Dear Brunswick, Parents, Staff, and Students,
I hope you have had a wonderful summer thus far. It’s hard to believe, but the first day of school is less than a month away! Students in grades PreK-12 will start school on Monday, August 30. More specific daily schedule details will be provided by each school soon.
School Start and End times are below:
High School 7:40 am - 2:10 pm
Junior High 7:50 am - 2:30 pm
Harriet Beecher Stowe 8:40 am - 3:10 pm
Kate Furbish 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Real School 9:15 am - 2:30 pm
Remote learning options will only be considered for those students with disabilities who have an IEP or 504 plan and who are medically fragile, as per documentation obtained from a provider. (Please note each IEP or 504 Team will determine the ultimate design of these students’ plans, as remote learning remains one of the many available tools necessary to ensure our students can access appropriate educational programs.)
With rapidly changing CDC/Maine DOE guidance, my team is working on preparing revised health and safety protocols to help our students and staff stay safe in school. I expect that as part of the return-to-school plan we will be sharing with the Brunswick School Board at its meeting on Wednesday, August 18, the Board will vote on the formal plan. At which point, I will message further reopening plans to the greater school community.
In the meantime, the School Board is holding a listening session this Wednesday, August 4, at 7:00 pm. Participation is encouraged either in person or via remote access. Meeting information can be found on the district page.
The success we achieved last year was primarily due to the support we received from the greater Brunswick community. The vast majority of our COVID-19 cases at Brunswick Schools originated from contacts outside of the school environments. With everyone’s support and commitment to safety, we can successfully return to five-day instruction this school year.
One of the most effective ways that will help us reopen our schools is by getting vaccinated. If you are eligible to receive a vaccination, I urge you to do so as soon as possible.
Phillip J. Potenziano, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools