Maine School Administrative District #24 / RSU #88

Van Buren School
parent letter 7302020.pdf

Parent Letter 7/30/2020

A Message From Commissioner Pender Makin 4/28/2020

Dear Heroes of Public Education,

As you may be aware, Governor Mills and some members of the COVID response team will be providing further details of the phase-in model by which we hope to re-open our state’s economy at a press briefing today at 3:00. The plan will continue to provide limits on sizes of group gatherings while identifying certain criteria that would indicate readiness for some businesses to begin to open their doors as public health and safety permits. Certain summer and tourist industries will likely be included as examples, and this may prompt questions and/or pressure from your constituents regarding summer school programs, athletics, end-of-year celebrations, and use of school facilities for various summer programs. Today’s announcement applies to businesses, and not to school programs; it is important to note that our recommendation, provided April 7, to continue remote learning plans for the remainder of the school year still stands.

I want to assure you that we are holding to our promise to provide you with the most updated information as we receive it. We also want to ensure that you are not left without support as you continue to make decisions and address the concerns within your communities. We continue to curate the most updated guidance from national and state sources on when and how to reconvene in-person instruction, and we will provide you with recommendations based on science and public health indicators.

Businesses will have the option of opening, and customers will have the option of entering/participating, but school is a compulsory activity with extremely complex considerations, and therefore decisions around opening schools to in-person activities merit a higher standard of safety assurances.

We are all in the unenviable task of trying to predict the future, with the health and well-being of all we serve in the balance. I continue to be grateful for your continued leadership and compassion in the face of this crisis.



End of Year Letter

Special 4_9_20.pdf

Special Letter 4/9/2020


Special Letter 4/2/2020

Elaine Boulier

Superintendent of Schools


MSAD #24 / RSU #88 welcomes all students, parents and staff back to a new school year. A new school year presents opportunities for new beginnings, new classes, new faces, new learning.

Starting a new school year gives us the opportunity to make new plans, design new strategies, and implement new ideas.

We are proud of what we achieve at MSAD #24 / RSU #88, in our classrooms, in our offices, and on our playing fields and stages. Our program is what it is because of a staff of dedicated professionals with a common goal - to do what is best for all our students.

Maine School Administrative District No. 24 / Regional School Unit #88 serves the primary and secondary educational needs of Van Buren, Hamlin and Cyr Plantation. Total student enrollment is 272 for the 2017-2018 school year.

Please feel free at any time to come visit or call with any questions or concerns.

View of Van Buren, Maine.  Photo by Paul Cyr

MSAD #24 / RSU #88 is located along the banks of the beautiful St. John River.

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Photo courtesy of Paul Cyr of

Student Handbook 20-21