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March 28, 2020
Dear Students and Parents,
     I hope this update finds you safe and in good health.  The Covid 19 virus has changed life as we knew it and is providing challenges in every aspect of daily routine.  As we approached the end of classroom instruction, which was a difficult decision, I was guided then and now by two overriding initial goals; to ensure that students and faculty were safe and to provide the time necessary for families to adjust to the new normal.  Meeting those basic needs, including providing food, took place first.  The next phase was to provide educational resources that would allow students and families to re-engage in learning/education when they were ready at a level of commitment that was comfortable for them.  Those resources, which will be updated weekly, are on the school department’s website.
     Many of you have already been contacted through a number of means by your child’s teacher(s) or support person.  If you have not been contacted, faculty and/or staff will be reaching out next week.  It is extremely important that relationships that have been established with your student at school continue.  Teachers, who have been working many hours at home regarding their role as teacher, have set aside office hours from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. daily when you can contact them through email or other means you’ve used before.  That doesn’t mean you cannot reach out to them at other times, but you can be sure they will be available during those office hours.
     There has been much discussion regarding middle school laptops.  Preparing them for distribution will take time, but that preparation initiated yesterday (Friday) and will continue through the weekend.  Information regarding the process for you to pick up middle school laptops will be sent out and posted early next week. 
     You may also be asked several questions when contacted by a member of your school’s faculty or staff to gather information.  It will be helpful as your school and school department gear up to meet your needs in the days ahead.

Stay safe and healthy.

Sincerely,
James Anastasio
Superintendent of Schools


RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS TO MAINTAIN AND EXTEND LEARNING

K-6 RESOURCES 
PREK  FIFTH GRADE 
KINDERGARTEN  SIXTH GRADE
FIRST GRADE  STUDENT SUPPORT
SECOND GRADE  HEALTH AND WELLNESS
THIRD GRADE  FINE ARTS
FOURTH GRADE  

7-12 RESOURCES  
SEVENTH GRADE 
EIGHTH GRADE
   
ART MEDIA CENTER
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS MODERN CLASSICAL LANGUAGE
ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS MUSIC
GIFTED/TALENTED
 
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
GUIDANCE/SOCIAL WORKER/SOCIAL EMOTIONAL
SCIENCE
HEALTH SOCIAL STUDIES
JMG SPECIAL EDUCATION
MATHEMATICS  
 
 


Dear Students and Parents,
I hope this finds you healthy and in good spirits.  We all are experiencing something beyond anything experienced previously.  So much is unknown and many of the supports that we have taken for granted are not there at this time.  Food, water, and yes toilet paper are more difficult to find and are often being dispensed or limited in ways that we couldn’t imagine just a few weeks ago.  Education falls into that same category.  Providing distance learning for a day or two for a snow storm is much easier than building required learning opportunities for all students without the often overlooked support of trained educators to support their learning.  Duplicating that practice without face-to-face interaction would be extremely difficult and in some cases impossible.  It would lead to frustration for many students, parents and teachers.  We are in a departure from what we all take for granted as the usual educational process. 

Feeding into that frustration by providing required school work without the necessary supports in place to help parents and students accomplish new learning doesn’t make sense.  It does make sense to provide resources that will guide you in maintaining and extending learning if that is your desire.  As a life-long educator, I definitely believe that learning should continue.  To support learning, we have posted above an educational resource catalogue that will provide suggested resources divided by grade level for elementary students and by department for Cony.  Resources submitted by teachers and administrators will be posted in this location on the school department’s website.  
Stay safe and healthy,

James N. Anastasio
Superintendent of Schools

 

 

Sunday evening, March 15,2020, Governor Mills declared a civil state of emergency for Maine which extends for 30 days. During the civil emergency, Maine schools cannot provide classroom-based instruction. As a result, the Augusta School Department and all Augusta schools are closed until April 27, 2020 to increase social distancing and decrease the potential impact of Covid-19 on all of you and the greater Augusta Community.

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