PRIORITY NOTICE: Unified Guidance Regarding Executive Orders and School Personnel: All School Services and Employees are Essential https://us2.campaign-archive.com/?e=&u=a582edd6473e477ef6307c769&id=169f6e9329
Video Message From Commissioner Makin Regarding Pandemic: March 22, 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF562moq1yY&feature=youtu.be
Guidance from CDC for School-Based Operations https://mainedoenews.net/2020/03/19/guidance-from-cdc-for-school-based-operations/
Why Outbreaks like Coronavirus Spread Exponentially and How to "Flatten the Curve" https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/corona-simulator/
Governor Mills, Maine Congressional Delegation Convene Call on COVID-19 https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/news/governor-mills-maine-congressional-delegation-convene-call-covid-19-2020-03-19
Governor Mills Takes Further Steps to Respond to COVID-19, Protect Health and Safety of Maine People https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/news/governor-mills-takes-further-steps-respond-covid-19-protect-health-and-safety-maine-people
Governor Mills, Legislature Spearhead Emergency Legislative Package to Respond to COVID-19 https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/news/governor-mills-legislature-spearhead-emergency-legislative-package-respond-covid-19-2020-03-17
As COVID-19 spreads throughout the country, more schools are canceling classes and shifting their in-person instructional time online. Many teachers are now trying to understand the ins-and-outs of distance learning. The good news is: help is available! Many companies are offering teachers and schools access to their online platforms for free for the duration of their closure. The Center for Safe Schools has put together a list of free online resources. This list can be accessed here: https://schoolchoiceweek.com/37-free-online-resources-for-schools-shifting-online-during-coronavirus/
Coronavirus and school closures - the importance of social distancing. Linked below is an article from Ariadne Labs on the benefits of social distancing. https://5il.co/dtoi
Please click the link below to read the priority notice from Commission Makin regarding the close of schools due to COVID-19. https://www.maine.gov/doe/covid-19/closeofschools
Governor Announces Significant Recommendations & Signs Civil Emergency Proclamation to Respond to COVID-19 in Maine https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/news/governor-announces-significant-recommendations-signs-civil-emergency-proclamation-respond
The most up-to-date information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Schools can be found on the Maine DOE website. Under "Important Links" you can also find a webinar with guidance for schools. https://www.maine.gov/doe/covid-19
Governor Mills convened her Coronavirus Response Team charged with coordinating State government’s response across departments and local agencies and health authorities to the potential spread of novel coronavirus. Click the link below for additional information. https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/news/governor-mills-convenes-coronavirus-response-team-2020-03-02
Click on the following link to view the January/February 2020 issue of the MSBA Update: https://5il.co/dbcc
Please click the link below to read the Priority Notice from the Maine DOE - Reminders for School Communities Regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus https://mainedoenews.net/2020/02/26/priority-notice-reminders-for-school-communities-regarding-the-2019-novel-coronavirus/
Save the Date for the MaineSpark and MSBA Equity in Education Summit on May 18th at Thomas College in Waterville. Registration and event details will be sent at a later date.
President Sue Hawes and I spoke with newly elected MSBA Director Sarah Thompson of the Portland School Board this morning welcoming her to the MSBA Executive Board. A second meeting will be held with new members Natalie Andrews of RSU 17 and Jamie Bohanon of the Baileyville School Board on the 19th of December. Looking forward to their contributions to the work of the Board. The MSBA Board of Directors hold their next meeting on Saturday, January 4th.
Phone and Internet services have been restored to our offices. We apologize for any inconvenience this interruption in communication may have caused.
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Great afternoon at the Board Chair PreConference with 48 board chairs and aspiring chairs. Thanks to presenters Sue Hawes, Maureen King, Terry McCabe and Steve Bailey.
Regional meetings for school board members will be held at Fall Conference on Thursday, Oct. 24th from 1:25-2:25 p.m. Join other members from your region to meet, connect, and share successes/challenges with each other.
This year’s Delegate Assembly is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., Thursday, October 24, the first day of the MSMA Annual Fall Conference, in the Kennebec/Penobscot Room. Since the Delegate Assembly is responsible for proposed Constitution and Bylaws changes and considers resolutions of the Association, your election of a local delegate is strongly encouraged.