Portland Public School Superintendent Xavier Botana announced today, Friday, March 20, that the district is extending its school closure timeline due to the community spread of COVID-19 in Maine. Instead of closing for two weeks, until March 30, Portland Public Schools will now be closed until April 27, the Monday following spring break. All Portland Public School facilities, including Portland Adult Education and Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) will be closed during this time.
The district’s remote learning procedures and meal distribution program, which started March 18th, will continue during this extended closure.
In fact, the district has added Portland High School as a ninth meal distribution site to give additional access to those wanting to participate in the program. The meals are for anyone age 18 and under. The meals include both breakfast and lunch. Both can be picked up together between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon. The district is no longer requiring families to have their children present to pick-up meals. Meals are available Monday through Friday. Staff will not be asking for names or requiring identification, but meals are intended for children and teens only according to a press release issued this afternoon. Meals cannot be consumed on the distribution site. Participants do not need to qualify for free or reduced-price lunch or be PPS students to receive these meals.
The eight other distribution sites are: Deering High School, East End Community School, King Middle School, Lyman Moore Middle School, Peaks Island Elementary School, Presumpscot Elementary, Riverton Elementary School and Rowe Elementary School.
For more background information, please see post dated March 14, herein.