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RSU 29 Pushes Back Start of School Date

Published: Aug. 4, 2020 at 6:57 PM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - As schools in the county get ready to start the 2020-2021 school year, students in RSU 29 will be heading back later than expected.

In a school committee meeting last night, RSU 29 pushed the start date back to September 3, 2020. Three days later than originally scheduled.

This will provide teachers and staff with more preparation time to adhere to the guidelines and protocols put into place. RSU 29 also announced that the school day for students will be shorter. Students will now finish the school day at 1:30 p.m.

School Superintendent, Ellen Halliday, says that this will be beneficial for both students and faculty.

“We wanted to provide time where teachers will have what we call office hours, so that they could get in touch with those students and check in on them and do more planning for either the remote portion or the in-person portion. So, given all of the changes going on this year it felt right to have a bit more time for teachers at the end of the day. So, our students will leave at 1:30 and our teachers will still stay until the end of their regular day.”

Halliday also said that within the next 24 hours, RSU 29 will be sharing additional information with parents and their students. She also stressed the importance of parents re-registering their child for school to answer questions and provide information on topics like travel and desired instruction ahead of the school year.   

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