STATEWIDE — The Mills administration informed Maine school units Wednesday that it expects all schools to offer full-time, in-person learning this fall.
During Wednesday’s Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention briefing, Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew said the physical distancing requirements that were put in place during the previous year were to protect staff, teachers and students against a disease they didn’t know much about.
Lambrew said getting students back in the classroom full time this fall will be possible with vaccination progress and tools like pooled COVID-19testing.
“We know that having policies like having pooled testing in place can really help identify people with COVID, isolate them and keep people safe,” Labrew said.
“So with that progress and the new information, we feel comfortable saying at this time the recommendations and requirements that had previously been a barrier to some schools having kids in school five days a week full time can go away,” she said.
Lambrew said there will still be some circumstances where remote learning might be preferred.
She said the Maine Department of Education will work with schools on that.
As of now, students will still be required to wear masks.