To: MSAD 15 Community
From: Craig King, Superintendent
Date: August 19, 2021
Re: Three Back-to-School Items
We are very excited to have all students back all day, every day for school-year 2021-22. Clearly, school will not be 100% back to normal; however, we are geared up to have a great year. There are three items that require all our attention as we prepare for the first student day on September 1, 2021.
Health Guidelines As a district-wide framework, the MSAD 15 Health Guidelines 2021-22 will follow the recommendations of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maine Department of Education for health and safety. Since local and state data on infection rates, transmission rates, vaccination rates, County “Risk-Level” are likely to fluctuate considerably over the next several months, we will issue a weekly update on district letterhead to all families and employees through School Messenger and posting on the MSAD 15 website.
The weekly update will provide the expectations and requirements for the week, specifically:
- Masks/Face Coverings
- Physical Distancing
- Pooled Testing
- Other Special Circumstances
The MSAD 15 Health Guidelines 2021-22. The first weekly update will go out August 20, 2021.
Transportation Unfortunately, we continue to have difficulty filling all of our transportation vacancies. We have spent the summer advertising, recruiting and reaching out to contacts throughout southern Maine. If we are unable to fill most or all of these vacancies, we will still provide bus services to all families who need it; however, there will be some negative impacts, including:
- Buses will be very full
- Bus ride times will reach a maximum of 75-minutes
- Double runs may be necessary
- Some students may miss some instructional time
- Buses will be full
- Bus rides will be longer, but not reach as high as 75-minutes
We have the following open positions for those who may be interested:
- Bus Drivers (4 needed)
- Substitute Bus Drivers
- Van and Bus Aides
- Bus Mechanic
School Nutrition Program The US Department of Agriculture has announced that school meals will once again be free for all students 18 years of age and younger. Breakfast and lunch menus are updated and can be viewed on the nutrition website: https://msad15.org/lunch-menu/ We encourage all students to take advantage of this program.
Building principals and building level staff will be reaching out to families regarding the Meal Benefit Application and Free and Reduced Lunch Application. Although meals will be free this year, we are still obliged to comply with these application requirements every school year. The information from these applications is used to help the school district obtain state and federal grants for a wide variety of student programming. The closer we get to 100% parent completion of these forms, the better chance we have of obtaining these grants.
MSAD 15 Nutrition Supervisor Wendy Ordway can help families with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-657-9331