November 5, 2021

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

On Friday, October 30th, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved emergency use authorization and on Tuesday, November 2nd, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended the Pfizer COVID vaccine for children ages 5-11 allowing as many as 80,000 children in Maine to be fully vaccinated by 2022 (full release linked here). Biddeford, Dayton, and Saco School Departments have partnered with MaineHealth to host FREE COVID vaccine clinics (ages 5-11 only) at various locations throughout our communities.

Within the first six hours of the email release to parents, the first two clinics were FULL and 65% of available time slots across all the clinics were filled. This is wonderful news to keep our students in school as those who are fully vaccinated would not need to quarantine or change their schedule if exposed and asymptomatic. The more individuals who are vaccinated, the fewer quarantines and outbreaks our schools will experience.

If you would like to have your child vaccinated, there are still some openings and all relevant dates and information regarding sign-ups is outlined in the Nursing Newsletter (linked here and provided below). A special thank you to Southern Maine Health Care who held a parent information session via Zoom yesterday to present facts about the COVID vaccine for children ages 5-11 and answer questions by our parents and guardians. If you missed this session, the Maine Community Action Partnership will be hosting an additional forum next week.

  • PEDIATRICIANS SHARE: What Parents Need to Know about the COVID-19 Vaccine for Children
  • Tuesday, November 9th from 6:00-7:15 PM via Zoom
  • Register at mecap.org/events to receive the webinar login information
  • Join Maine pediatricians as they share information about children and the COVID-19 vaccine and give advice on what to consider when making the decision to vaccinate children against COVID-19. There will be time for questions from the audience.

If you have additional questions specific to the COVID vaccine, please follow-up directly with your child’s physician. If you have questions specific to this clinic, please email vaccine@biddefordschools.me.

REMINDER: Please ensure your child comes to school prepared with mittens, hats, and multiple layers to remain warm while on the bus, recess, or other outside adventure. If your child is in need of warm winter gear, please reach out to your child(ren)’s principal and we will do our best to assist thanks to recent grant funding.

Stay Well,

Jeremy Ray

Superintendent of Schools

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Required steps to sign-up are outlined in the Nursing Newsletter linked below.

  • * FULL* - 11/10/21 (First Dose) and 12/1/21 (Second Dose) from 2:00-8:00pm at Biddeford Middle School - Gym

  • * FULL* - 11/12/21 (First Dose) and 12/3/21 (Second Dose) from 2:30-6:00pm at Saco Parks & Recreation

  • 11/17/21 (First Dose) and 12/8/21 (Second Dose) from 2:00-8:00pm at Governor John Fairfield School - Gym

  • 11/18/21 (First Dose) and 12/9/21 (Second Dose) from 2:00-6:00pm at Dayton Consolidated School - Modular Building

  • 11/19/21 (First Dose) and 12/10/21 (Second Dose) from 2:30-6:30pm at John F. Kennedy School - Gym

Quarantine Exceptions Based on Exposure

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Congratulations to the Seacoast Marching Band for earning a Gold Medal at the Maine Band Directors Association Marching Band Finals last Friday, October 29th. Seacoast Marching Band is a marching band cohort between Biddeford and Old Orchard Beach Schools. A combined 38 students between both schools participated in the activity this year. The aftermath of COVID had devastating effects on many music programs around the country so to ensure the viability of our program, we created a cohort between the two school districts. This cohort has allowed an opportunity for those students interested to have a great experience in the marching band this year. We are proud of their accomplishments!

BEF Partnering with Marching Band for Students' Warmth

The Biddeford Education Foundation (BEF) is working with the Marching Band students on a "Rock Your Socks for Toes in Need" fundraiser to help students stay warm this winter! Socks are the #1 most requested, least donated item for those in need, and for every pack sold, a pair of socks will be donated to the Biddeford Education Foundation for distribution to our students in need. In addition, the Biddeford Music Boosters will receive $10 for each pack of fun socks sold.

THIS IS A WIN-WIN and a great holiday gift! Click here or the button below to place your order and help students in need.

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Be Prepared to Thrive!

Biddeford Ready! is a community-wide effort to help the youngest members of the Biddeford community – from birth to age 5 – get the resources they need to be ready to enter kindergarten and prepared to thrive in school and beyond. Like their Facebook page for education tips, creative ideas to engage children in fun activities, and community-wide resources and events. For more information about Biddeford Ready! and the community partners, visit their website.
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