Two additional weeks of distance learning for Medomak College

Students at Medomak Middle School have been learning remotely since February 28 due to a malfunction in the facility’s water system, making the building unsafe for occupancy. (LCN file)

Students and staff at Medomak College are expected to continue operating remotely for at least two more weeks after the school’s water system went out in February.

Superintendent Steve Nolan presented the rough timeline to the RSU 40 School Board at its March 17 meeting. He pointed out that the forecast assumes that the parts needed for the system will arrive on time and that there will be no unforeseen disruptions in the process of obtaining control. panel installed and inspected.

Late in the week of February 20, the electrical components that control the school’s water system, including the domestic water and fire suppression systems, failed. The building, located at 318 Manktown Road, cannot be occupied if security measures are not working properly, which is why MMS students have been participating in distance learning since February 28.

“I just appreciate the patience our families have shown. I recognize that the longer this goes on, the more frustrating it is for everyone involved, and we are trying to resolve this issue as quickly as possible to get everyone back on track. nobody,” Nolan said over the phone March 22. “Until then, we’re just going to keep working to do our best to keep students engaged and learning.

Most MMS students are learning remotely while a small group continues in-person learning at Medomak Valley High School. Although administrators have not been able to find a venue that can accommodate all students, they are exploring options in the community, such as churches, where staff could potentially hold some classes, particularly if the MMS remains unusable. for an extended period.

According to MMS director Kate Race, Misty Darton of the Gibbs Library in Washington is offering internet to college students in Washington so they can take classes remotely.

RSU 40 includes the cities of Union, Waldoboro, Warren, Friendship and Washington.

Parents and guardians in any RSU 40 city whose students need internet access for remote learning can contact Race at katherin[email protected]

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