Islesboro Central School Head of School Chuck Hamm distributed the following letter April 8:
Dear ICS Community,
State of Maine’s Commissioner of Education, Pendor Makin, with the support of Governor Mills, recommends continuation of remote/distance learning for the rest of the school year. Given the recommendation and taking into account recent events, ICS will continue with remote/distance learning for the remainder of the school year.
In the words of Commissioner Makin, “It is difficult to make such a recommendation, recognizing the profound challenge of reinventing public education and the many culminating events and rites of passage that educators and students anticipate all year long.”
While this recent decision may not come as a surprise to some of us, the reality is a bit jarring. Staff and teachers are working diligently to adjust to this new reality. Let us recognize the magnitude of the challenges ahead for educators, families, and students. We are stronger and wiser together.
A myriad of testing, including the SAT, will not be offered or required this school year. The Maine DOE is working closely with the university system of Maine to assure fair processes involving online courses and undergraduate opportunities. We are preparing for redesigned celebrations, graduation, and alternative ways to provide both continuity and closure to our students and their families.
Meal prep and delivery will continue throughout the school year, including the week of April vacation, for those living on the island. More information will be forthcoming as it develops. In the meantime, continue with social distancing, remain flexible, and take care of yourselves and your loved ones.
Be kind and remain optimistic.