December 30, 2021
Dear Staff, Students, and Families,

You have probably seen the news that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is spreading rapidly across the country. The leadership team at Brunswick School Department has been paying close attention to this development, and I'm writing today to let you know how we are responding to it.

First, I want you to know that we will return to in-person learning on January 3, 2022. If we need to change our plans, I will let you know as soon as possible.

Don't even ask — Wear a mask. Because Omicron is so easily spread, it's more important than ever to get a mask that fits well. We have medical masks available for all students and staff.

We know what to do: What we've been doing works. Our layered protocols work! Wearing a mask works. 

Brunswick School Department will continue our other layered protocols, including social distancing, advanced air filtration systems, and pool testing.

Here's where you come in: The only reason Brunswick School Department has among the lowest COVID infection rates is that our community supports students and staff wearing masks at school.

Teachers and school staff are frontline workers, and the community's support for their safety means the world to all of us.

Please, get vaccinated or boosted: Getting boosted increases your immunity from the Omicron variant. Here is a link with places to get vaccinated and boosted.
 
And of course, if a student or staff member is sick, please stay home. 

It is increasingly clear that COVID-19 will be part of our lives for the foreseeable future. I recognize it has caused us countless hardships, but we have persevered, and we will continue to do so with your help.

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out - we are here to ensure the safety and success of all students.

I'll see you on the first day of class.

Sincerely,
Phil
Health & Safety Updates
Updated Maine CDC Standard Operating Procedure:
The Maine CDC released a revision of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on 12/30/21.  This document guides the district’s response to COVID-19.  The revision includes several updates with significant changes.  Our medical team is in the process of reviewing this revised SOP and will share details as soon as possible.  Until then, all existing protocols will remain in place.

COVID-19 Cases
Between December 17 and December 22, there was 1 new COVID-19 case in the Brunswick School Department:
Please note that no cases are being processed during the winter break. Cumulative statistics on all COVID-19 cases during the 2021-22 school year are available on the COVID-19 Dashboard.
Pooled Testing
There was no pooled testing in Maine schools the week of 12/20/21 or during the winter break. Pooled testing will resume on 1/3/22. You can still register your children for pooled testing. The directions can be found here.
Brunswick High School Girls Tennis Team
As a result of winning the Girls Tennis State Championship in the spring of 2021, Maine State Legislative Senator Mattie Daughtry and Maine State Legislative Representative Poppy Arford came to Brunswick High School to visit our team.

Maine State Legislative Senator Mattie Daughtry gave our team a Legislative Sentiment. This is a formal way to say the State of Maine's legislative branch wants to recognize and congratulate our team! In addition, Maine State Legislative Representative Arford presented each player a Maine State Flag that has been used at the statehouse and will be accompanied with a commemorative note.

Congratulations to Coach Kunhardt and the Girls Tennis Team!
Pictured from left to right: Hazel Goodwin, Logan Brown, Abby Sharpe, Cordelia Meserve,
Coach Mary Kunhardt, Anna Barnes, Sadie Levy, Emily Davison, Dee Molai 
Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine
Brunswick School Department is pleased to partner with Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine for parent training.

Sexual Violence 101 & Responding to Concerns of Sexual Abuse
This training is free for Brunswick-Area Parents and Caregivers.
January 26th, 2022 from 6:00-8:00pm
Brunswick High School Auditorium
MASKS REQUIRED
Employee Spotlight
Andrea Wilson
Third Grade Teacher,
Harriet Beecher Stowe School

Andrea grew up in Cumberland and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Maine at Orono and received her Masters Degree and Graduate Certificate from the University of New England. She is married with one dog, two cats and has three grown children. Her oldest works for BIW and he recently had her first grandchild. They also have a bonus grandson! Andrea's middle child is married and works for TD Bank in the anti-money laundering department and her youngest lives in Brunswick and is an Operating Room nurse at CMMC.

What makes you proud to work in Brunswick? #BSDProud
I am so proud to work in Brunswick. This community has really pulled together. I have had the privilege to watch for over 20 years as Brunswick has come to recognize the needs of all its citizens. Working as a volunteer for MCHPP, I was able to help bring food to those who needed it most. I was able to observe as parents of school age children began to offer help with snacks for kiddos who needed them. I was able to observe as community members started TEAN and have been contributing to those who need housing goods, clothing items or anything. I was able to witness community members contributing enough goods such that an in-need family was able to outfit their entire apartment! HBS is a direct reflection of this understanding of the needs of its citizens. Our principal, Heather Blanchard, works tirelessly to ensure her staff is happy, healthy and feels heard. She sets the tone for understanding. We, as a staff, can appreciate others' differences and what they bring to the table. I feel very lucky to work in this environment!

What do you like to do outside of work for fun?
I love to kayak, read, bake, snuggle with my dog and spend time with my family!

Favorite line from a movie?
"Did you hear that?" - From the movie Elf

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?
I would love to meet Amelia Earhart.

What is something that you learned last week?
I learned that food coloring stays on your fingers for days and days!
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Provided by NAMI
For more information: call (207) 373-6970 or email jgodo@midcoasthealth.com
or click here to register for the January 10th session.
Employment Opportunities
WE'RE HIRING! Click the link below to view current employment opportunities within the Brunswick School Department.

Current Openings Include:
  • Substitute Custodians, Bus/Van Drivers, Food Service Workers, Teachers
  • Long Term Float Substitute Teachers
  • Varsity Baseball Head Coach
  • Gifted & Talented Teacher
  • Ed Techs
  • Long Term Substitute Main Office Secretary
Previous Community Newsletters
Looking to view an older publication of the Community Newsletter? All previous publications can be found on the Brunswick School Department website.
Brunswick School Department | https://www.brunswicksd.org/