March 13, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian and Staff:

We understand that the Novel Coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, is causing much anxiety in our community, country and the world. RSU #74 is working to provide you with the most up to date information on this rapidly evolving situation. Following is a brief overview of the current situation. For more information and FAQ's, we recommend you visit:

RSU #74 is making the following adjustments out of an abundance of caution and in an attempt to protect students, staff, and the community from the possible spread of the COVID 19 virus. These changes increase the possibility that our schools will remain open for the foreseeable future in this quickly evolving pandemic. I realize that you may find some of the adjustments an inconvenience, but what is in the best interest of the majority must be considered. Social distancing is the only effective strategy that is currently available to reduce the impact of the virus. Minimizing use of school facilities by the public and continual cleaning of all School District facilities is essential. Limiting the public's access to schools will provide the time necessary to complete such essential tasks. The fact remains that we want to continue to create an inviting atmosphere however, these new guidelines will be in place effective Monday March 16th through Monday April 17th. We will continue to monitor the quickly evolving situation and make adjustments as necessary.

*All student field trips and excursion out of school facilities are canceled.

*All travel for the school department by employees will be limited and must be approved in advance.

*All community use of School Department facilities is canceled.

*All extra and co-curricular activities are postponed.

*The Maine Principals Association is delaying the start of spring athletics until Monday April 27th

*All booster and PTO activities (including meetings) at schools are canceled.

*Involvement of school volunteers is postponed. Meetings that involve members of the public will be reduced and canceled when possible.

*If it is necessary to hold meetings that involve parents and/or others the meetings must be in a location as close to an exterior door as possible. -Custodians must be notified so the room is thoroughly cleaned after use.

*All school facilities will close every day at 5:00 p.m. and will not be open on weekends.

*"Closed" applies to everyone including all staff except essential personnel. It is imperative that buildings be empty to allow for disinfecting and cleaning. School events that involve only students and staff from that school may be held with prior permission.

*The March 20 PD day will be utilized by teachers and administrators to prepare for the potential of school closing.

The Maine CDC and 211 Maine announced yesterday a new option for Mainers to get answers to questions about the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) at any time. This service is available by dialing 211 (or 1-866-811-5695), texting your ZIP code to 898-211, or emailing I hope the adjustments and information mentioned above is helpful, and thank you for your understanding and support.