Board of education hold-ups vote on Portland’s back to school strategy – WCSH-WLBZ

18August 2020

Portland Public School’s superintendent has actually suggested a hybrid design, delaying the first day of school to Sept. 14.

PORTLAND, Maine– As districts throughout the state reveal their plans for returning to school, we might soon discover what school reopening will appear like in Maine’s

biggest city. Portland’s board of education was supposed to vote on the proposed resuming plan on Tuesday however chose to postpone the vote. The

workshop is expected to reconvene Wednesday at 5 p.m. Like many schools that have currently announced strategies, Portland is thinking about a hybrid model. As part of the hybrid model, many students would be put into 2 groups, attending in-person classes on opposite days. Grade school trainees in group A would go to in-person classes on

Monday and Thursday. Primary students in group B would go to in-person classes Tuesday and Friday. No classes will be held on Wednesday. According to the proposed plan, that day would be utilized for teacher preparation, student outreach, and evaluation.

“There is an intent to continue to reassess not simply our classification from the state, as a county, but the regional data here in Portland,” Portland Board of Education Chair Roberto Rodriguez stated. “And certainly if we begin to see the transmission of infection within our school district, that would likewise impact how we progress or prepares to bring more people back to the building.”


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