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16th Valley Unified Board Meeting

posted Sep 17, 2020, 8:10 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Sep 17, 2020, 8:14 AM ]

The 16th meetingof the Board of Directors for Valley Unified Education Service Centeris scheduled for September 21, 2020beginning at 6:00 p.m.at the Dr. Levesque Elementary School​ ​in Frenchville.

Notice to the public: In accordance with An Act To Implement Provisions Necessary to the Health, Welfare, and Safety of the Citizens of Maine in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, and enacted to read Sec. G-1 1 MRSA § 403-A Public proceedings through remote access during declaration of state of emergency due to COVID-19, board meetings will be held via Zoom Video Conferencing.

Any member of the public who would like to watch the meeting, and ask questions during the public participation period, can do so by accessing the Superintendent’s YouTube Channel at this link:


  1. Call meeting to Order

  2. Welcome New VU Board Member

  3. Roll Call

  4. Adjustments to the Agenda

  5. Period of Public Participation on Items of this Agenda

  6. Approval of Minutes

a. Approval of the 15th Meeting, July 20, 2020

  1. Executive Director

    1. Update on Valley Unified Concerned Citizens Legal Action

    2. Valley Unified Administrator Reports

  2. Items of Business

    Policy Review

    1. Second Read of Policy BDA: Board Organizational Meeting

    2. Second read of Policy BEDB: Board Meeting Agenda

    New Business

a. Request for Withdrawal - MSAD27

9. Motion to Adjourn 

COVID 19 Message

posted Sep 5, 2020, 9:51 AM by Vincent Vanier

September 5, 2020

Dear Madawaska School Department Family Members,

We wanted to update you on our efforts to combat COVID-19 as we welcome students back to school. Our school community is diligently adhering to our strict safety protocols and behaviors. Over the course of the coming year, we will be updating you regularly on our COVID-19 efforts as part of Valley Unified Education Service Center’s commitment to transparency.

Toward that end, we wanted you to know that we have identified one individual who has tested positive this week for COVID-19. This individual is currently in isolation at home and will only return to work once clearance is obtained according to CDC guidanceand confirmed by the primary care physician. As planned, we immediately activated our tracing program and began reaching out to the people in our school community who may have been in contact with this individual. Luckily, because of how early in the school year this was detected, the identified individual had yet to come on school grounds or appear for work.

Our protocols call for anyone who tests positive to notify the School Department right away. Contact tracing for students and staff commences as soon as the School Department is informed of a positive test result. If contact tracing determines that your child has come in close contact with an individual who has tested positive, you would be notified immediately.

As the pandemic continues, there is an expectation that there will be positive cases within our community. COVID-19 is everywhere, and many people across the state and country who are testing positive are asymptomatic. We wanted to assure you that we are taking all necessary steps to prevent additional cases or a spread. After preparation all summer, in consultation with our health and wellness advisors and experts, we are pleased that our requests to have staff and students perform symptom screenings before coming to school, and staying home when symptoms appear, have worked in identifying this case.

We appreciate the cooperation and work that everyone here at the Madawaska School Department is doing to help combat COVID-19, including your child(ren). You can help us as part of this process. Let your child(ren) know that you support our masking, hand washing, physical distancing and symptom screening each morning before leaving the house. Please encourage them to avoid gatherings with large numbers of people in close proximity to each other. Let’s work together to keep our students and staff healthy. The health and well-being of our school community remains our first priority.

Thank you for your cooperation and support! 


Benjamin Sirois
Superintendent of Schools 

Staying Healthy and Well During COVID-19

posted Aug 20, 2020, 5:33 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Aug 20, 2020, 5:33 AM ]

Resource Guide for Staying Healthy and Well During COVID-19

As a service to our students, staff, and their families, the Valley Unified Education Service Center, relying on the experience and expertise of our Health and Physical Education teachers, has compiled a resource guide of sample indoor and outdoor physical and fresh air activity suggestions to engage in during these challenging times brought on by COVID-19.

To review the guide and even add suggested activities you'd like to share with others across the Upper St. John Valley, go to bit.ly/323WpHg.  Stay healthy and be well.

New Openings

posted Aug 19, 2020, 3:11 PM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Aug 19, 2020, 3:12 PM ]

The Madawaska School Department has announced some new job openings today.  We are looking for an additional school nurse to add to our staff due to the COVID crisis.  In addition, we're in need of some temporary support personnel to aid in the monitoring of students at school, provide break opportunities, and more.  .  Check out the applications online here.    

Delayed Opening

posted Aug 14, 2020, 12:58 PM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Aug 14, 2020, 12:59 PM ]

In order for our schools to open safely, we want to ensure that all the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) is available for our staff and students. Additionally, we need to ensure that all safety measures, including temperature screening tools, floor signage, and informational displays are in place. Finally, we still need all parents/guardians to complete a school enrollment form for their children, so we know if they are coming back to in-classroom instruction or if they will be participating in remote learning to start the year. School enrollment forms are available at www.vuesc.org.

Because all of the above measures have not been finalized, Valley Unified Schools, including MSAD27, MSAD33, and the Madawaska School Department have delayed the start of the school year by one week. All 7-12 students will be now starting on August 27 and all K-6 students will be starting on September 10. The preK start remains the same, beginning on September 21. Please click the calendar below for the most recent version, dated 8.13.20.

We thank you for your understanding as we prepare for a safe return to school.

Playground Work in Progress

posted Aug 5, 2020, 6:19 AM by Vincent Vanier

Madawaska Elementary School's playground gets used year-round for the public.  We are presently doing some work on the equipment and we ask that people pay attention to the signs in the area.  We hope to have the work done shortly so that we have it completed for the start of the new year.  Thanks for your cooperation.

Parent/Student Update on Reopening

posted Jul 29, 2020, 8:11 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Jul 29, 2020, 11:13 AM ]

To review early information on Valley Unified return to school plans, please download the document below or go to https://bit.ly/3jDXjlG  In the bottom of the document, there is a section titled MAINE DOE FRAMEWORK TO RETURN TO SCHOOL

Click the blue headings for the question and answer page for each section.  There you will be able to ask questions and have someone answer them as best they can.

●  COVID risk categories
●  Symptom Screening
●  Physical Distancing
●  Masks & Face Coverings
●  Hand Hygiene
●  Personal Protective Equipment 
 Part 2: Social, Emotional, Behavioral and Mental Health Considerations
●  Return to School Info
●  Types of support for staff and students
●  Resources for support 
 Part 3: Academic & Learning Outcomes
●  Planned PD for return to school
●  Flexible Grouping
●  Assessment Summative
●  Students with Disabilities
●  Recovering Lost Learning
●  Progress Data Monitoring
●  Specialized Teams 
 Part 4: Expectations for Hybrid & Remote Learning
●  Remote Learning Plans

●  Expectations for Learning for Teachers & 

 Part 5: Other Considerations
●  Adult Education
●  Career & Technical Education
●  Nutrition Program
●  School Health
●  Transportation 

Pesticide Application Notice - 7/30/2020

posted Jul 29, 2020, 6:13 AM by Paul Chasse   [ updated Jul 29, 2020, 7:43 AM ]

Parent Back to School Survey

posted Jun 29, 2020, 1:07 PM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Jun 29, 2020, 1:07 PM ]

Parents are asked to go to the following web page to complete a survey which we are conducting to get a sense of parent's opinions on the options we have for going back to school in the fall.  You can find the information for the survey at http://vuescsuper.blogspot.com/2020/06/return-to-school-parent-survey.html

ESEA Application Comments

posted Jun 25, 2020, 6:01 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Jun 25, 2020, 6:02 AM ]

Madawaska School Department
Accepting ESEA Application Comments


The Madawaska School Department accepts funding through the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA)of 1965. As part of ESEA, the district is required to provide a reasonable opportunity for public comment on the consolidated application and consider such comments prior to the submission of the application. The district is accepting public comments on the ESEA application through July 30, 2020. Click the link below to share your thoughts about the application’s goals and priorities.  


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