South Portland Colleges: Information and Notes

Well, the first week of November was not calm either inside or outside our borders. I continue to be proud of the effort and care everyone goes to keep the South Portland Schools ship moving in unsafe waters.

While I’ve had a hard time getting around the district these days, on Tuesday November 3rd I had the opportunity to visit all of our elementary schools to deliver special COVID-19 coloring books to all students. We had also translated books into French and Spanish. The books were a project by the South Portland City Health Department and we are grateful for the 1,400 coloring books they have given our students.

The book was written by Clovis Lemba and enhanced with artwork by Luis Ventura, Pre- and Aftercare Advisor at Dora L. Small Elementary School. It reaffirms the critical health messages we have given our students throughout the year: wash your hand, keep your distance, and wear your face covering.

The book states, “If we all follow these precautions and act considerately, we can protect ourselves and our community.” or “If we keep doing these things and are aware of our actions, we can protect ourselves and our community.”

As the colder time of the year approaches, I urge all of us to do so.

Watch the three Ws.

Keep up to date with the latest health guidelines. If you have been quarantined by a doctor as per CDC guidelines, please quarantine. We all have a personal responsibility to act in a way that reduces the risk for us all.

If you have any questions or concerns, speak to your school nurse or principal. We all need each other.

Maines Executive Order on the move

On November 3rd, Governor Janet Mills announced an update to its travel policy. The governor announced that Connecticut, New York and New Jersey will no longer be exempted states effective November 4, 2020. As a reminder, anyone traveling to Maine must either be quarantined for 14 days or Maine allows adults who have a negative COVID-19 antigen or molecular test (PCR, NAAT, or isothermal) no more than 72 To waive the 14-day quarantine hours before arriving in Maine upon arrival in Maine.

If you are taking in friends or family from outside of the state (excluding New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts) for the vacation, it is your responsibility to enforce this requirement. When traveling, it is your responsibility to comply with this requirement as set out in the Governor’s Executive Order.

Take care of yourself and be healthy.

Ken Kunin is the school principal for South Portland. He can be reached at [email protected]

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