Ellsworth, RSU 24 shutdowns extended



ELLSWORTH — Schools in Ellsworth and Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) will remain shut down until after spring vacation.

In a letter to parents dated March 20, RSU 24 Superintendent Michael Eastman said the current plan is for students to return to school Monday, April 27, following the originally scheduled vacation. The original plan was to remain closed until April 3, and plans are subject to change.

“The situation before us is fluid, and changes could come about rather quickly,” Eastman wrote.

Remote learning began Thursday, March 19, and was “generally a success,” with the district working to resolve the few glitches.

Eastman encouraged parents to make sure their children take part in remote learning, which the Maine Department of Education counts toward the school calendar.

The school district also has been successfully distributing food during the shutdown.

Ellsworth Superintendent Dan Higgins also announced March 20 that the district would push its target date for re-opening until April 27.

“Please know, however, as communicated in previous messages, we will continue to monitor new information as it becomes available, rely on the guidance of the Maine CDC and Maine Department of Education and assess whether conditions make it possible to reopen our schools on April 27,” he noted in a letter to parents.

Johanna S. Billings

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Johanna S. Billings covers eastern Hancock County and western Washington County. An avid photographer, she lives in Steuben with her husband and several cats. She welcomes tips and story ideas. Email her at [email protected]

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