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Back to School: Every Maine school district's reopening plan, organized by county

Governor Janet Mills admin. issued the color-coding system for Maine schools to reopen after the coronavirus pandemic. Every Maine school reopening plan by county.

Gabrielle Mannino (NEWS CENTER Maine), Jackie Mundry (NEWS CENTER Maine)

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It’s been a question and topic of concern for thousands of Maine families for months: What will school look like this fall with COVID-19, coronavirus precautions? Is it safe to send my kids back to school? While Governor Janet Mills' administration has provided recommendations and insight to help answer those questions, many still have concerns.

The Mills administration has designated all of Maine’s 16 counties as “green,” suggesting they have a relatively low risk of COVID-19 spread and that schools may consider in-person instruction as long as they’re able to implement the required health and safety measure. 

The Health Advisory System categorizations are defined as follows:

  • RED: Categorization as “red” suggests that the county has a high risk of COVID-19 spread and that in-person instruction is not advisable.
  • YELLOW: Categorization as “yellow” suggests that that the county has an elevated risk of COVID-19 spread and that schools may consider additional precautions and/or hybrid instructional models as a way to reduce the number of people in schools and classrooms at any one time.
  • GREEN: Categorization as “green” suggests that the county has a relatively low risk of COVID-19 spread and that schools may consider in-person instruction, as long as they are able to implement the required health and safety measures. Schools in a “green” county may need to use hybrid instruction models if there is insufficient capacity or other factors (facilities, staffing, geography/transportation, etc.) that may prevent full implementation of the health and safety requirements.

Despite being given the green light to reopen to in-person instruction, nearly all of Maine’s more than 150 school districts have opted for a hybrid model, which is designated as “yellow” in the State’s definition.

Here’s how each school district is planning to reopen, by county. Given the lengthy list of districts—we will update this story daily to work towards including all 16 counties. 

We will continuously update this information as we go, but if we missed a district, and you have a link to the information, please let us know by texting 207-828-6622. Use the hashtag #backtoschool so we can easily find the text. The information we are publishing is publicly available info on the school district website.