Dr. Marc Gousse the Superintendent of the AOS 91 Mount Desert Regional School System joined WDEA's Chris Popper to talk about the school district's reopening plans. The AOS 91 Board will be voting on the proposal on Monday, August 10th at their meeting which will be at 5:30 p.m. in the Higgins-Demas Theater at MDI High School.

To see the Power Point Presentation that was discussed at the Thursday night AOS 91 Board Workshop click HERE. The AOS 91 Superintendent, Dr. Marc Gousse is recommending to the Board to change the student start day, from September 1st to Tuesday, September 8th, in keeping with other districts within Hancock County.

One thing that has been emphasized was that ALL, students, staff and teachers would have to wear masks. Face shields would only be approved if there were medical reasons, or necessary for a student's IEP or 504 plan.

Key Questions that the School Board will consider at the August 10th meeting

  1. Open remote-only on September 8 and remain remote for first two weeks (September 18);  begin phase in to full hybrid/in person models by September 25.
  2. Open September 8 for some students (e.g., most vulnerable, kindergarten) in person and phase in other students on a building-based schedule so full hybrid/in person can be implemented by October 13.
  3. Open September 8 full hybrid/in person for all students and staff (who are not involved with the Virtual Only Option)
  4. Open remote-only on September 8 and remain remote-only through October 12. Begin full hybrid/in person models on October 13.

It should be noted that it has yet to be made public if each school can accommodate with the Department of Education's Safety Guidelines all those students who might want to return to full 5 day a week instruction. Hopefully that will be discussed at the Board Meeting on August 10th.

I did ask Dr. Gousse about food delivery for those who might be considering remote learning, and although nothing is definitive, it sounds like there are plans in the works.
Anyone with questions or concerns should definitely reach out to the AOS 91 Board members prior to the August 10th meeting at 5:30. That meeting will be able to be seen on the MDI Trojan You Tube Channel