GARDINER — Gardiner Regional Middle School will provide remote teaching for the second week in a row due to positive COVID-19 cases and staff shortages.
chief inspector Patricia Hopkins said in a letter friday afternoon there are about 80 high school students in quarantine and seven unfilled teaching positions for “various reasons,” Hopkins said.
“With so many unfilled teaching positions, it’s impossible for us to run the school safely,” Hopkins said in the letter.
High school will use Monday and Tuesday as a day for distance learning leading up to the long Thanksgiving weekend. Students are already free for the holidays on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Personal learning is expected to resume on November 29.
“Personal learning is my top priority this year,” Hopkins said in the letter. “I know how isolated many students felt last year and I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to let the students return to the building next week. I hope this situation is an outlier that will not happen again next school year.”
Hopkins letter included a link for families to sign up for lunch and breakfast – families who need it can pick it up Monday between 10am and 1pm