Biddeford Schools

August 7, 2020

Update by Superintendent Jeremy Ray

Dear Parents/Guardians,


On behalf of the Biddeford School Department, I’d like to start by thanking parents, guardians, staff, and community members for taking the time to attend this week’s community forums, school committee meeting, and emailing any questions directly to us. Although there is no ideal, one-size-fits-all solution, it is important to make an informed decision and we appreciate your input via the multiple surveys and interactions. If you haven’t had an opportunity to complete the most recent Remote/Hybrid Commitment Survey yet, please do so as soon as possible to assist us in planning.


Although the State can change the designation from green to yellow to red before the return to school on September 8th, we continue to plan for a Hybrid model of return to school in which families may also opt for remote instruction if they are uncomfortable sending their child(ren) back to in-person instruction. Please be patient as we research options and implement an improved remote instruction plan for those students. If a parent commits to remote instruction, that commitment must be made monthly for elementary students (PreK-5) and quarterly for grades 6-12.


The Biddeford School Committee will make a final decision to move forward with either Hybrid Option 1 or 2 on Tuesday, August 11th at 7 PM. The Zoom link is published below and the agenda will posted shortly on the website. Following the decision, a communication will be sent to families and the administrative team will begin the multitude of tasks specific to that model chosen (i.e. classroom assignments, transportation, school times, etc.). Planning may require additional surveys and emails to parents. In the meantime, I implore you to seek out our official communications tools (District website and Facebook Page) and ask questions if you need clarification. Many of the questions may have already been answered on the Frequently Asked Questions document on our website.


STUDENT RETURN TO SCHOOL GUIDELINES:

I would encourage families and students to become familiar with the guidelines in place for a safe return to school. These guidelines also include the requirements in the Framework for Returning to Classroom Instruction by the Maine DOE and have been endorsed by the School Committees. Parents will be required to adhere to these guidelines in an effort to protect the health of all students, staff, and the larger community. Please review them with your child(ren) before school begins, ask any questions via the avenues below, and have younger children practice wearing a mask for short periods of time through August so they are more prepared when school begins. In addition, we are investigating apps to assist with the required self-assessment screening and will send out more information regarding the process in the coming weeks.


As always, we welcome your feedback and encourage parents and guardians to direct any questions to closurequestions@biddefordschools.me or use our special closure hotline at 207-391-6868.


Stay Well,

Jeremy Ray

Superintendent of Schools

School Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Aug. 11th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Please watch the meeting live on public access or via Zoom by the link below to join the webinar:


https://zoom.us/j/92126259425?pwd=aS9OL215MFVJTEVHUWZZUE9kNDJrQT09

Passcode: 784262


Or Telephone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656