Framework for Reopening Schools and Returning to In-Person Instruction

Framework title updated 8/24/20
Framework content updated 9/30/20
County Risk Levels updated 9/25/20

Framework for Reopening Schools and Returning to In-Person Instruction

Maine’s Framework for Reopening Schools and Returning to In-Person Instruction (title updated 8/24/2020) Instruction will be subject to ongoing development and will evolve as additional information and guidance is provided about the pandemic.

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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. Funding is available through the State’s Coronavirus Relief Funds for SAUs, CTE regional programs, charter schools, and 60/40 town academies serving public school students to support implementation of the required safeguards and to address the extraordinary challenges of safely opening schools in the fall. We have developed Common Expectations for Hybrid and/or Remote Learning.  Each SAU’s Collaborative Planning Team, led by the superintendent, is responsible for the development and annual review of their Emergency Operations Plans. Your Collaborative Planning Team should include school nurses, administrators, educators, and representatives from transportation, food service, local emergency responders, and your local or regional community health experts. This team should work together to determine procedures for the safe reopening of schools in each district. It is important that plans include any applicable executive orders, state laws or local ordinances, required safeguards in Part I of this document, and the common expectations for hybrid and remote instruction.