March 23, 2020
Dear Parent or Guardian:
At this time I must inform you that I am extending the closure period for all AOS 77 schools until Monday, April 27, 2020. During this time families will continue to receive meals and homework in the same manner that has been implemented by the individual schools your children attend.
During the week of April 20-24 (April Vacation) there will be no homework sent as we will observe April vacation but meals will still be provided.
Thank you for your continued cooperation and understanding during these challenging days as we continue to work on behalf of students in the safest manner available to us.
Superintendent of Schools
AOS 77 – Sunrise County School System
March 18, 2020
Dear Parent or Guardian:
I regret to inform you that in light of the threat posed by the coronavirus (COVID 19) schools in AOS 77 will be closed at least until April 1, 2020. At that time the decision will be revisited in the light of all information available at that time.
This action was taken in response to Governor Janet Mills’ declaration of a civil emergency on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Additionally, schools have received guidance from the Maine Center for Disease Control and the Maine Department of Education. Information from both agencies can be found on the Maine Department of Education homepage. https://www.maine.gov/doe/covid-19
During this time, each member school of AOS will be issuing its own guidance pertaining to the protocols for the distribution of food to those families in need, dissemination of educational materials to students, the availability of staff and access to the school building. Parents need to refer to the letters received from the principal of their particular school for specific instructions.
While I am sure that our students will be disappointed it is paramount that we keep their safety firmly in focus. Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time.
Superintendent of Schools AOS 77
March 17, 2020
Dear AES Parents/Guardians,
With the official announcement of school closure, I understand this has generated many questions. I will attempt to summarize previously released information and what to expect moving forward at this time.
Continuation of Education: Teachers have been preparing for the possibility of school closure and sent prepared assignments and resources home with the students on Monday (03/16/20). If your child was absent from school Monday, please call the office to make arrangements to receive your child’s assignments. The building was open on Tuesday (03/17/20) for parents to retrieve student materials, belongings, and devices. If you were unable to come to the school on Tuesday 03/17/20, please call the office to make arrangements for another day this week. School devices (iPads and Laptops) are available for students to take home for those who have need. If you cannot come to the school at all, please call the office to make other arrangements.
The goal of remote learning during this closure time will be to review, reinforce, and practice skills that students have been working on. Teachers have provided more detailed information in letters accompanying your child’s assignments, including how to connect with them online on platforms such as Google Classroom and ClassDojo. Teachers and staff will be available through email, ClassDojo, or Google Classroom during regular school hours to answer questions and provide support. Completed work can be dropped off at the school, please call the office to arrange for a time.
Continuation of Breakfast and Lunch: We are offering free cold breakfast and lunch to anyone in Alexander under 18 years of age during our school closure. Meals will be delivered on Monday for Monday and Tuesday. Meals will be delivered on Wednesday for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Deliveries will be between 10:30am-12:00pm.
To enroll call 207-454-2623 and select ext. 3 for the kitchen to sign up. To ensure food service gets your message as soon as possible, please do not leave a message for the office or the principal. Once enrolled, you do not have to contact the school unless you want to discontinue meals. You can enroll at any time during the closure.
During closure of the building, only staff will have access to the building. Minimizing traffic will allow the time needed to increase cleaning and disinfecting.
Continuation of Extra-Curricular Activities: All extra-curricular activities will remain suspended until after April break. At that time, the situation will be re-evaluated.
Access of Information: Moving forward, we will be using the school website (alexanderelementary.org) to consolidate information in one easy-to-access place during school closure. We will also update the website with helpful resources for families.
This is a challenging situation and we appreciate the difficulties faced by our entire community. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions. The teachers and staff at AES are available to support our families.
March 17, 2020
Dear Alexander Families,
We are offering free cold breakfast and lunch to anyone in Alexander under 18 years of age during our school closure. Meals will be delivered on Monday for Monday and Tuesday. Meals will be delivered on Wednesday for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Deliveries will be between 10:30am-12:00pm.
To enroll call 207-454-2623 and select ext. 3 for the kitchen to sign up. To ensure I get your message A.S.A.P., please do not leave a message for the office or the principal. Once enrolled, you do not have to contact me unless you want to discontinue meals. You can enroll at any time during the closure.
Milk is included with all meals
Breakfast: Either Pop Tart, cereal, cereal bar, or granola bar served with either juice, dried fruit, apple sauce, or fresh fruit.
Lunch: Either Pretzel, turkey and cheese sandwich, yogurt and cheese stick or a Smuckers Uncrustable served with dried fruit, apple sauce, or fresh fruit.
Betty J. Wallace
AES Food Service
Governor Announces Significant Recommendations & Signs Civil Emergency Proclamation to Respond to COVID-19 in Maine
March 15, 2020In the wake of several new presumptive positive cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Governor Janet Mills announced several new significant recommendations to respond to COVID-19 and signed a proclamation of civil emergency (PDF) to further protect public health. Governor Mills is recommending:
“With several new presumptive positive cases of coronavirus in Maine, it is important that we prepare and respond – but not panic. The Maine CDC has prepared for this eventuality since last year and we are coordinating across government and with communities statewide to respond to this threat. Proclaiming a state of civil emergency unleashes critical state authorities and allows access to federal funds that will support our response efforts to delay and mitigate the outbreak in Maine. These new recommendations will also further protect Maine people.
“Perhaps it is some odd fate that today we also celebrate Maine’s 200th year as a state. Two hundred years ago, we separated ourselves from Massachusetts and embarked on creating our own destiny as a state. We then, as Maine people, learned to be self-reliant and, at the same time, to rely on each other. Today, we are self-reliant and, at the same time, we rely on each other.
“Time and again, Maine people have risen to the challenges put in front of us. We have conquered them because we are a strong, resilient people – borne of the western foothills; the northern potato fields; the bold, rocky coasts; and the tall, pine forests. We have been lifted up by the courage, conviction and resilience that comes from loving a place and its people. Together, we will get through this.”
The Proclamation to Further Protect Public Health signed by Governor Mills today brings the State of Maine to highest alert and allows Governor Mills to deploy all available state resources to protect the health and safety of Maine people and to take every action she reasonably deems necessary to help respond to and protect against the spread of COVID-19 in Maine. It also eases Maine’s access to critical federal aid to boost response efforts.
Governor Mills also strongly recommended that:
Governor Mills has also directed the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development to examine additional ways that the State can support Maine’s small businesses, including working with the Finance Authority of Maine and other potential lending partners. Her Administration is also working around the clock to prepare emergency legislation and enact a budget that helps response to the issues presented by COVID-19 with the goal on minimizing its impact on Maine people and reducing its spread.
These new steps from the Governor build on the work done by the Mills Administration to prepare for and respond to COVID-19, including:
The best thing that Maine people can do to protect their health is to take the same preventive measures that avoid catching a cold:
Please continue to monitor your emails and text alerts for important information as it becomes available.