Beginning Monday, March 23, we will be assisting the school in making sure our kids have lunches. As I posted earlier, the school will have a pick up on Wednesday's at the High School and that will take care of families through Friday. For Monday and Tuesday, we will be serving at our sites as shown on the photo. Due to the need for social distancing, we can't interact like we usually do. It's going to be "Grab and Go". Please follow the instructions from each site coordinator as things may vary from site to site. Keep in mind that we can't go door to door at this time. Get outside and get some sunshine and fresh air. Sunshine and fresh air can make you feel refreshed.
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Linked from: Piscataquis Observer
Eesha Pendharkar, Special to the Piscataquis Observer • March 20, 2020
Schools in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties will remain closed for at least another month, through the normally scheduled week of April vacation.
Instruction will continue remotely until April 17, and in-person classes are tentatively scheduled to resume after April vacation, which is scheduled for April 18-26.
“We will continue to monitor the pandemic and if we are able, we will reopen schools on April 27,” Bangor schools Superintendent Betsy Webb said in an email to parents. “This is our hope, but we must continue to prioritize the health and safety of all.”
Bangor schools had initially closed for two weeks, and were scheduled to return to session on March 30.
Along with schools in Bangor, superintendents in all of Penobscot and Pisquataquis counties have extended closures for the same amount of time.
“The Penquis superintendents reviewed the Governor and Commissioner’s recommendations to cease classroom-based instruction in school buildings for at least the next 30 days,” Webb said. “We believe it is best for all to have a consistency of dates as we continue to monitor this situation.”
In Bangor, the school department will continue to provide bagged lunches and breakfasts that students or parents can pick up at 10 locations across the city during the closure. Meals will also be available through the one-week vacation in April.
Schools will also continue distributing remote learning packets to students during the extended closure. They are figuring out a system to collect the take-home packets at the end of the closure’s first two weeks so teachers can evaluate their students’ work and distribute the next round, Webb said.
Governor Mills Takes Further Steps to Respond to COVID-19, Protect Health and Safety of Maine People
March 18, 2020
Governor prohibits dine-in service at bars and restaurants; bans gatherings more than 10 people & signs emergency legislation to respond to COVID-19
Under authority granted to her in a civil state of emergency, Governor Janet Mills today issued an Executive Order mandating that all restaurants and bars statewide close to dine-in customers effective today, March 18, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. for a period of 14 days until midnight, March 31, 2020. Take-out, delivery, and drive-through options can continue. In her order, the Governor also prohibited all gatherings of more than 10 people until further notice, mandating the latest U.S. CDC’s guidance on gatherings. In addition, Governor Mills strongly urged non-essential public-facing businesses, such as gyms, hair salons, theatres, casinos, shopping malls, to close their doors for the next two weeks to minimize public gatherings. These new actions come as Governor Mills seeks to significantly strengthen social distancing measures in Maine. Social distancing is considered one of the most effective methods to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
“I do not take these steps lightly. Maine’s small businesses and their workers are the backbone of our economy, and I understand that these actions will not only impact them, they will also disrupt the lives of Maine people,” said Governor Janet Mills. “However, COVID-19 continues to spread across Maine and more aggressive action is required to mitigate that spread and to protect the health and welfare of Maine people. My Administration is committed to working with businesses whose operations are affected by COVID-19. I continue to strongly urge all Maine people to take seriously the threat of this virus and to practice social distancing. We all have a responsibility to do our part.”
“We are continuing our work to find ways that we can support both Maine businesses and Maine workers during this challenging time,” said Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Heather Johnson. “DECD, in partnership with other departments in Governor Mills’ Administration, is committed to finding solutions and to partnering with other entities that can offer support to ensure that there are resources available for businesses impacted by the changes in the market as a result of the Coronavirus.”
Governor Mills’ Executive Order:
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