Early Dismissal 12/6/2021
Due to the snow turning to rain this afternoon, we will be dismissing at 2pm so the buses can be off the road before darkness. See the link at https://vuescsuper.blogspot.com/2021/12/all-valley-unified-schools-to-dismiss.html
District Parent & Family Engagement
Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. The responses will be used to determine how Title 1 monies are used next year, and to help improve the parent involvement program for the 2021-2022 school year. Since the Madawaska Elementary School has been approved for a School-Wide plan, all students and staff, K-6, have the opportunity to benefit from these funds. This would include programs, reading and math materials, technology items, books and tutoring. Funds will be focused in the areas that show the greatest need based on the data. We are seeking and appreciate your input as we plan for the upcoming school year. If you have any questions about the survey or parent involvement at the Madawaska Elementary School, please contact Principal Lise Pelletier by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pesticide Application Notice
posted Jul 21, 2021, 2:36 PM by Paul Chasse
|Northern Turf Management will be spraying for weeds and other invasive vegetation around the Madawaska Middle/High School (135 7th Ave) and Madawaska Elementary School (353 11th Ave) building perimeters and riprap areas on 7/22 starting at 8AM.|
New Guidance on COVID 1-3-2022
As we enter the new calendar year, all schools across Maine, including our Valley Unified school districts, have new guidance to follow specific to how to respond to positive COVID-19 cases, which include those individuals who are identified as close contacts.The new information can be found here.
Here are some of the biggest changes, which go into effect immediately,and do not count for any positive COVID-19 cases or close contacts identified before December 30, 2021:
- Maine will now observe theUS CDC's guidelines for isolationfor a positive COVID-19 individual, which is now 5 days as long as the individual no longer has symptoms after 5 days. The 5 day isolation should be followed by 5 additional days of wearing a properly fitted mask.
- Close contacts to a positive COVID-19 individual must also quarantine for 5 days from last COVID-19 exposure from school and school activities and then wear a mask for an additional 5 days unless at least one of the following conditions applies:
- The close contact (staff or student) is boosted; or
- The close contact is a fully vaccinated 16-17 year old student who has not yet received their booster shot; or
- The close contact (staff or student) is not eligible for a booster but is fully vaccinated; or
- The close contact (staff or student) completed their second mRNA dose within 6 months (or completed their J&J vaccine within two months); or
- The close contact (staff or student) participates in school pooled testing; or
- The school is enforcing a mandatory masking policy.
- Exposures that occur in outdoor settings (including contact in sports) or on a school bus do not constitute a close contact and, thus, do not require quarantine, regardless of vaccination status.
- The pooled testing exemption now includes close contacts that occuroutside of school events.
- The definition for school outbreak has changed, and is no longer 3 or more positives from separate households. When a school reports 15% absenteeism, Maine CDC will follow up with the school to obtain additional information and determine if the absenteeism report meets outbreak status.
Given the above changes, we fully expect that there will be far fewer required quarantines moving forward, especially when more staff and students become fully vaccinated and boosted, participate in pooled testing, and continue with universal masking
Over the next several weeks, it will be very important to listen to the guidance provided to you by the school nurse in the event that a staff member or student tests positive for COVID-19, or if an individual is a close contact. We will also review our procedures on how to handle at home COVID-19 tests and report back on that guidance shortly.
Thank you for your continued support and for understanding that our schools are required to follow the Maine CDC guidance when responding to COVID-19 or any other infectious disease. We wish you all a new and improved 2022!
School Reintegration Update for Students, Parents and Families: Month of May 2021
posted May 23, 2021, 8:52 AM by Benjamin Siro
As the end of the school year approaches, we need to acknowledge how far we've come in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our students, staff, and community members in Maine are getting vaccinated at a higher rate than any other US state! There is much to be excited for as we look ahead to the summer months!
Here are some updates for the month of May. Take care and be well!
June COVID19 Vaccination Reminder
posted Jun 3, 2021, 6:28 AM by Vincent Vanier [ updated Jun 3, 2021, 6:56 AM ]
We are writing to remind you that in our on-going efforts to
keep our students, staff and schools safe and open for
in-school instruction, we will continue to partner with St.
John Valley Pharmacy to host Pfizer vaccine clinics at our
three Valley Unified Middle/High Schools on the following
dates and times. See the attached document for details.