the fall! Our schools resume session Monday, January 4th. Please note that many of our email and voicemail inboxes are NOT monitored during the school holiday. To report a COVID-positive case, or close contact with someone who is COVID-positive, please use our district COVID reporting hotline which IS monitored daily during the school vacation. You can call 827-7171 extension zero, or use the webform on the COVID-19 page at www.rsu34.org Please remember that it’s important to let us know of positive cases, even during the school vacation, so we can be sure anyone in our school community who’s been in close contact can take appropriate steps. If you need general guidance, please call the state of Maine’s help line at 211, or email that helpline: info@211maine.org Thank you, and please have a very happy and safe holiday!
5 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Congratulations to the OTES musicians for a wonderful concert! Old Town Elementary Winter Band Concert 2020: https://video.link/w/UhkBb (14 minutes) Old Town Elementary Sing Along 2020: https://video.link/w/9KlBb (8 minutes)
5 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Our LMS musicians worked hard to put on a heck of a Virtual Holiday Concert - here's the link! https://video.link/w/cnI9b
5 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
LMS Virtual Holiday Concert 2020
TO: All Parents SUBJECT: WINTER WEATHER AND SCHOOL Regional School Unit No. 34 maintains a policy of keeping school in session under all conditions; except when weather and road conditions are hazardous and therefore jeopardizing student safety. In general, when bus schedules are disrupted due to road conditions, schools will not be in session. Regardless of our decision to open or not open schools, we respect the right of parents to make the decision not to send your child(ren) to school when you feel their safety is at risk due to travel conditions. In these cases, the absence will be excused when we receive a note from you stating you chose to keep your child at home for safety reasons. NO-SCHOOL announcements will be made using our Emergency Call system and posted on our website www.rsu34.org. We will also notify area television stations that accept early morning school closing notifications. Under most circumstances children are kept in school for the full day once they have reported to school. Early dismissal of students would occur only when weather conditions would appear to be too hazardous to remain the full day, loss of power for an extended period or when travel conditions are predicted to significantly worsen prior to normal dismissal times. In this case, students would be dismissed early. Parents who are not at home during the day should make early dismissal plans for their child(ren) and make the school aware of these emergency plans. Advance planning for a neighbor, friend or family member to care for your child(ren) if they are dismissed early is critical. We may also delay the start of school if travel conditions so warrant. This too might require advance planning on your part if your child(ren) are not boarding the bus at their usual time and/or the school is not open to accept students until a later time. I STRONGLY URGE all parents to make plans in advance before the winter season. Feel free to call my office (827-7171) or any of the school offices if you have questions or if we can assist you with making plans for your child(ren). The safety and wellbeing of your child(ren) is most important to us. David A. Walker Superintendent of Schools
5 months ago, David Walker
Winter Weather