BANGOR – The City of Bangor and members of the Community Health Leadership Board and Bangor School Department held a press conference on Friday to discuss safety for the upcoming school year.
“One thing all of us can do right now to make it safer for our children, our schools, our teachers, our community is to get our children accustomed to wearing masks,” said Patty Hamilton, director of public health for the City of Bangor.
According to Superintendent Betsy Webb, the school department has worked with the guidance of medical experts and input from teachers, staff, families and community members to develop three pathways for families to choose which is best for them.
“As educators, we know the optimal teaching and learning environment is in person,” Webb said.
Webb said 60% of families plan to send their children to school for in-person instruction five days a week.
“We also know some families may need alternative options for a variety of reasons, whether for their own comfort or for medical conditions,” Webb said.
27% of families will attend in a hybrid plan of learning in person two to three days a week and working remotely the other days, and 13% will have their children attend school remotely full time.
“All three of these pathways will run simultaneously given our green color code, and will follow the Bangor curriculum,” Webb said.
Employees will be trained on all protocols and families will be sent videos prior to the school year
“We do have a checklist of questions so that everyone is familiar what symptoms we are looking for,” Webb said. “Each family will need to look at those questions each and every day before they even think about coming to school just as will our employees.”
“It’s imperative that we all remain vigilant with safety precautions, such as masks and social distancing, so that we don’t give up the progress that we’ve made,” said Tanya Emery, director of community and economic development for the City of Bangor.
The school year will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 1.