Dear Gorham Schools families,
As you know, the plan is to utilize 1:1 devices and the platform of Google Classroom for continued instructional services for students in grades 4-12. On Tuesday, we will send information out to families of students in grades 4-5 regarding how they may pick up these devices safely from our schools. Additionally, GHS and GMS will provide details on how students who may have left their devices at school can pick them up over the course of the next few days. Continued instructional services for students in grades K-3 will be conducted through "packets". More detailed information on how packets will be communicated to families and how online learning will be delivered will come out on Tuesday via my blog.
As you know this has been a rapidly evolving situation. While we have no cases reported in the Gorham Schools yet, there is one presumptively positive case of the virus in our region. After consulting with area medical professionals, my administrative team, the state and other school district officials, I have determined that this closure is the only responsible action to take.
It is possible that this closure will extend beyond the current projected timeline. It is important that all families practice and enforce strict social distancing during this time. If we want to prevent the need to keep our schools closed for an extended period of time, it will be incumbent upon us all to make the sacrifices required to contain the spread of the coronavirus. My blog posts to families will continue to share updated information regularly so please keep up to date with these. Additionally, both the national CDC site and the state of Maine CDC have a wealth of information to assist families in staying up to date and continuing to learn more about the Virus. One article that might be helpful more immediately on social distancing is LINKED HERE.
Heather J. Perry