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March 16, 2020
Social Distancing - What You Need to Know

Letter sent on March 16, 2020

Dear District 207 Parents/Guardians, Students, and Staff:

As we work together to support each other, share information and work through these unprecedented times, it is important that everyone in our school community knows what to expect in the coming days and weeks. New information is being shared daily and sometimes by the hour, but we are committed to sharing key information with an eye toward not overwhelming your inbox or bombarding you with texts and phone calls. However, it is important now more than ever for students, parents/guardians and staff to carefully read through the information being shared. We want everyone to have the same information.

The best source of information about District 207 will be our website (https://maine207.org/) and your email inbox. The best source of updated information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/

The focus of this email is about social distancing and how it can greatly slow the spread of the COVID19 and, in turn, help slow the demand on our hospitals. The goal is to “flatten the curve.”  The chart below shares how social distancing or “protective measures” will help our health care system meet demand.

While closing schools (at least through March 31) is an unprecedented measure; we believe it is a critical one to help slow the spread of COVID-19. However, the only way closing of schools will be effective is if students (and others if possible) follow social distancing guidelines:

  • Avoid gathering in public places – especially in close proximity to others. 

  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.

  • Try to keep 6-10 feet between yourself and others – give yourself space.

  • Be at home as much as possible.

  • Try to limit who you and your family interact with to the same people you typically are around. 

Students and families SHOULD NOT:

  • Gather in large groups – this is a time to be close with those who are closest to you. 

  • Visit each other’s homes or be having sleepovers.

  • Share food or drink.

  • Compete in team sporting activities – use this time to train individually or with someone in the home.

In addition, students and families SHOULD:

  • Avoid excessive media coverage of COVID-19.

  • Take care of their bodies. Stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep.

  • Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Try to do some other activities you enjoy to return to your normal life.

  • Spend time outside – fresh air and exercise is one of the best things you can do over the next few weeks.

  • Connect with others through texting or phone calls. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with friends or family members. Maintain healthy relationships. Students should feel free to contact anyone in the school if they need support and that support will be provided.

  • Use your technology and social media for good purposes – support one another and show that you care for one another.

  • Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking.

Everyone should keep following the practice of washing your hands regularly (wash for a minimum of 20 seconds) and covering your cough or sneeze along with all of the CDC guidelines around preventative measures that have been shared with families, students and staff.

Thank you for following these guidelines and partnering with us in “flattening the curve,” and helping to slow COVID-19. Please help set the example for our community through your actions and put the safety of everyone above our own valued experiences. 

I thank you for your cooperation as we all work to support one another during this time. Thank you for your trust and we will continue to share information as we work together. One thing is certain as our District 207 team prepares to meet the challenges that are ahead of us; we are as ready as any District in America to meet this unprecedented challenge. And so are all of you. Working together, let’s strive to find a silver lining and uncover the science, the mathematics, the history and the social implications of this event, something about which our students will someday talk to their own children and grandchildren.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ken Wallace, Superintendent