As many of you may already know, Commissioner Makin in partnership with Governor Mills has recommended Maine schools continue with remote learning for our students throughout the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The Calais School Department has decided to take the recommendation and extend remote learning for Calais School Department students through the end of the current school year.
Remote learning will continue through June 5th, which is our last scheduled student day of the 2019-2020 school year. Spring Vacation will remain as scheduled for Saturday, April 18th through Sunday, April 26th. No remote learning course work will be assigned during Spring Break. We continue to recommend that students and parents/guardians establish school work routines, check in daily Monday through Friday to online courses, and pay attention to assignment deadlines. Please remember students are still receiving grades during this remote learning. If a student is facing challenges with course work, please email the teacher directly with questions or email the teacher to schedule a virtual meeting. Our teacher emails are the first initial of first name followed last name (e.g., John Doe would be firstname.lastname@example.org).
Meals will continue to be available for pick up or delivery through June 5th excluding Spring Break. If you have not already signed up for breakfast and/or lunch but would like to start receiving the meals, please contact Calais Elementary School at 454-2000.
With the news of extended remote learning comes many questions from our Senior students and parents/guardians. Seniors, we know this has been a very difficult conclusion to your Senior year, and our hearts have been with you throughout this ordeal, as it has with all of our students. Unfortunately, with the social distancing requirements comes the postponement of commencement activities. To be sure our Seniors are honored appropriately, Calais Administration has decided to tentatively schedule a Super Commencement Weekend for Friday, July 31 through Sunday, August 2, assuming the social distancing requirements have ended at that time. The schedule will be as follows:
Friday, July 31 – Class night @ 7pm
Saturday, August 1 – Prom @ 6pm
Sunday, August 2 – Graduation @ 1pm
The Calais School Department administration, faculty, and staff will remain accessible to our students and parents/guardians from 9am to 1pm Monday through Friday each week excluding Spring Break. We would like to express our extreme gratitude to everyone who has put forth the extra effort in working with our students and ensuring their safety during the Covid-19 pandemic. Our thoughts are with our students, family members, Calais School Department faculty and staff, and all of our community members during this difficult time.
Stay safe and be kind to one another.
Calais School Department Administration, Faculty, and Staff