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Community Update--September 4th, 2020

Dear Thornton Academy Families:

Earlier today, the Maine CDC communicated a special update to the School Health Advisory Map for both Penobscot and York Counties. At this time, due to recent increasing case rates and open outbreaks, York County falls within the yellow category. This categorization suggests that the county has an elevated risk of COVID-19 spread and that schools may consider hybrid instruction models as a way to reduce the number of people in schools and classrooms at any one time. While our county has transitioned from a green to a yellow designation, we will continue with our plan to adopt a hybrid learning format on Tuesday, September 8th (our official first day of school.) 

We know that there are many changes and new expectations to remember, and encourage you to revisit TA Ready to Reopen regularly. We will continue to add updates to this page in response to guidance from the Maine Department of Education, Maine CDC, and Office of the Governor. Our FAQs have also been updated to include the information shared by administration during last week’s Upper School Community Information Session. (A recording of this virtual event is available for those who were unable to attend.) 

Newly added FAQs include pick-up and drop-off protocols, an explanation of “Trojan Time,” and details from the Arts and Wellness Departments about the special measures they have taken to ensure student safety. (Please note the recent change to face covering requirements that will prohibit gaiters and masks with one-way valves or vents—a decision made out of an abundance of caution and in response to guidance from our school physician and the CDC.)

We’ve been preparing for next week for many months, and we are ready and excited to begin the 2020/2021 school year. I ask for your continued patience as we navigate the first days of school, and assure you that we have and will continue to do all that we can to create a learning environment where students may safely learn and grow. 

Be well, 

Rene M. Menard

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