State Guidelines

State Guidance on Reopening Schools

Maine’s Framework for Returning to Classroom Instruction will be subject to ongoing development and will evolve as additional information and guidance is provided about the pandemic.

This framework is intended to assist districts in the work of reintegrating back to in-person, classroom instruction. Informed by Maine CDC, international models, and examples from across the US, this framework includes six requirements for protecting health and safety and many additional ideas, recommendations, resources and strategies to support a successful return to in-person instruction.

To see view the Maine Department of Education Coronavirus Update click here, and to view the framework PDF, click here.

Due to relatively low transmission rates of COVID-19 in Southern Maine, the Maine Department of Education (MDOE) and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) have deemed it safe to proceed with in-person learning in the fall.

PPS will delay the start of the new school year until September 14th.

Despite the green designation, PPS has adopted a hybrid (Yellow) learning model to return to school in an effort to err on the side of being more conservative about health and safety concerns A hybrid model limits the time or number of students in person at school depending on grade level, with students and staff following required state health and safety protocols that include mask wearing, physical distancing, and daily symptom checks.

A remote learning option with consistent schedules and learning experiences also will be available for families who opt not to attend in-person school.

If elementary school students and staff successfully adjust to the required health and safety guidelines in the rst month of school, PK–5 will return full-time on October 13th.

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