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Our school closure period has been extended until Monday, April 27th in response to community transmission of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Cumberland County and throughout the state of Maine.

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March 20, 2020

To The MECDHH/GBSD Schools Community,

Our school closure period has been extended until Monday, April 27th in response to community transmission of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Cumberland County and throughout the state of Maine.~ Governor Janet Mills has signed an executive order declaring a civil state of emergency.~ This order recommends all school districts close, prohibits any gatherings of more than 10 people, closes all dine-in service at restaurants, and takes many other emergency measures to address the spread of COVID-19.~ We all must practice social distancing now, in our collective attempt to “flatten the curve” and prevent our healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed by this pandemic.~

We will be continuing on our virtual learning journey throughout this prolonged school campus closure.~ Iím not sure words can adequately convey the sense of gratitude I feel for our team of teachers, educators, counselors, and staff who inspire us daily with innovative and creative ways to support us through this challenging time.~ Our staff will continue to find new ways to connect with you as we transition to a virtual learning environment. If you are not fully up and running for virtual learning, it is OK, but it is important for us to have regular face-to-face contact with our students so they still have access to someone familiar.  This is new for all of us.~ It will be messy. We will make mistakes.~ We will learn together.~~

Please continue to take care of yourself and your family, share ideas to connect with others while respecting the need to practice social distancing, and understand we are at the beginning of the virtual learning journey.~ We are learning many new lessons on how to do this and are actively sharing what works and what doesnít with each other.  Hang in there and reach out: to any of us- we are all here for you.~~

Finally, as our health professionals continue to remind all of us: wash your hands, wipe down surfaces, practice social distancing, try not to touch your face, cover your mouth with your arm if you are coughing or sneezing, and stay at home if you are sick.~ These habits continue to be the most effective defense and our best chance to slow the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).~


Regards,

Owen J. Logue
Executive Director