Community Message 12/10/20

The Glenburn School Department’s Administrative Team and Lorrie Springer, School Nurse are remaining in constant contact regarding the rising COVID-19 cases in Penobscot County. As of this writing, we remain steadfast in our belief that school is the safest and most educationally effective environment for our students. We will remain vigilant with all mitigation strategies outlined in our reopening plan as the safety of our students, staff, and community members remains paramount. With rising cases in Penobscot County, it’s possible that the county’s risk level is transitioned to the “Yellow” designation Friday, December 11, 2020. Using data from the CDC, Steering Committee Feedback, compliance with all “Yellow” safety guidelines, and as long as we remain free from local community spread, the Glenburn School will continue to provide in-person instruction five days per week to students who choose that model of instruction. If local and/or in-school community outbreaks become present we are poised to transition to remote learning if needed. We recognize the disruptive nature of closing school for in-person learning and will make every attempt to provide in-person instruction as long as we can.

While we understand and support individual family decisions to choose remote learning during these difficult times, we’re confident that the Glenburn School is a safe place for students and staff. If you plan to adjust the level of instruction for your student please communicate your plans with the teacher and school office. It’s important to make these transitions as infrequently as possible as they can be disruptive and challenging for the students and staff. Last-minute transitions from one instructional level to another regularly will likely lead to frustration for everyone involved. Thank you for trusting us with your children and as always, feel free to reach out to the school or central office with any questions you may have.