Most Recent Updates
3-27-20 Update from Commissioner Makin - Waivers, Resources, Essential Staff
3-25-20 Update from Commissioner Makin - Accountability, Certification, Special Services
3-23-20 Update From Commissioner Makin - Laws, Rules, Expectations
3-20-20 Guidance for Governor's Executive Order regarding hourly employees of schools
03-19-20 Commissioner's Update to the Field - Resources, Longevity, Safety, Pay
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- Step By Step Guidance For Remote Food Service Program
- Nutrition: Guidance for providing student meals in the event of school disruption
- COVID-19 Nutrition - School Lunch Webinar (3/13/2020)
- Full Plates Full Potential Emergency Fund
We recognize that not all students in Maine have access to the internet and we are working swiftly to address this. Some companies are offering free internet access options for a limited time to help promote connectivity for remote learning. Nationally, many internet companies have signed the Keep Americans Connected Pledge which allows for flexibility and payment waivers, as well as free access to broadband services for a limited time.
- Charter has offered free Spectrum broadband and WiFi access for 60 days to households with K-12/college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription.
- The FCC has released a handful of partners including all Maine internet providers: AT&T, Comcast, Consolidated Communications, FirstLight, GWI, TDS Telecom, TMobile, TracFone Wireless, US Cellular, Verizon.
- Comcast: Individuals that sign up for Internet Essentials will receive two free months of Internet service. There is no term contract or credit check. Qualifications and additional details are available here: https://apply.internetessentials.com/
- AT&T: Offers the “Access Program” which provides low-cost home internet to qualifying households for $5-10 a month, no deposit or installation fee. AT&T is expanding eligibility based on incomeand to households participating in National School Lunch Program/Head Start. Qualifications and additional details are available here: https://m.att.com/shopmobile/internet/access/
For districts seeking an online platform to provide real-time instruction, several companies have offered their resources for free.
- Zoom is currently providing K-12 schools access to video conferencing for free. There is the option to provide real-time instruction and record lessons and upload them to Google Classroom or Blackboard. Learn more here.
- WebEx is currently providing its video conferencing platforms to K-12 teachers for free. Learn more here.
- RingCentral Office is currently providing its platform for free to K-12 educators for free. Learn more here.
We are communicating with local companies to more specifically identify regions and we will continue to update this information as we learn more. We encourage SAU's that wish to use internet platforms for remote learning to contact their local service providers to learn more about connectivity availability options at this time.
We are committed to supporting universal connectivity in Maine and will continue to update you as more options become available.
Press Release from Senator King (posted 3/16/20) - As Students Face Coronavirus Threat to Health and Educational Efforts, Senators King and Colleagues Push to Ensure Connectivity
Charter Expands Broadband Access (PDF) (3/18/2020)
FCC Release: Keep America Connected (PDF) (3/18/2020)
Remote Learning Resources
- Guidance to Schools For Continuity of Education Plans/Remote School Days/School Day Waivers
- Continuity of Learning Resources
- Remote Learning Resources Primary Grades - Credit: Maine Curriculum Leaders Association
- Remote Learning Resources Upper Elementary Grades - Credit: Maine Curriculum Leaders Association
- A Sample Letter of Encouragement from RSU 63 (3/23/2020)
Special Education Resources
- MDOE Special Services COVID-19 Resource Page
- Office of Special Services COVID-19 Communication (posted 3/18/20)
- Special Education Considerations from CDC (3/13/2020)
Career and Technical Education Resources
FERPA and Virtual Learning Related Resources (3/27/2020)
- COVID meets FERPA: guidance from US DOE (3/25/2020)
- Guidance on the Use of Federal Funds During COVID-19 School Closures (posted 3/18/20)
- Reminders for School Communities Regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus
Health Related Resources
- CDC Stop the Spread of Germs Flyer (English)
- CDC Stop the Spread of Germs Flyer (Translated)
- CDC Facts About COVID-19 Flyer (English)
- CDC Facts About COVID-19 (Translated)
- Asthma & COVID-19
- Being a School Nurse for Remote Learning
Model Letters for Community or Staff
- Blog example to community regarding Coronavirus
- Coronavirus Model Letter for SAUs
- Coronavirus to Staff-Portland
- CoV19 Notice 2020
- Tips for Talking with Children
- Coping with Stress during Infectious Disease Outbreaks
- National Assoc of School Psychologists and NASN
- Has your family experienced a disaster? - Poster for schools, educational facilities for children and adolescents impacted by disasters and public health emergencies
Resources for Parents and Caregivers:
- List of Continuity of Learning Resources for Parents
- Parent and Caretaker guide for helping families cope with COVID 19
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) A Parent Resource - National Assoc of School Psychologists and NASN
- Resources for Anxiety about Coronavirus - Shine, in partnership with Mental Health America
- Please note: U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) has stated it will NOT be making arrests at hospitals and other medical facilities. If you are not feeling well, you can get medical care without fear of immigration enforcement.
- PBS for Parents
- National Association of School Psychologists
- Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019 - CDC
Prevention Measures (Healthy Habits to Help Prevent Event)
- Stay home when sick
- Cover cough/sneeze
- Practice good hand hygiene
- Clean and Disinfect your school
Review your Emergency Operations Plan
Should school emergency planning teams need any assistance with the development of their emergency plans, please contact the Maine School Safety and Security Center at DOESchoolandStudentSupports@maine.gov.
Guidance and things to consider for School Boards
- CDC Information for Travel
- Travel Advisories - Source: Maine CDC
- Travelers from Countries with Widespread Sustained (Ongoing) Transmission
- Decision Making Flow Chart
Planning for a Pandemic Event
Updated Considerations from US CDC For Closing Schools (March 13, 2020)
This page has been developed as a way to provide School Administrative Units (SAUs) in Maine with a one-stop place for resources related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak. The Maine Department of Education is in regular communication with the Maine Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to provide updated information to Maine schools as it becomes available. Subscribe to the Maine DOE Newsroom to receive these updates.
Visit the following web pages that have been developed to provide up-to-date information on COVID-19: