School Closure Letter to Parents
March 16, 2020
Machias Schools have made the decision to close school until March 27. This presents a challenge to continuing the education of our students. To meet this challenge a strong partnership between school and home must occur.
Today, teachers and staff worked on developing a plan for continued learning. Some teachers will be sending assignments home via the US Postal Service, some using email, and others using distance learning platforms like Google Classroom. Each teacher will contact your student to notify them of their mode of delivery.
A crucial part of communicating with students remotely is technology. Students will need a way to receive their assignments. The school will use the student’s school issued email. I will have a school representative call each parent on Tuesday to make sure you have your student’s user name and password, ask about Internet access, and arrange a time for you to pick up items from the school if necessary.
It will be the student’s responsibility to check for assignments, complete them, and return them to their teacher. Parents should communicate with their students the importance of doing so. Students who do not complete assignments during the closure will be required to make them up when the school reopens.
If your student is having difficulties receiving, completing, or submitting assignments please contact the school immediately. If your student becomes stressed or anxious about school or the health crisis, please call the school for assistance. We have guidance counselors and staff available to talk with students. We want to help your student be successful during this difficult time.
During the closure parents of Machias Schools students may pick up lunches in the RMG lobby between 10:00 and 12:00, Monday through Friday, beginning on March 17. Breakfast for the following morning will be included with each lunch. No need sign up, just show up! Individuals other than staff members will not be allowed past the lobby. Thank you to Machias Schools Food Services crew and additional volunteers for facilitating this valuable service to our community.
Machias Memorial High School is committed to educating our students during this closure. By working together we can make sure our students have a continued and meaningful education.
Please contact me with any questions, concerns, or suggestions. I can be reached at the above email or at 207-263-4999. Contact me anytime.
Mr. Brian Leavitt
Machias Memorial High School