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In person for K-5, hybrid model for grades 6 through 12

Rockland area school district issues proposed school re-opening plan

By Stephen Betts | Aug 05, 2020

The Rockland area school district is proposing a re-opening plan that would have kindergarteners through fifth graders attend in person each weekday while students in grades sixth through 12th would attend in person every other day while working remotely on the other days.

That is the plan to be considered by the Regional School Unit 13 Board when it convenes Tuesday evening Aug. 11 at 6:30 via an online meeting.

In-person schooling ended March 13 in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19.

"While we are proud of the work that has taken place, we recognize that there is no perfect answer that will meet the needs of every family, particularly if we have to make shifts in our scenario over time," RSU 13 stated in a notice posted on its Facebook page and website,

"We also recognize that although we feel that providing in-person education for our students helps us best meet our priorities outlined in our introduction, we acknowledge that schedules, routines, and even the layout of classrooms, bus seating, and lunch procedures will look different from the past and that it will take effort on everyone’s part in order to ensure that we adhere to our safety protocols," the statement continues.

The district is also recommending that students and staff who are considered to be at higher risk talk with their healthcare provider for advice on whether to return in person.

"We also acknowledge that it may not be possible for some of our RSU 13 members to return in person, so while it is our goal to have our learning population back to in-person learning as often as possible, we have an additional goal to offer a remote option for all grade levels.  More details on this option will be forthcoming as we continue to establish staffing patterns and assess the level of need from the community.  The Maine Department of Education will be releasing a curriculum known as MOOSE (Maine Online Opportunities for Sustained Education), but they have yet to share an overview at the time of the publication of this draft," the district states.

When staff and students are in school they will be required to wear face coverings.  They will also be required to stay home if they feel any symptoms.

If there is an outbreak of the virus, there will be a switch to remote learning.

Remote education is planned on snow days.

Field trips will not take place until further notice.

The following is the sample schedules for Oceanside Middle School and Oceanside High School. The district serves Rockland, Thomaston, Owls Head, South Thomaston, and Cushing.

Sample OMS Schedule

Sample OHS Schedule

Monday:  Team Blue (Grade 6-8)

Tuesday:  Team White (Grade 6-8)

Wednesday:  Team Blue (Grade 6-8)

Thursday:  Team White (Grade 6-8)

Friday:  Team Blue (Grade 6-8)

Monday:  Team White (Grade 6-8)

Block 1 7:30-8:35

Block 2 8:40-9:45

Block 3 9:50-10:55

Block 4 11:00-12:05

Lunch Pick Up 12:05-12:20

Targeted Learning/Virtual Learning 12:25-2:00

Virtual Check In: 2:05-2:30

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