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Rockland area school staff sends hope to homes

By Stephen Betts | Mar 27, 2020
The RSU 13 Board via Zoom.

Rockland — The staff of the Rockland area school district has created a message for the families of its students.

The video, which is linked here is posted on the Facebook page of both Regional School Unit 13 and the individual schools within the district. A link to the video was also sent to each student via their student emails.

Steffany Tribou, the director of curriculum, assessment, and instruction for RSU 13, said both as a parent and educator she realizes how difficult it is to juggle a job and educating children during the extended school closure due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

"We know it's not easy and wanted to assure families that we are here for them," Tribou said.

She contacted staff March 26 and asked them to send brief video clips. The staff dropped their clips into a Google folder or emailed them to her and she used an iMovie video software to create the four minute and 21 second-long video.

The clips are from teachers, support staff, administrators, custodians, bus drivers and board members either at home or at the schools. Some are from Zoom conferences in which the staff's faces are shown in boxes on the computer screen.

Some of the staff are holding their children or with their dogs and cats.

At the RSU 13 Board meeting via Zoom Thursday evening, Tribou, the administration and the board discussed how staff are reaching their students.

"I am amazed and impressed with the creative way teachers have reached out to students," Superintendent John McDonald said during the meeting.

Some teachers are reading aloud to students online, others are having virtual meetings, she said.

Ash Point Community School Principal Ben Tripp includes birthday wishes to students in his online remarks, the superintendent noted.

The superintendent said he does not know long this extended shutdown will last or whether school will re-open by the planned end of the school year in June.

"Everyone hang in there," he said.

The last day of school was Friday, March 13.

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Comments (5)
Posted by: Debra Damon | Mar 29, 2020 07:16

RSU 13 you all are the greatest. It gives all the a feeling that you truly care about them. Keep up the good work and keep being there for our children!

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Mar 28, 2020 12:49

Proof that teachers love their students and love teaching. How lucky for the community! Hang in there!


Posted by: Valerie Wass | Mar 28, 2020 07:24

This is sooooo AWESOME!!!!


Posted by: Christine H Curtis | Mar 27, 2020 16:39

Good looking bunch,  Hey to Doug, Ryan, Susan and all.

Erv Curtis

Posted by: ananur forma | Mar 27, 2020 16:21

How cool is this!

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