Message from the Principal

March 4, 2022

Dear Canaan Parents/Guardians:

On Wednesday, March 2, 2022, Superintendent Moody sent out a communication to all district families announcing that MSAD 54 will be transitioning to a “mask optional” policy beginning on March 9th. This decision was made to align with the most recent recommendations from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the Maine Department of Education. 

Here in Canaan some will choose to still wear a mask, and some will choose to not wear a mask. I want to guard against any mask shaming. It is the right of everyone to decide when they will or will not wear a mask. It is not okay to give someone a hard time about their choice. Mask shaming will be treated like bullying and will not be tolerated here. We ask that students, staff, and parents are respectful and kind to each other regardless of the decision one makes. Our job as caring adults should be demonstrating that people can disagree about important topics and still be respectful of one another. Wearing of masks on buses will also become optional on Wednesday, March 9th.

Lastly, there may be situations in our school where individuals may be asked to mask for the safety and well-being of others. There are students and staff in our district that have extremely fragile, documented medical challenges that require others to mask in order for them to attend school safely. If a need such as this should arise, students will need to be masked.

We will still allow very limited access to the school. Pick up at 2:15 p.m. will remain the same as it has been since September. It is our hope to have some type of end-of-the-year activities. If you have any questions, please free to email, call, of private message me on the PTF Facebook page.

As always, we appreciate all your support. Below please note some important dates.

  • Wednesday, March 9: Early release day. Dismissal will be at 11:45 a.m. Buses will load around 12:10 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 15: Second trimester report cards will be sent home.
  • Friday, March 18: Teacher Workshop day. No school for students
  • Wednesday, March 30: Early release day. Dismissal at 11:45 a.m. Buses will load around 12:10 p.m.

 

Sincerely, 

Steve Swindells
Principal