Maine schools consider options for when students resume classes in the fall

When students return to school this fall, they may return to the classroom, or fire up their laptops. Or they may do a combination of both.Schools have started to release more details about their return plans. In Lewiston, Superintendent Todd Finn said his district is preparing for two primary scenarios: Return to campus with enhanced safety and health protocols, or opt into remote learning.”I suspect our district will be in a much stronger position to provide better remote learning in the fall than we were in the spring, but ultimately it’s obvious every parent and every child should have the right to stay away from school in this pandemic if that’s what they feel is in the interest of their health,” said Lewiston School Committee member Kiernan Majerus-Collins.In Portland, Superintendent Xavier Botana has proposed three scenarios: Full reopening, full remote learning, or a combination of both. On Monday, the Portland Catholic Diocese announced it will reopen all of its schools across Maine this fall, to the relief of some parents who are concerned about arranging for child care in the fall.”Long and short of it is the best place for the kids is the schools, with the teachers, with that environment, with that learning structure,” said pAnthony Salvaggio. Both Portland and Lewiston superintendents plan to release more details in August.

When students return to school this fall, they may return to the classroom, or fire up their laptops. Or they may do a combination of both.

Schools have started to release more details about their return plans.

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In Lewiston, Superintendent Todd Finn said his district is preparing for two primary scenarios: Return to campus with enhanced safety and health protocols, or opt into remote learning.

“I suspect our district will be in a much stronger position to provide better remote learning in the fall than we were in the spring, but ultimately it’s obvious every parent and every child should have the right to stay away from school in this pandemic if that’s what they feel is in the interest of their health,” said Lewiston School Committee member Kiernan Majerus-Collins.

In Portland, Superintendent Xavier Botana has proposed three scenarios: Full reopening, full remote learning, or a combination of both.

On Monday, the Portland Catholic Diocese announced it will reopen all of its schools across Maine this fall, to the relief of some parents who are concerned about arranging for child care in the fall.

“Long and short of it is the best place for the kids is the schools, with the teachers, with that environment, with that learning structure,” said pAnthony Salvaggio.

Both Portland and Lewiston superintendents plan to release more details in August.