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Comprehensive Update from Superintendent Porter - September 24, 2020

posted Sep 24, 2020, 9:59 AM by Fran Prentice   [ updated Sep 24, 2020, 9:59 AM ]

In lieu of this week's District Newsletter, please click HERE to read a comprehensive letter from Superintendent Porter regarding the following topics:

  • Status of YELLOW (hybrid) zone

  • Upcoming Stakeholder Feedback Sessions

  • Your HELP Is Requested: Placement Changes

  • Remote School Update

  • Communication around Positive COVID cases

  • Primary School Project

  • Equity

  • Coronavirus Relief Funds

 

Lanyard Sale is Underway!

posted Sep 16, 2020, 8:00 AM by Tammy Tarling

Who is afraid of their child’s mask landing on the floor?

So were we.

We’ve got a solution. Safe and effective lanyards!!! These clip onto any mask, safely fall away and best of all, keep that mask OFF the floor!

Click the link to order today! PS- free shipping to your door http://www.foundation51.org/lanyards

09-14-20 School Board Agenda

posted Sep 10, 2020, 12:02 PM by Tammy Tarling

To view the 9/14/20 School Board Agenda, please click HERE.

Interested in Serving as a Crossing Guard?

posted Sep 10, 2020, 5:20 AM by Tammy Tarling

Following a parent's suggestion for volunteer crossing guards to help facilitate traffic flow and student safety during school drop off and pick up at MIW and GMS, PTO is collaborating with the District to find out (as a first step) how many family and community members would be interested in helping the schools out in this way. Crossing guards would receive training and supervision from the Cumberland Police Department. If you're interested, please let us know by filling out this Google Form: https://forms.gle/cg1gUeb6Vt9pR7Xb6. This is not a firm commitment, but will help determine whether there are sufficient numbers to move this idea forward. Thank you!

Kindergarten Coffee Coming Up on 9/15 & 9/17

posted Sep 10, 2020, 5:19 AM by Tammy Tarling

The PTO-sponsored "Kindergarten Coffee" event is an opportunity to meet other families of new Kindergarteners, members of the PTO and school staff to connect and discuss the year ahead. Join us outside at the Cumberland Food Company 8:30-9:30am Tuesday, September 15th (Cohort A) and 8:30-9:30 am Thursday, September 17th (Cohort B). Coffee and muffins provided. We will follow social distancing and face mask guidelines. For more info contact greelypto51@gmail.com.

Welcome Back from Greely PTO

posted Sep 9, 2020, 7:09 AM by Tammy Tarling

Greely PTO is thinking of you-students, parents, families, teachers, staff and administrators-as we look toward the start of this unprecedented school year. To read the full Welcome Back email from Greely PTO, please click here: https://mailchi.mp/791d4853ef9f/oct1st2019-4505008.  If you'd like to receive PTO emails directly, you can subscribe on our website at https://sites.google.com/site/greelypto/welcome-to-greely-pto/subscribe-to-pto-emails.

DESTRUCTION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION & 504 STUDENT RECORDS

posted Sep 9, 2020, 6:38 AM by Tammy Tarling   [ updated Sep 9, 2020, 6:42 AM ]

Notice to all persons who ever attended MSAD #51 Public School and received Special Education or 504 Services and were born prior to June 30, 1993 or to their custodial parents: MSAD #51, Cumberland/North Yarmouth School Department may have educational records in its possession for those students and will destroy such records after December 16, 2020. If you would like to have these records rather than having them destroyed, please contact the Special Education office located at 357 Tuttle Road (P O Box 6A), Cumberland, Maine 04021 or by phone at 829-4835 to make arrangements for obtaining the records. MSAD #51 shall maintain permanently a record of a student’s name, address, phone number, grades, attendance record, classes attended, grade level completed and year completed.

Annual Asbestos Notification 9/8/20

posted Sep 8, 2020, 9:47 AM by Tammy Tarling

Pursuant to the Federal Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) notice is hereby given that the MSAD #51 School Department surveyed it’s buildings for the presence of asbestos containing building materials. An Asbestos Management Plan has been prepared and a copy of the plan is available for inspection at the Superintendent’s office and at each of the schools within the district.
 
Brief Summary and History of Asbestos Activities:
 
1988 District Wide

Asbestos containing building materials and evaluation surveys were conducted in all MSAD #51 facilities in accordance with the requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency Title 40 of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 763, Asbestos – Containing Materials in Schools; Final Rule Notice.

Greely High School:

The asbestos containing materials were abated as part of various projects including the 2005 renovation project. Approximately 98% of known asbestos was removed by the end of 2006.

Greely Middle School:
 
The new Middle School project specifications required no asbestos containing materials be used in the project.
 
Mabel I. Wilson School:
 
Asbestos materials including thermal system insulation and Vinyl Asbestos floor tile were removed prior the renovation. The project specification required that no asbestos materials were to be used in the newly renovated buildings.

Periodic Surveillance:
 
6 month periodic inspections are conducted to monitor asbestos containing building-material conditions. 3 year re-inspections are carried out to re-inspect asbestos materials.

Response Actions:

All asbestos response actions are performed by certified and licensed individuals.

MSAD #51 District Newsletter - September 3, 2020

posted Sep 3, 2020, 2:03 PM by Fran Prentice   [ updated Sep 3, 2020, 2:03 PM ]


Notices from the Office of the Superintendent

Superintendent Porter's Blog

To view Superintendent Porter's most recent Blog Post, click here.

Important Letter from Superintendent

Please click HERE to read a comprehensive letter from Superintendent Porter regarding the start of school next week.

Bus Routes

If your child is on the list to ride the bus, please remember to check the bus routes on our webpage, as some stops and times have changed this year: http://www.msad51.org/home/transportation

Stay Connected

Subscribe to our District's weekly newsletter by clicking here.
Follow us on Twitter @SuperMSAD51
Like us on Facebook at MSAD #51
Find us Instagram @msad_51
YouTube Channel MSAD #51
 

MSAD #51 Board of Directors Information

Meetings start at 7:00 pm in the Greely Center for the Arts at GHS until further notice and unless otherwise noted.


September 14 - Regular Meeting

Remember you can watch our meetings on YouTube LIVE (http://bit.ly/msad51livevideo.

Links
Meeting Dates, Agendas & Minutes
Board of Director's Meeting Videos

 

Community Partners

Our Community Partners are strong supporters of various areas of the school.  Without them, our students would not have many of the wonderful opportunities and experiences that they receive.

Greely PTO invites you to Kindergarten Coffee

Join us outside at the Cumberland Food Company 8:30-9:30am Tuesday, September 15th (Cohort A) and 8:30-9:30 am Thursday, September 17th (Cohort B). Meet other families of new Kindergarteners, members of the PTO and school staff to connect and discuss the year ahead. Coffee and muffins provided. We will follow social distancing and face mask guidelines. For more info contact greelypto51@gmail.com

 

Useful Links

Employment Opportunities

MSAD #51 Website

2018-2021 Strategic Plan

District Calendar

GHS Athletics Schedule

 

If you would like something included in our weekly newsletter, please send a brief write up with title along with a JPEG or PNG image of your flyer (if applicable) to Tammy Tarling for approval. The deadline each week is Sunday. Any requests received after Sunday will be reviewed for possible submission in the following week's newsletter. All approved submissions will be posted on the district's website.

Not all items in this email are MSAD #51 sponsored programs. If you need more information, please contact the group or organization that is sponsoring the event.

Maine School Administrative District #51
357 Tuttle Road, PO Box 6A, Cumberland, ME 04021
info@msad51.org   |    207.829.4800

MSAD #51 District Newsletter - August 28, 2020

posted Aug 28, 2020, 1:05 PM by Fran Prentice   [ updated Aug 28, 2020, 1:05 PM ]

Notices from the Office of the Superintendent

Superintendent Porter's Blog

To view Superintendent Porter's most recent Blog Post, click here.

Face Mask/Face Covering Exemption Guidance

According to the Maine DOE Framework for Returning to Classroom Instruction:

  • Adults, including educators and staff, are required to wear a mask/face covering.

  • Students age five and above are required to wear a mask/face covering that covers their nose and mouth. (Updated 7/31/20) 

  • Masks are recommended for children ages two to four, when developmentally appropriate. (Updated 7/31/20)

  • Masks/face coverings must be worn by all students on the bus.

In limited circumstances, such as when a student has a disability that limits or prevents them from wearing a mask, the school has an obligation to determine, on a case-by-case basis, whether there is an accommodation, including an alternative face covering (face shield), that should be made for the student involved, or if remote learning is a more appropriate option. 

The Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that “cloth face coverings can be safely worn by all children 2 years of age and older, including the vast majority of children with special health conditions, with rare exception.” In the very rare event that a medical disability prevents someone from being able to wear a mask/ cloth face covering, medical documentation of this disability from the student’s healthcare provider (MD, NP, PA, DO) must be submitted to school. The student’s 504 or IEP team will be consulted to discuss accommodations and programming. The student will be provided and encouraged to wear a face shield at school.  Any student wearing only a face shield MUST maintain 6 feet distance from other students. School employees may choose to wear a face shield in addition to a mask/ cloth face covering when interacting with students who are only wearing face shields. 

Students with behavioral challenges who are unable to wear masks/face coverings will also be required to submit medical documentation from the student’s healthcare provider (MD, NP, PA, DO).  The student will be provided and encouraged to wear a face shield at school, though we recognize that this will be a work in progress.  The student’s IEP/504 team will consult with the district’s Board Certified Behavior Analyst to create a behavior goal related to tolerating mask/ shield wearing which will be progress monitored at established intervals.  The student’s IEP/504 team will implement mask desensitization techniques with your student throughout the day.   Any student wearing only a face shield MUST maintain 6 feet distance from other students. School employees may choose to wear a face shield in addition to a mask/cloth face covering when interacting with students who are only wearing face shields. Students who are not able to tolerate either a mask or a shield will not be permitted to ride the bus with other students and will require individual bus rides or transportation from their parents. Time spent in regular education classrooms may be impacted for students who are not able to tolerate either a mask or a shield. 

Please feel free to reach out to your building administrator and school nurse with any questions regarding this information or to submit documentation that reflects an inability to wear masks/cloth face coverings. 

Athletics Update from AD Shapiro

This is some of the best news I could imagine.  We are oh so close to having final confirmation for participating in Fall Sports! By now you have likely read about the process and the deliberations and all the research and thought that  went into the decision to allow us to play.  Please know that the emotional and physical health of all our students and the need to be in school for learning were the drivers of the decisions.  We cannot wait to see our students in the building during the school day and playing after school!  Be well.
 
Here is the link for information on registration for Fall Sports through PowerSchool: https://sites.google.com/a/msad51.org/ghs-athletics/sports-registration

COVID Funds Update

The Board approved uses for the federal Coronavirus Relief Funds that have been allocated to the school district in the amount of $1.448 million.  All of the expenses below have been approved by the Board and the Maine Department of Education and are additional funds to the district beyond the annual state subsidy.
 
Livestreaming has been approved in the amount of $900,000, which includes about $400,000 in necessary network upgrades and purchase of classroom sets to support live streaming at GHS and GMS 6-8.  RFPs have been sent out for this work and we will be moving as quickly as possible to get this new educational tool up and running.  Due to industry backlog and schedules, it could be a period of time before we have this feature in place but we are looking at mobile carts which reduces the timeline.  We will keep you posted on more details as they become available. Outdoor learning will be supported by $100,000 in items which will be planned by the environmental stewardship committee over the next few weeks.  
 
The Board of Directors approved the following:
MIW Nurse Long-Term Substitute30,000
GMS Nurse Increase Hours6,000
COVID Building Modifications150,000
Network Upgrades/Livestreaming @ GHS & GMS 6-8900,000
Additional Facilities Staff (daytime, school year & summer)48,000
Secretary Salary Increase (MIW & GMS)4,744
Cleaning Supplies & Equipment10,000
Outdoor Learning100,000
Long-Term Substitutes200,000
TOTAL$1,448,744

 

Stay Connected

Subscribe to our District's weekly newsletter by clicking here.
Follow us on Twitter @SuperMSAD51
Like us on Facebook at MSAD #51
Find us Instagram @msad_51
YouTube Channel MSAD #51
 

MSAD #51 Board of Directors Information

Meetings start at 7:00 pm in the Greely Center for the Arts at GHS unless otherwise noted.


Thursday, September 3 - Regular Meeting

Remember you can watch our meetings on YouTube LIVE (http://bit.ly/msad51livevideo.

 

Links
Meeting Dates, Agendas & Minutes
Board of Director's Meeting Videos

 

Useful Links

Employment Opportunities

MSAD #51 Website

2018-2021 Strategic Plan

District Calendar

GHS Athletics Schedule

 

If you would like something included in our weekly newsletter, please send a brief write up with title along with a JPEG or PNG image of your flyer (if applicable) to Tammy Tarling for approval. The deadline each week is Sunday. Any requests received after Sunday will be reviewed for possible submission in the following week's newsletter. All approved submissions will be posted on the district's website.

Not all items in this email are MSAD #51 sponsored programs. If you need more information, please contact the group or organization that is sponsoring the event.

Maine School Administrative District #51
357 Tuttle Road, PO Box 6A, Cumberland, ME 04021
info@msad51.org   |    207.829.4800

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