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Pooled Testing for COVID - 19
Andrew Wallace

South Portland Schools added another strategy to our COVID-19 prevention measures: "pooled testing" in grades PreK-6 (The district may consider expanding pooled testing to other grades after this initial phase is launched).
Pooled testing means that students in a classroom will have a COVID-19 test once a week. Pooled testing is a voluntary program. Parents must sign a consent form (please see below) in order for their child to participate. All of the testing is free.

If you would like to enroll your child in South Portland's pooled testing program, you can give consent here: https://testcenter.concentricbyginkgo.com/minor-consent/. Please see below for the access code that matches where your student goes to school.


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Andrew Wallace

On November 30th South Portland Schools hosted a Community Forum on Equity and Educational Justice. Over sixty people representing parents, teachers, elected officials and community members participated in the event. Presentations from Assistant Superintendent Megan Welter and Superintendent Tim Matheney are available here as slide decks and as a recorded video. Please continue to monitor this page and school communications for future events.

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Fall Flu Clinics
Andrew Wallace

South Portland Schools will be hosting free flu clinics in partnership with Northern Light Health this October.

Although the vaccine is provided at no charge, there is an associated cost to administer the vaccine which will NOT be charged to your family. We appreciate it if you include accurate insurance information to keep costs low. Children presenting with an incomplete form will not receive their vaccine. There is no cost to families and those without insurance will be vaccinated if the appropriate form is completed.

If you would like your child to receive the flu vaccine at school please click on the link below from Northern Light and complete the consent form. You must complete all highlighted fields, so please use N/A if it doesn't apply.

Registration Link

For more information please visit: https://tinyurl.com/spsdflu2021

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Band Students Participate in 'The PenPal Project'
Andrew Wallace

South Portland band teacher Jen Fletcher and Jake Walker, 5th grade band director in Huntley, Illinois came up with the innovative idea to engage students by learning an instrument in a less traditional setting. Dubbed "The PenPal Project," the program enabled students to learn from each other in a safe and teacher-monitored environment using FlipGrid and video conferencing.

"This idea stemmed from the desire to give students some excitement during virtual learning, but also to show them that everyone was going through the challenges and triumphs of learning a band instrument." said Ms. Fletcher.

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