All Augusta Public Schools are closed because of COVID -19 to students, employees, and the community through March 29, reopening on March 30.
INFORMATION REGARDING THE COVID-19 VIRUS AND SCHOOL CLOSURE
This closure is in response to the call by medical professionals to implement practices of social distancing as we all work to minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This closure is not the result of any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our immediate community, though we know the virus is present in Maine. We are taking this proactive approach out of an abundance of caution and in an effort to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 cases in Maine.
Much more information will be forthcoming on this closure, but I wanted to communicate this news to you as soon as possible so you may begin planning for child care and other concerns that will be raised by this decision.
During this closure, we ask that you assist by minimizing group meetings of students and adults. Practicing social distancing and good personal hygiene are the two greatest steps we can take to protect our community from the spread of COVID-19.
We will continue to stay in touch with you throughout these days. We understand this is a time of great uncertainty, and are here to support you and your children while at the same time doing our best to insure healthy practices for all in the community.
Thank you for your continued support of our students and our schools.
FREE BREAKFAST & LUNCH
While schools are closed March 16-27, Augusta School Nutrition will be providing FREE meals to ALL CHILDREN 18 and under.
Starting March 16, on Mondays and Wednesdays between 10 am and 11 am we will be handing out bag meals at each of the following schools and Williams Playground.
Cony High School Parking lot
Farrington Elementary School Parking lot
Lincoln Elementary School Parking lot
Gilbert Elementary School Parking lot
On Mondays, each child will receive 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches(4 meals).
On Wednesdays, each child will receive 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches(6 meals).
For more information, visit www.Augustaschools.org
or call the School Nutrition Office at 620-8086
A letter from James Anastasio regarding the COVID-19 virus.
Congratulations to Principal Heather Gauthier and Lincoln Elementary School staff. The Department of Education has showcased their innovative school vacation project that promotes literacy. Follow this link to enjoy great guest readers.
The following links will take you to surveys which you may fill out regarding our pending policies. To view these policies you may click on the attachment. After you read the policy, we invite you to participate in the survey.
GBGAA-R: Bloodbourne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan Survey
EBAA-E: Written Program for Hazard Communication OSHA Reference 1910.1200 Survey
GDBB: Non-Represented Support Staff Supplementary Plans Survey
ACAD: Hazing Survey
The federal law, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), requires school departments to report chronic-absenteeism rates. This happens when students in grades K-12 are absent for 10% or more of the days enrolled, excused and unexcused.
Chronic-absenteeism impacts students’ educational progress often times limiting school success. The Augusta School Department tackles attendance problems on a daily basis using an array of strategies- some as simple as calling parents and others as complex as offering support services and initiating the truancy process.
During the 2017-2018 school year, the school department’s data indicated that over 18% of our students were considered chronically absent from school. These students were missing more than 17 days of school during one school year.
It is important to create a culture of school attendance and therefore we ask our school community, parents, students and stakeholders to support this effort. When kids aren’t in school, they can’t benefit from the instruction that’s being offered and learning gaps are reinforced. They have a right to be educated, let’s get it done together and build a stronger, smarter community.
Augusta Public Schools
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Learning and teaching are personalized to be meaningful and to promote achievement. Through Personal Learning Plans we challenge every student to develop and achieve. The environment is safe, nurturing and respects the individual. Learning is fun and possible only in a safe place. Safety means a culture of civility and respect in secure, modern facilities.
Augusta School Department