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Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, July 23, 2020 and The Weekly Packet, July 23, 2020
Parents to face choice: in-school or at-home learning
School Union 76 mulling three options

by Leslie Landrigan

Parents in the towns of School Union 76—Brooklin, Sedgwick, Deer Isle and Stonington—likely will have to choose whether to send their children into the classroom or to have them learn at home as the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to disrupt lives into the fall.

The school district is focusing on three options, Union 76 Superintendent Chris Elkington said.

The first will let families choose whether to return to in-person, in-school learning or online.

The second option is the same as the first except it may group students from pre-kindergarten to second grade by grade level or in a multi-age grade level grouping. That will depend on the number who decide on online learning.

The third option is remote learning if there is either a stay-at-home order or modified order for possible 14 or 21-day quarantines.

Face masks and/or shields will be required on buses and in school for all students, visitors and teachers, Elkington said.

Elkington outlined these options and many more details they will face in an email to parents and in an advertisement this week in the Island Ad-Vantages and The Weekly Packet.