Health & Safety

Public Health Resources

The following links will take you to the Center for Disease Control's websites. These sites are updated regularly with current information about the coronavirus (COVID-19). The links have information on how to decrease the spread of the virus at home, school, work and in the community. The sites look to provide answers to many of the questions that we all have regarding health and safety.

Additional Resources

The following link from the American Academy of Pediatrics provides parents with ideas on approaching children about the coronavirus and gives information on who is at risk and good hand hygiene techniques.



Information from the Winslow Public Schools

Our schools are working in consultation with the Maine Center for Disease Control and are actively monitoring the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This page contains resources and communications designed to raise awareness of prevention and preparedness efforts in our district. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.

May 21, 2020 - 11am

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

As you know, Memorial Day will be celebrated on Monday, May 25, 2020. As a result, school meals will not be delivered on that day. Instead, meals will be delivered on Tuesday, May 26 and again on Thursday, May 28th. Additional meals will be handed out on Friday, May 22 to account for Memorial Day.

We will return to the Monday-Wednesday- Friday delivery schedule during the week of June 1st.

Friday, June 5th will be the last day of meal delivery with the use of buses. Starting Monday, June 8 we will revert to our traditional summer meals program where students can pick up meals at various locations throughout Winslow. Those locations are being determined and information on the dates and times will be available shortly.

I hope you are able to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend with your families.

Thank you,

Peter Thiboutot

Superintendent, Winslow Public Schools.

May 1, 2020 - 10am

To Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff,

Hello everyone,

I hope this email continues to find you and your families well as we move forward through these unprecedented and difficult times. I would first like to take this opportunity to thank numerous individuals, organizations, and companies in the Winslow community for their generous donations in support of families in need of help during Covid-19. Your thoughtfulness and caring is refreshing during a time of uncertainty and unknowns. Please know that your generosity will make a difference in the lives of many.

On April 28, Governor Mills and members of the COVID response team held a press meeting in order to provide details of a phase-in model they will use in order to re-open the state’s economy. The announcement pertained primarily to businesses, and not to school programs. Schools continue to abide by an earlier recommendation provided on April 7 by the Commissioner of Education. The Commissioner, in consultation with the Governor, released a Priority Notice recommending that schools plan to replace classroom/group instruction with remote/distance learning through the end of the 2019-2020 school year (unless the CDC deems it safe to return to school).

Realistically, conditions are not likely to improve quickly enough to allow schools to resume normal (pre-pandemic) operations or modified operations during the 2019-20 school year. It is unlikely that traditional graduation ceremonies and promotion assemblies will be allowed this spring due to the restrictions being placed on group gatherings. That is not to suggest that we are not looking at alternatives or acceptable ways in which to celebrate these important milestones in the lives of our students. In fact, the high school is busy exploring different options in order to celebrate these special occasions.

When stay-at-home orders are lifted and schools are permitted to re-open, it is likely that operations will need to be modified until schools resume normal operations. If Maine follows the lead of other states, the easing of restrictions is likely to be stepped down in phases. Modifications may include: a delayed start in the fall to traditional classroom instruction (e.g. beginning the year as we have ended, with remote/distance learning), limiting group sizes, proactive screening of students, staff, and visitors for symptoms, and social distancing in all settings. The fact of the matter is, we simply don’t know what to expect since this is an unprecedented event in our lifetimes.

With so much uncertainty around the opening of schools in the fall and what that might look like, Winslow Public Schools is taking a proactive approach with staff development at the end of this year in order to prepare for both a traditional and, if need be, a non-traditional opening of school in the fall. Our staff will participate in staff development days in order to better prepare for the possible scenarios I have alluded to earlier in this email. Doing so, will provide the support needed in order to offer a more robust remote/distance learning experience which will benefit our students.

We are not alone in this decision as many school districts throughout the state will be having similar conversations as they make plans for the start of next year.

In order for the above to occur, an adjustment will be made to the last day of school for students. The last seat day for students will be June 5th. Teachers will fulfill their contractual obligations by working their required days. During that time, they will be involved with professional development planning for the various possible scenarios I have previously mentioned.

As always, building administrators will be communicating with their students and parents regarding specific plans for closing the year. Please check your school website for updates.

It goes without saying, we miss all of you and look forward to a time where we can once again all be together.

Peter Thiboutot

Superintendent Winslow Public Schools

April 16, 2020 - 9am - Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff,

I hope this email continues to find all of you in good health. This email is to inform you that Winslow Public Schools will continue to provide meals to students during the week of April vacation (April 20-24). There will however, be a change to the schedule.

Meals will be delivered on Tuesday and Thursday of that week vs the current Monday, Wednesday and Friday delivery dates.

Students will receive the same number of meals even though we have reduced one day of delivery. Additional food will be distributed on Tuesday and Thursday to make up for the loss of a day. Thus it is very important that students/parents be available on Tuesday and Thursday for the delivery of meals.

We will return to the Monday, Wednesday and Friday schedule following the week of April break. I hope you are able to enjoy some quality time with your family in the upcoming week. Please take care of yourselves.

Peter Thiboutot, Superintendent

Winslow Public Schools

April 10, 2020 - 4pm - Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff,

I hope this message finds all of you safe and in good health. By now, you are most likely aware that on the evening of April 7, the Commissioner of Education, in consultation with the Governor, released a Priority Notice recommending that we plan to replace classroom/group instruction with remote/distance learning through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

This follows the CDC guidelines for schools to close classroom-based instruction for 8 – 20 weeks to flatten the curve and to keep people safe. For the safety of all, Winslow Public Schools must take the recommendations from the CDC, the Commissioner and the Governor seriously. In accordance with this notice and for the foreseeable future, Winslow Public Schools will continue to use the remote/distance learning format for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year unless we receive notice from the CDC that it is safe to re-open our school buildings.

It goes without saying that the most recent Priority Notice continues to provide challenges requiring tremendous dedication and effort on the part of our employees. Our Food Service staff along with a host of other individuals consisting of but not limited to bus drivers, custodians, teachers, educational technicians, secretaries, administrators, guidance counselors, nurses, and social workers continue their untiring efforts to provide meals to our students three days a week. As a result of their perseverance and dedication, over 9000 meals are being prepared and distributed on a weekly basis.

Teachers and administrators in each of our schools are in the process of developing specific plans to meet the needs of our students as we move forward with the extended remote/distance learning recommendation. Ongoing conversations are being held to establish baseline principles to guide our work. Please know that you have a dedicated group of educators committed to providing an educational plan that is more tailored to the components of the grade level curriculum as we move forward. The plan will take into consideration the various barriers our families are experiencing during this difficult time. Please remember to check the Winslow District Website for updated notices along with visiting your child's school website for specific information pertaining to his/her school.

In closing, thank you for your patience and support as we work through this unprecedented time in history.

Peter Thiboutot

Winslow Superintendent of Schools

March 27, 2020 - 11am - I hope this message finds all of you safe and in good health. Starting next week, the delivery of meals to students using school buses will have a different schedule.We will deliver on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Reducing the number of days for delivery does not mean we will be reducing the number of meals being provided. In fact, we hope to increase the number of meals we are currently providing by moving to this schedule. Here is how it will work.

On Mondays, students will be provided with breakfast and lunch for Monday and Tuesday.

On Wednesdays, students will be provided with breakfast and lunch for Wednesday and Thursday.

On Friday, students will be provided with breakfast and lunch for Friday and Saturday.

As always, please contact your school if you have any questions regarding this change. A reminder to Please stay safe by practicing social distancing. Working together, we will get through this difficult time as a community. Have a good weekend.

Peter Thiboutot

March 20, 2020 - 11am - Winslow Public Schools has been continually monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. There are now 52 confirmed cases in Maine. Less than a week ago, there were no reported cases. In an effort to be proactive in protecting the health and safety of our students, staff, and community, Winslow Public Schools, will extend its date of closure until Monday, April 27 pending further notice.

This decision was made in consultation with many and out of an abundance of caution to follow the rapidly changing guidance regarding enhancing social distancing efforts to minimize the spread of the virus. This decision has not been made lightly and we certainly empathize and understand the significant burden this will cause families in the coming days.

School Breakfast and Lunches

Winslow Schools is currently delivering meals to any student wishing to participate. The meals will be delivered using our school buses and bus drivers. School staff have volunteered to be on the bus to assist with deliveries. The bus drivers will leave the elementary school at 9:00am and drive their regular bus route. Meals will be handed out to any student or parent waiting at their regular bus stop. The delivery of meals will occur on Monday through Friday until further notice.

Educational Resources

As educational professionals we recognize there is no replacement for the instruction provided in the classrooms from quality educators. As important as everyday classroom learning is to our students, we are facing a very unusual and challenging situation that requires that we close our school for an extended period of time. We recognize the difficulty this will cause families and the disruption it will be for our students. Our goal is to provide opportunities for students to continue learning. At the same time, we want to be sure that we don't cause unnecessary stress for students and families by setting up requirements that may not be able to be met during this time.

We have provided and will continue to update suggestions and resources for students and families. This information will be available on our website or by making arrangements through your child’s school.

We will reassess the return to school as more information becomes available. Thank you for understanding and support in this time of tremendous uncertainty. The safety of students, staff, and the Winslow community is our top priority.

If you have questions or concerns, please call your child’s school.

Peter Thiboutot

Winslow Superintendent of Schools

March 18, 2020 - 5pm - I hope this message finds you well during these difficult times. I am writing to inform you that starting tomorrow, Thursday, March 19, Winslow Schools will be delivering meals to any student wishing to participate. The meals will be delivered using our school buses and bus drivers. School staff have volunteered to be on the bus to assist with deliveries. The bus divers will leave the elementary school at 9:00am and drive their regular bus route. Meals will be handed out to any student or parent waiting at their regular bus stop. The delivery of meals will begin tomorrow and continue Monday through Friday until further notice. Thank you and stay safe.

Peter Thiboutot

Winslow Superintendent of Schools

March 15, 2020 - 3pm - Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff,

Winslow Public Schools has been continually monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within any of the Winslow schools. However, in an effort to be proactive in protecting the health and safety of our students, staff, and community, Winslow Public Schools will be closed Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 27th pending further notice.

This decision was made in consultation with many and out of an abundance of caution to follow the rapidly changing guidance regarding enhancing social distancing efforts to minimize the spread of the virus. This decision has not been made lightly and we certainly empathize and understand the significant burden this will cause families in the coming days.

Staff may report to work on Monday, March 16 to pick up needed materials/equipment from their classrooms. Parents may contact the school to make arrangements to retrieve essential items such as student medications or items from the students locker or classroom. Starting Monday, the District’s Central Office along with each school’s principal office will operate with essential staff but will be closed to the public unless otherwise notified.

School Breakfast and Lunches

Winslow Public Schools will be providing breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday from 9:00 am-10:00 am. for all students who wish to participate. This will begin on Monday, March 16, 2020. Both meals can be picked up during this time. The meals can be picked up at the following locations and should be taken off site: Winslow Elementary School (curbside pickup only), Clinton Avenue Playground, Halifax Street Park and the Vassalboro Community School (curbside only).

Educational Resources:

As educational professionals we recognize there is no replacement for the instruction provided in the classrooms from quality educators. As important as everyday classroom learning is to our students, we are facing a very unusual and challenging situation that requires that we close our school for a period of time. We recognize the difficulty this will cause families and the disruption it will be for our students. Our goal is to provide opportunities for students to continue learning. At the same time, we want to be sure that we don't cause unnecessary stress for students and families by setting up requirements that may not be able to be met during this time.

While students are out of school, we want them to continue with their learning, even if it doesn't look exactly like their usual schoolwork. We encourage students to take advantage of this Let's Keep Learning time to explore things that they are interested in learning.

We will be providing suggestions and resources for students and families. This information will be available on our website or by making arrangements through your child’s school.

We will reassess the return to school as more information becomes available. Thank you for understanding and support in this time of tremendous uncertainty. The safety of students, staff, and the Winslow community is our top priority.

If you have questions or concerns, please call your child’s school.

Thank you,

Peter Thiboutot

Winslow Superintendent of Schools

March 13, 2020 - 2pm - Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff,

As you know, information regarding the coronavirus is changing on a daily basis. Winslow Public Schools has taken precautionary measures to keep our students, staff and community members safe while they attend school.

Our community is accustomed to short-term school closures due to snow days or other weather-related issues, but this unprecedented health crisis has created the possibility of an extended school closure. In preparation for such an event, Winslow Public Schools is developing plans to address two critical areas: student nutrition and student learning.

Student nutrition:

In the event of a school closure, the preliminary plan is for the district to follow a process similar to our summer meals program. That program uses a variety of sites throughout Winslow to deliver meals to students.

Student learning:

School staff are identifying learning resources to support students and families with ongoing learning. Due to the uncertainty of whether such a closure may occur and the timing and duration of a potential closure, the resources will not be replacement lessons for specific classrooms or grade level topics. The learning resources will come from a variety of sources such as our teaching staff and the Maine Curriculum Leaders Association, and may be available in a variety of formats for students and families to use as they find appropriate.

We hope this plan strikes a balance between supporting ongoing learning and recognizing that there will be additional challenges facing households as we move through this unpredictable period.

Thank you,

Peter Thiboutot

Superintendent of Winslow Schools


March 13, 2020 - 11am - Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff,

The Winslow Administrative Leadership Team met this morning to discuss the recent developments and decisions made statewide to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The following decisions are being made knowing that we have a responsibility to do everything within our power to keep our students, staff, and community members safe.

To that end, Winslow Public Schools have made the following decisions that will take effect starting Monday, March 16, 2020:

A. All after-school activities are cancelled for the foreseeable future. This includes athletic practices, club meetings, etc. There will be no late buses after school;

B. Winslow Public School facilities will no longer be available to outside groups until further notice;

C. All non-essential meetings are cancelled;

D. As much as possible, all essential meetings will be done online or by telephone.

E. Parent/Teacher conferences will only take place by telephone or through online communications.

F. Parent drop off and pick up will be done at the front doors. For the safety of our children and community, we ask that parents and caregivers not enter the building during drop off and pick up times. Staff members will be available for supervision of students.

G. There will be no school assemblies or large group use of our buildings;

H. All buses will receive extra sanitizing on a daily basis;

I. The custodial staff will place a heavy emphasis on sanitizing high-touch areas on a daily basis;

J. Open campus privileges for all eligible students at Winslow High School have been cancelled;

Please know that these decisions were not easy to make. Our immediate response is an attempt to put practices in place that will slow the spread of the virus. The safety of our students, staff and community members is paramount.

I will continue to provide you with updates on a regular basis.

Thank you for your understanding and support as we work through these difficult times.

Peter Thiboutot

Superintendent of Winslow Schools

March 12, 2020 - Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff,

As you are well aware, the coronavirus has become a major concern for all of us. Yesterday, the coronavirus was declared a Global Pandemic by the World Health Organization. Miraculously, there are still no reported cases of the coronavirus in Maine. However, our neighboring states and the majority of states across the country have reported cases of the virus, which is having a major impact on how we function as a society.

Although there are no reported cases in Maine, many school-affiliated organizations are taking a very aggressive stance in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus by cancelling or postponing events.

Here in Winslow, district administrators, directors, nurses, and representatives from the Teachers Association met to discuss the various questions and scenarios that could occur should there be an outbreak in our area. Topics ranged from sanitation of our schools and busses to what would happen if we actually had to close schools for a period of time.

One thing that quickly became clear is the fact that it's very difficult to make definitive plans due to the unpredictability of an outbreak. We discussed precautionary measures and common things we can all do to help prevent the spread of the virus. I've attached several articles which I think you will find very informative.

Please know that the Winslow Public Schools will continue to follow CDC guidance regarding staff or students who are sick. While we are still learning about the coronavirus and possible symptoms, we do know it is similar to the FLU in that the symptoms include cough, fever and shortness of breath. Both illnesses are highly contagious and can come on quickly. If staff or students are experiencing any of these symptoms accompanied with a fever, they should not return to school until their temperature has been normal for a full 24 hours [without the use of fever reducing medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen]. If you have any questions regarding your symptoms or your child’s symptoms, your primary care provider is the best person to call. If your student is ill, please keep them home and notify the school office they will be absent.

If you have travel plans, please consider the risks involved. Your child could be asked to remain at home for a set number of days if you were in an area where there were infected people.

We will continue to provide updates on this website. We encourage you to visit the website on a regular basis for updated information on this situation. Please do not hesitate to contact your building principal, school nurse, or myself with questions you might have. We will do our best to post answers to common questions on the website mentioned.

Due to the uniqueness of this situation and the rapidly changing information, please know that the best laid out plan today may change tomorrow. In the end, it will take "an all hands on deck" approach if we find ourselves in a pandemic situation in our community.

Thank you,

Peter Thiboutot

Superintendent of Winslow Schools

March 4, 2020 - Important information from our Nursing Team regarding the Flu and the coronavirus.