Mills administration releases guidance for schools to reintroduce in-classroom learning

The Mills administration has released its guidance on how Maine schools should safely reintroduce students to the classroom this fall.The “Framework for Returning to Classroom Instruction” includes health and safety precautions that all schools must follow if they decide to bring students to the classroom.Those precautions include the implementation of symptom screening of students and staff before coming to school, physical distancing, wearing face masks, wearing personal protective equipment while in close proximity, and staying home if someone is sick.The plan is supplemented by up to $165 million in coronavirus relief bill funding that will be split among school districts across Maine to reimburse them for costs associated with the extra precautions.The money will be distributed based on a formula the Maine Department of Education has developed with input from superintendents across the state.The plan also includes a new “School Health Advisory System” to help schools decide when and how to bring students back into the classroom. The tiered system categorizes counties based on coronavirus case rates, positivity rates and other types of data.A “red” designation means a county has a high risk of COVID-19 spread and students should not return to the classroom. “Yellow” counties have an elevated risk of COVID-19 and suggests a hybrid model of in-classroom and remote learning. A “green” designation means a county has a relatively low risk of coronavirus spread and opens the door for instruction inside the classroom.Schools may adopt a reopening policy that is different from the state’s advisory system, officials said.Read the plan in its entirety here.

The Mills administration has released its guidance on how Maine schools should safely reintroduce students to the classroom this fall.

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The “Framework for Returning to Classroom Instruction” includes health and safety precautions that all schools must follow if they decide to bring students to the classroom.

Those precautions include the implementation of symptom screening of students and staff before coming to school, physical distancing, wearing face masks, wearing personal protective equipment while in close proximity, and staying home if someone is sick.

The plan is supplemented by up to $165 million in coronavirus relief bill funding that will be split among school districts across Maine to reimburse them for costs associated with the extra precautions.

The money will be distributed based on a formula the Maine Department of Education has developed with input from superintendents across the state.

The plan also includes a new “School Health Advisory System” to help schools decide when and how to bring students back into the classroom. The tiered system categorizes counties based on coronavirus case rates, positivity rates and other types of data.

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A “red” designation means a county has a high risk of COVID-19 spread and students should not return to the classroom. “Yellow” counties have an elevated risk of COVID-19 and suggests a hybrid model of in-classroom and remote learning. A “green” designation means a county has a relatively low risk of coronavirus spread and opens the door for instruction inside the classroom.

Schools may adopt a reopening policy that is different from the state’s advisory system, officials said.

Read the plan in its entirety here.