Coronavirus Information

This webpage will serve as a repository for any Coronavirus related communications from the district to the community.

 

For those unable to access the PDF's listed above - the most recent communication (from May 6) is reproduced below:

To: All Oxford Hills Parents and Students

From: Superintendent Colpitts

Date: May 6, 2020

Subject: Update

The Oxford Hills School District will follow the recommendation of Governor Mills and Commissioner Makin to provide remote learning opportunities for the remainder of the school year.  The Oxford Hills School District is planning to provide remote learning through June 12. Our goal is to ensure that all students have access to learning. 

We are saddened by this decision but deem it necessary to abide by Maine Center for Disease Control recommendations during this extended pandemic.  We know that remote learning is not the same as at school learning. We also know the strains remote learning places on many parents and students at a time when resources are limited and that learning is not necessarily equitable. We will continue to reach out and provide resources, instructional opportunities, and engagement through the remainder of the remote learning experience.  

Because of the restrictions of the state of civil emergency, we are not able to celebrate our seniors with a traditional graduation ceremony.  However, we do recognize the importance of holding some form of a community recognition and celebration of the accomplishments of our seniors.  The Board approved a change in the calendar to allow for a drive in graduation on Sunday, June 21, 2020 at the Bridgton Drive In.  More information will be provided through the high school office.  Recognizing this pivotal accomplishment in June is important in helping seniors’ transition to their next challenge of attending college, entering the workforce or the armed forces.  

The middle school administration and staff are also exploring opportunities to recognize eighth grade students who are transitioning to the high school in the fall.  Eighth grade students and parents will be notified of these opportunities as soon as plans are solidified. 

Since our school facilities will remain closed, principals are in the process of arranging for parents and students to pick up personal possessions over the next couple of weeks.  Pick up of belongings need to be arranged in advance in compliance with the Maine CDC guidelines. 

District-sponsored spring sports have been canceled for the season. However, the District may open scheduling of district ball fields to community-based teams for practice as of  June 12.  Only groups who have reserved the fields in the District’s ML Schedule system in advance will be allowed to use the fields.  No spectators will be allowed and teams must follow all Maine CDC and the Governor’s distancing rules. Community groups seeking to reserve ball fields after June 12 may reserve fields on the District’s web page. Only approved groups will be allowed to schedule fields.   

The District will continue to provide breakfast and lunch through June 12.  We are examining opportunities to provide summer meals at select sites within the district after school closes for the Summer.  We will reassess the need and inform families of the locations of any summer feeding sites within the district. We will forward more information about the summer feeding program on June 1. 

This is teacher appreciation week. I hope you will find a way to share your appreciation for their efforts during this week through an email, phone call or short video.  I am sure they would appreciate hearing from you.  

We know there are many more questions than answers at this time.  We will continue to provide regular updates as information becomes available.  We thank our parents and students for their continued efforts to engage in the learning opportunities we are providing.  We know how difficult this has been for everyone and remain hopeful that the future will be brighter.  As our district motto states, “We have dared to accept the challenge”.