Teachers across the state should prepare to conduct the rest of the school year remotely, Maine Commissioner of Education Pender Makin said Tuesday. Credit: Maia Zewert | Lincoln County Ne

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Teachers across the state should prepare to conduct the rest of the school year remotely, Maine Commissioner of Education Pender Makin said Tuesday.

Makin’s recommendation posted on the Maine Department of Education’s website cited the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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“It is difficult to make such a recommendation, recognizing the profound challenge of reinventing public education and the many culminating events and rites of passage that educators and students anticipate all year long,” wrote Makin. “I also realize that this recommendation will be difficult for families to hear, given the challenges of childcare and managing school expectations on top of the other significant impacts of this state and national emergency.”

The school closures that began in mid-March were expected to last at least until May 1 under Gov. Janet Mills’ stay-at-home order to residents. In Bangor, Superintendent Betsy Webb has already said that school buildings are unlikely to reopen this school year.

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