Given that the pandemic is surging across Maine at this time, and given that the Maine Department of Education and CDC have not adjusted their requirement of 3-6' minimum social distancing in classrooms since school started, the district will need to continue in our Hybrid Model for the foreseeable future.
Additionally, we are not planning to make any substantive changes to the weekly cohort schedule that currently is in place. I recognize that this may not be the news you are hoping for, but in light of balancing the district’s two priorities of health and safety while providing in-person learning to the greatest extent possible, the Hybrid Model continues to be the best option available at this time.
Recently, I have received questions about whether we are considering moving to remote only learning after Thanksgiving for a few weeks due to travel and family gatherings during the holiday season. Unless there is a clear reason for us to move into remote learning, we will remain in our hybrid model. However, I must stress that we are closely monitoring local conditions and if conditions necessitate a change, we will be ready to do so.
With the continuation of the Hybrid Model, we would like families to let us know now if you intend to switch your student(s) learning program. If you want to change your student(s) programming after the December break, click HERE to complete a quick survey. Only families who want to change their student’s plan should complete this survey. Please complete this as soon as possible. The survey will close at the end of the day on Sunday, November 29th.
Programming changes will go into effect on Monday, January 4, 2021. Families that select full distance learning will have to commit to this option until at least the end of March.
Please note that changes in programming will likely affect teacher assignments, class schedule, and homeroom placement.
Thank you to all families for your ongoing support of Brunswick Schools and your patience as we work to make these programming adjustments. If you have any questions regarding schedules, please reach out directly to your student’s school.
Phillip J. Potenziano, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools