BLUE HILL — Union 93 schools will continue educating students remotely through the end of this school year, according to Superintendent Mark Hurvitt.
Hurvitt sent a letter to the community Friday afternoon. Union 93 consists of Blue Hill, Surry, Sedgwick, Castine and Brooksville.
“That decision was reached yesterday after our ZOOM meeting with the Commissioner and the assistant commissioner when we learned that closure is an emphatic recommendation from the Governor, the Commissioner, and the Maine CDC,” Hurvitt stated. “This decision was not made lightly. But, the reality is that we cannot gather large groups of people in school buildings, with the current status of the coronavirus in Maine, without experiencing dire consequences. This decision probably isn’t a surprise to too many people, but, as recently as last week, I was hoping that we would be back in school at some point before this school year ended.”
“We will be planning to return to our school buildings for the first day of school on Tuesday, September 8, the day after Labor Day,” Hurvitt stated.
“April Vacation, in a couple of weeks, April 20-24, will still be held as a vacation from school to give our students, teachers, and parents time to re-group and re-charge,” he said.
The superintendent said the last day of school had been June 17. However, he is adjusting that date to June 12.
School personnel have been delivering lunch to students in need since the quarantine began in March.
“I want to offer my highest words of praise to our educators, and all of our employees, who are running school remotely, with no training, and who are feeding kids in our five towns,” said Hurvitt. “Not that I ever doubted it, but I really see just how crucial our five small elementary schools are in the fabric of each town, and how they can be cited as a source of community pride in this very difficult time.”