Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Resources

Community Update--August 7, 2020 


Dear Thornton Academy Families:

Last week, the CDC released its School Health Advisory Map and assigned all 16 counties the designation of green. This map will be updated every other week, and schools will be expected to adjust to current public health conditions. We anticipate that circumstances may change based on evolving data and analysis from the state, and have designed a reopening plan that will allow us to transition between color designations and their corresponding learning models in a streamlined  and efficient manner.

There are many moving parts in this continually evolving situation, and a wealth of information to review and remember. That's why we've created TA Ready to Reopen, a web page where students and families may find up-to-date information and recent announcements. I invite you to explore this resource at thorntonacademy.org/reopening, whether to revisit descriptions of each of the state’s risk designations, or review our comprehensive list of frequently asked questions. These FAQs have been compiled in an effort to address the most frequent and pressing questions and concerns we've received from our community. We hope you find it helpful as we progress toward the start of school together.  Please note that this web page may be updated in the coming weeks based upon any new guidance or safety requirements from the Maine CDC and Department of Education.

Before school begins, you will receive the "Thornton Academy Parent/Student Guide to Reopening." This document will offer additional information to help you navigate each of the possible modes of learning, and provide details about other aspects of our reopening plan. Until then, we hope that you will find this new resource helpful; please reach out to your child's school counselor if you have questions specific to your child’s individual needs.  If you are new to TA, you may contact MaryAnn Martin in the Counseling Office at maryann.martin@thorntonacademy.org for the name and contact of your child’s counselor. 

Be well, 

Rene M. Menard
Headmaster

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