Scarborough High School

Information and Resource Hub, 2020-21


Welcome to the Scarborough High School Information and Resource Hub for the 2020-21 school year. This site will serve as the hub for information pertaining to the current school year. In the space below, you'll find previous communications from the many departments of SHS and links to other information sources and resources.

Please note that this site will not replace other forms of communication. As we continue to adapt our educational services to meet the needs of the moment, we will continue to keep our families informed through traditional channels, such as email and/or phone. However, we will store these communications, among other documents and updates, on this site.

As always, we sincerely appreciate your flexibility and patience, and we invite your questions and feedback. We wish our families good health and look forward to working without you to support our students this school year.

From the Desk of Ms. Ketch

You will find the latest messages from Principal Ketch below. Earlier messages will be archived below.

The Yellow (Hybrid) Plan: Schedule Information (Red/White, Bell Schedules)

Scarborough High School is closely following the return-to-school framework put forth by Maine Department of Education (DOE). To prepare for the challenges of the 2020-21 school year, the ME DOE asked school districts to develop multiple plans for returning to school: Green, Yellow, and Red. The Green plan outlines plan for a return to school with all students. The Yellow plan details plans for a hybrid model of school. Our Red plan contain specifics on a school's remote learning plan. To ensure compliance with the requirements outlined ME DOE Framework, we are currently operating in our Yellow (hybrid) plan.

Broadly speaking, this plan calls for dividing our student body in cohorts: Cohort A, Cohort B Cohort C, and Cohort D. Students in Cohorts A and B are attending school in-person two days a week and attending school remotely three days a week:

  • Cohort A students are expected in-person on Mondays and Tuesdays and remotely on Wednesday-Friday.
  • Cohort B students are expected to attend remotely Monday-Wednesday and in-person on Thursdays and Fridays.

Cohort C students are attending school remotely Monday-Friday. Cohort D students are those who receive special services and require scheduling accommodations as a result. The graphic below a visual for the Cohort remote and in-person days.

We have made several adjustments to our Red/White day schedule, as well as our bell schedules in the hybrid:

In the Yellow (hybrid) plan, the Red/White schedule remains consistent: Mondays are Red days, Tuesdays are White, Thursdays Red, and Fridays White. Wednesday changes weekly: one week it is Red, the next White, and so forth. This is to ensure our lab courses have the instructional time needed.

The major change to the bell schedule relates to our Academic Enrichment and Support Time (AEAST) block. On Mondays and Fridays, AEAST occurs AFTER Block 2. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, AEAST occurs AFTER Block 1. This is to ensure our students who attend Career and Technical Education programs at our partner schools are able to access AEAST more regularly than in years past.

Health and Safety

To minimize the risks of in-person schooling this year, the Maine DOE developed a six requirements for in-person school, along with many other recommendations. In response, the SHS Building Leadership Team developed health and safety guidelines and protocols for students for the building. These guidelines were sent home on August 21, along with other related back-to-school materials.

We also collaborated with some students and staff to help produce a health and safety Orientation video for students. This video, embedded below, was sent to students and families on September 3. See below for the Maine DOE Framework, the SHS Student Health and Safety Procedures and Expectations, the back-to-school Orientation Video.

SHS Online Directory

School-home relationships will be critical to the success of students this year. Scarborough High School teachers are making use of Google Classroom to store and push out schoolwork and connecting with students through Google Meets.

We have also updated our online directory, which includes both staff emails and web portals. We encourage parents and students to reach out with any questions, and we will respond as quickly as we can.

SHS Athletics and Activities

Using resources and guidelines from the CDC, the Maine Department of Education, and the Maine Principals' Association, among others, the Department of Athletics and Activities has developed plans for sports and co-curricular activities.

The latest details and updates are available through the Department's website.


Attendance continues to be a key component of our work at Scarborough High School. This year, that work is especially important, as it serves as a foundation for key parts of our health and safety plans. With that said, there are several attendance-related items about which parents should be aware:

School Notification: Parents must notify the school if a student is or will be absent regardless of whether the student is expected to be in-person or remote that day.

In-person / Remote Expectations: To be counted as present, students in Cohorts A and B must be in-person on their scheduled in-person days. The only exception is if a student is experiencing symptoms or quarantining, in which case the school should be notified.

Planned Absences: For planned absences (college visits, trips, etc.), students need to complete and submit a Planned Absence Form prior to the absence. The process is as follows:

  1. The parent/guardian must write a letter to the student's Assistant Principal outlining the date(s) and reason for the absence (turned into Admin II). Once the Assistant Principal receives this letter the student will Planned Absence Form. (At this time, Cohort C students should have their parent/guardian email the letter to to initiate the process.)
  2. The student then carries the Planned Absence Form to each teacher and asks for signatures and brief written comments regarding class status and make-up expectations.
  3. After teachers have completed the form, the student must have his/her parent/guardian sign the completed form.
  4. The student then returns the completed form to Admin II, prior to the absence. (The student should make a copy of the teacher information before turn the form in.)
  5. Previously assigned research papers, reports, or projects (not daily homework) that become due during the period of absence must be submitted prior to the planned absence.

It is the responsibility of the student to contact each of his/her teachers to schedule make-up work immediately following the student's return to school.

Work that is missed must be made up within the guidelines of the Scarborough High School Handbook.

Tech Support

For technology assistance with SPS student laptops, please send a message to and someone from Technology will be in touch to assist you.