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From: Donna F. Brunette, Principal

RE: ReOpening of Schools Meeting July 28, 2020

Date: July 26, 2020

Greetings from MTA.  I hope this letter finds you well.  I know everyone is wondering about the new school year and what the reopening of schools will look like at the end of August. A draft of our plan has come together thanks to the efforts of more than 100 people in our district who have volunteered time to gather information and share thoughts as members of the ReOpening of Schools Workgroup and/or specific subcommittees.  

On Thursday, July 23, 2020, the first draft of the proposal for reopening schools was presented to the M.S.A.D. No. 75 School Board by Superintendent Shawn Chabot and Assistant Superintendent Amanda Hersey with the goal of hearing feedback on the plan.  The plan is posted on the district website: PROPOSED DRAFT MSAD 75 REOPENING OF SCHOOLS PLAN.  The proposal focuses on reopening slowly, implementing Plan B in the draft, with half of our students scheduled on specific days as we come back together face-to-face and  implement new health and safety protocols and practices. 

On Friday, July 24, 2020, Superintendent Chabot sent information out to all parents/guardians that provides information about the planning for the reopening of schools and asking families to review the information and reply to confirm your choice given the two options outlined for returning to school this Fall.  I have attached a copy of Superintendent Chabot’s letter to this email to ensure you received the information. 

On Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 5:30pm, Superintendent Chabot and Assistant Superintendent Hersey will co-host an online meeting for parents/guardians, again, with the goal of sharing the plan and providing opportunity for questions using the online platform Zoom.  After the district-level meeting, principals at each school will host building level meetings to hear questions from our families. The Mt. Ararat High School meeting will be held at 7:30pm that same evening.  The later time has been set to allow families with younger children to attend the middle school or an elementary school meeting scheduled immediately following the district level presentation. Links to each of the Zoom meetings that evening will be available on our school and district websites and here is a link to that page titled “REOPENING PLANNING”. 

As you review the ReOpening of Schools Plan, please note health and safety measures that will be required to bring people back together in our schools. It is clear that masks or face coverings are a major defense against the spread of COVID-19 and everyone entering our district buildings will be required to wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth.  Face shields may be an alternative for those students with medical, behavioral, or other challenges who are unable to wear masks/face coverings. Face shields worn in place of a face covering must extend below the chin and back to the ears.  Some of the other health and safety measures include physical distancing, daily symptom screenings, frequent hand washing, and protocols for cleaning and disinfecting.  It is our goal to be back in our school buildings with children and the health and safety measures are necessary to support our plan to reopen schools.

If you have not yet had the time to review the draft of the ReOpening of Schools Plan, please take some time with this document. And if you would like to plan to attend the district and/or school level sessions on Tuesday, July 28th,  please mark your calendar.  The district level meeting is at 5:30pm and the high school meeting will take place at 7:30pm.  The links to these Zoom meetings will be posted on our district websites and meetings will be recorded so you can access them at your convenience if you are not able to attend the live sessions.  Be well.

Respectfully yours,


Donna F. Brunette, Principal

Mt. Ararat High School 


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