RSU 40 is closed until at least April 27 due to COVID-19. During this time the staff have been taking extra steps to ensure the students have opportunities to learn, and the district has been working to ensure a safe, clean space to return to and work for all the employees.

Teachers are providing optional learning opportunities for students that are both high-tech and low-tech. Superintendent Steve Nolan said on March 24, “Teachers are using several methods of communication including ParentSquare, Google Classroom, Google Meets and YouTube to connect with students and their families.”

“I'm amazed by what our staff has been able to plan, prepare and deliver in the first week of our new reality!” he said.

The online assignments are available on the district website, and are updated regularly. Paper learning packets have also been delivered to the homes of students without internet, and teachers have been making contact with students and families in various ways through this time to check in.

Teachers are able to work at home if they have a plan approved by their administration.

Hourly employees also continue to have work available to them. Nolan said custodial and maintenance staff are working to disinfect the schools. Food service employees are preparing meals, and transportation staff are delivering them to homes.

Nolan said breakfast and lunch is being prepared and delivered to students daily.

“Today, we delivered about 1,400 meals to 400 households,” he said. Families who are not receiving meal deliveries can complete a Food Delivery Form on the district website.

“Other support staff are working on a variety of things,” Nolan said, including professional development.

Special education services are still being delivered. Individual Education Plan meetings are happening through online meeting programs. Nolan said staff are providing support through phone calls and virtual meetings, as well as small, in-person meetings “when necessary.”

Nolan said the district is not sure how prom and graduation will be effected by this closure, or even “what will happen with the remainder of the school year.”

He said the district will continue to work with the Department of Education and the Maine CDC to “monitor what's happening and follow their guidance.”