Making the Grade Since 1825

October 17, 2020

The past several weeks have certainly presented many challenges to the way of life we had grown accustomed to. All have helped in so many ways to make the transition from the Remote Learning situation we experienced last spring to a quite different in-school day with lots of masks, hand-washing, and physical distancing. The students have been fantastic in wearing masks and following all the new guidelines, as best they can. We will keep moving forward with the help of all.

There are several upcoming events at The Whiting Village School over the next few weeks.

Life Touch Studios will be here on Wednesday, October 21st, to take pictures of the students. Due to Pandemic related issues, we have not received packets to send home. We are working to have something to email or send home before Wednesday. There will be a basic family package for about $15

Whiting Bay Family Medicine will be conducting the annual flu clinic for students and families on Friday, October 23rd. Due to current requirements, Dr. Arnold will be providing the vaccine at the Union Meeting House (Old Church) next to the school. This will start at noon. Forms are going home on Monday the 19th in the folders (which now will go home on Mondays instead of Fridays).

We will be having a PJ day on Friday, the 23rd, as well. No real reason, just for fun!

We are working on final plans to hold a Halloween Celebration in lieu of the annual Halloween Party, due to the restrictions we are currently required to follow. Students are encouraged to wear a costume on Friday, October 30th no matter what we plan.


This information is the best we have currently and is likely to be updated..

Whiting Village School will open on Tuesday, September 8th at 8:00 AM. We will be dismissing at 11:30 AM the first week of school to allow students and staff to acclimate to the new ways we have to do things, including wearing masks. We will be dismissing at 2:45 PM starting Monday, Sept 14. The bus schedule for Whiting Village students will remain similar as to the way they were last year. WA will have an earlier dismissal time every day they have students, and we are trying to work out how that will be handled. With the early dismissals, we will be scheduling meetings with parents the first week of school in the afternoons to assist with learning the technology and answer questions. We had planned on scheduling these conferences before school started, but think it better to get the kids in first and give us a little more time to get everything ready. If parents would like to come in to the school before we open to see the classrooms or ask pre-opening questions, please call or email us to set up a time for Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 2nd.

The pandemic is presenting many challenges to our school and lives. We will continue to follow guidelines and mandates issued by the state and regulatory bodies as they become known. The many hours planning for re-opening have been fraught with changing requirements and information. As this world-wide event is continuing, we will always strive to provide the best education we can in the safest manner possible for our students. This stressful time is when we need to exhibit our perseverance and patience more than ever. No one likes the situation we are forced in to, but with tolerance, kindness, and understanding we will continue to be the great community we have always been.

Scott Johnson, Principal


STATE’S MANDATORY Back to In-School Instruction Safety Requirements, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Parents need to check their child for symptoms before sending to school each morning.

  • Temperature and symptom checks for students and staff before/upon entering school.

  • All staff and students (5 years old and older) must wear masks at school except during meals. 4 year-old students will be encouraged to wear, as developmentally appropriate.

  • Masks must be worn while riding the bus. Assigned seating with students of a family sitting together.

  • Full Face shields may be an alternative for those with appropriately documented medical/behavioral challenges. Review committee to approve on case by case basis.

  • Frequent hand washing and cleaning of high use areas and objects.

  • Adults must maintain 6 feet of distance from others to the extent possible.

  • 3 feet of distance between students when wearing masks and other factors used is acceptable.

  • Students must maintain 6 feet of distance during meals when masks are off.

  • Plexiglass or similar barriers on student work areas.

  • Parents are asked to provide clean face masks (more than 1) for their child each day, though the school will have some.


Handwashing is required before and after recess. Equipment will be sanitized after use/daily. Children will be able to share playground equipment and balls in games like catch, “Horse,” “Knock Out,” and kickball. Activities involving frequent, close physical contact are not allowed under current guidelines. Mask will not be required during recess as long as appropriate distancing is maintained.

Illness and Absences

Staff and students who are sick must stay home. Any symptom of a cold or cough, sore throat, nausea, shortness of breath, etc. will require that person to stay home until they meet the criteria for returning to school. Students who are home due to quarantine will be expected to participate in remote instruction until they are able to return to school. Parents of sick children need to contact the school between 7:30 and 8:30 to report absences with the reason for the absence.

Educational Expectations for Remote Instruction (Yellow and Red)

With Distance Learning, students must have daily live contact and direct instruction with the teacher. Class times will be determined by the school, but students will generally need to be online between the hours of 8:30 and 2:00, except during lunch and other breaks. Grading of student work is mandatory whether at school or from distance learning. Remote student attendance, just as in school attendance, will be tracked and recorded for each day. Excessive absenteeism from remote learning will be handled the same as if at school.

Please contact the school with any questions.


The State of Maine Dept. of Education has posted the "School Report Cards" for last year, based upon testing in the 2016-2017 school year. Please follow the following link to access the card. While we are working to improve our scores, we are pleased how well our kids did.

Access to the ESEA Dashboard and school report card

About Us and Our School and Web Site.....

Welcome to the Whiting Village School website. This site is just one more way we hope to keep in touch with parents, former students, and community members. Whiting Village School is a very small school in rural coastal Washington County, Maine that uses a multi-age model allowing younger and older students to learn together.

Whiting Village School, Whiting, ME

Please feel free to stop by the school and visit us. We are always pleased to hear from parents, former students, and the community.

.Whiting Village School was established in 1825 with the main part of the current building constructed about ten years later. Additions and amenities were added through the years creating an eclectic style of hardwood floors and high-speed internet.

AOS 96


291 Court Street * Machias * ME * 04654 * 207-255-6585

Scott K. Porter, Superintendent of Schools

Mary Maker, Director of Special Services Mitchell Look, ESEA Coordinator/Curriculum Coordinator

*Cutler * East Machias * Jonesboro * Machias * Machiasport * Marshfield * Northfield * Roque Bluffs * Wesley * Whiting * Whitneyville


Your school district receives federal money through the Title I, Title II, Title IV and Title V programs. This money is used to pay for title one teacher support, school supplies, professional development opportunities, technology, online educational programs, program administration, Physical education music and an afterschool program, among other things.

Whiting receives

$14,882.00 in title I, A money

$2,053.00 in Title II, A money

$10,000.00 in Title IV, A money

$27,431.00 in Title V money

If you have any questions regarding federal title money, please contact:

Mitchell Look, ESEA Coordinator at mlook@aos96.org

Please check out the various links to some of our forms, calendars, and other bits of information.

As always, please contact the school with any questions.

Scott A. Johnson

Teaching Principal

Non-Discrimination Statement:

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the Agency ere they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, heard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. In accordance with State law this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs)

If you wish to file a discrimination complaint electronically, please select File a Complaint and complete an intake questionnaire. Before completing this process it may be helpful to review relevant links under Guidance. If you are not sure how the Maine Human Rights Act may apply to, you please review the publication "What It Is! How It Works!". Maine is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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