Superintendents from several school districts announced Sunday all classes and school activities will be postponed beginning Monday, March 16, due to concerns about the coronavirus.

Lewiston Superintendent Todd Finn announced in a letter sent to parents Sunday morning that all Lewiston classes and school activities would be postponed from March 16 to April 6, including the use of all athletic fields and facilities affiliated with Lewiston Public Schools.

The letter went on to say that the school department will share the reentry plan in the coming weeks as more information becomes available.

The Dingley Building will be closed to the public during this period. School Committee meetings can be viewed online, and the school committee is working on a means to allow for public comment to be shared remotely. Outside guests will not be allowed into chambers until further notice.

The Lewiston Public Library posted to their Facebook page on Sunday that they will be closing beginning Monday, March 16 and remain closed until April 6.

The following school districts announced in letters Sunday they would be closing from Monday, March 16, to Friday, March 27:

• Auburn School Department

• RSU 4

• RSU 9 (Chesterville, Farmington, Industry, New Sharon, New Vineyard, Starks, Temple, Vienna Weld, Wilton)

• RSU 10 (Buckfield, Hanover, Hartford, Mexico, Roxbury, Rumford, Sumner)

• RSU 16 (Mechanic Falls, Minot, Poland)

• RSU 56 (Canton, Carthage, Dixfield, Peru)

• RSU 73 (Jay, Livermore, Livermore Falls)

• RSU 78 (Rangeley, Dallas Plantation, Magalloway Plantation, Rangeley Plantation, Sandy River Plantation)

• SAD 17 (Harrison, Hebron, Norway, Otisfield, Oxford, Paris, Waterford, West Paris)

• SAD 52 (Greene, Leeds, Turner)

Scott Albert, superintendent for RSU 73, wrote: “For these two weeks, there will be no official educational expectations put upon students” and that “staff and administration will be working together towards plans to educate all of our students if we end up being out longer than two weeks.”

SAD 17 Superintendent Rick Colpitts said that his district has “not determined if future learning will be provided online or through mailed home packets.”

Auburn Mayor Jason Levesque said that the city of Auburn “fully supports this decision” and that “our focus in the days and weeks ahead will be to support the citizens of Auburn, especially our students and their families, through any means necessary.”

“Know that your city council and I will be exploring ways to help everyone through this,” Levesque said. “Auburn is strong and resilient and we take care of one another.”

All superintendents wrote in the letters that they would be working with the U.S. Department of Education to provide bagged breakfasts and lunches to students over the next week.

This story will be updated.


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