Resources to Assist Maine Schools with Record Retention Decisions

The Maine State Archives, in conjunction with the State of Maine Archives Advisory Board, establishes local government record retention schedules. These schedules include schedules for Maine schools.

All local government record retention schedules can be found on the State of Maine Archives website, but record retention schedules specific to schools can found in Schedule 18.

Training resources on how to manage records are available on the Maine Archives website, here.

If Maine schools or administrative unites need additional assistance with Maine’s record retention schedules, the State of Maine Archives is the best resource, and can be reached by emailing: recordsmanagement.archives@maine.gov

October EPS Reporting Deadline Approaching; This Data Impacts Subsidy Allocations.

This is a reminder that October 1st Student Enrollment Count Certification is due on October 30th, 2021 and that the Staff Certification is due November 15th, 2021.

We understand that all school staff are operating in a challenging landscape right now but, it is extremely important to meet these timelines for student and staff certification as this data directly impacts your subsidy allocations.  Without this data, we cannot ensure that your subsidy calculation is accurate and that you receive it on time to build your FY 2023 budgets.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns in regards to these reporting collections, please contact the MEDMS Helpdesk at (204) 624-6896 or MEDMS.Helpdesk@Maine.gov.

Concussion Resources and Reporting

As directed by Title 20-A §254, sub-§17, the Maine Department of Education (DOE) has been working in collaboration with the Maine Principals’ Association (MPA), Maine Association of School Nurses (MASN), and the Maine Concussion Management Initiative (MCMI) to create a process for concussion incidence reporting. During the first year of implementation, the concussion workgroup is providing support to schools that are currently utilizing the Head Injury Tracker (HIT). HIT was developed by MCMI 2013 with the goal of providing schools with an ability to identify high-risk activities for brain injuries by tracking patterns of concussions within their school systems. The HIT platform is available at no cost and provides schools with an easy, confidential, and secure method of collecting concussion data for their students.

This resource is available to all Maine schools to aid in the early recognition and management of concussion.  Since the creation of the model concussion policy in 2012, schools across Maine have been instrumental in increasing concussion awareness among students, parents, and staff. Implementation of the concussion policy should improve the management and care a student receives following an injury. Injuries can happen during any activity throughout the school day or outside of school. The location of the injury should not affect the attention and accommodation a student receives. The model policy reflects current best practices in concussion management in schools. Over the years there has been a shift in the focus of how a concussion affects a student, specifically with the recognition that children are students first. Therefore, the model policy outlines a graduated school re-entry plan that is individualized and flexible, with input from medical providers, parents, and the school multidisciplinary team.

For more information on concussion management in Maine schools please visit: https://www.maine.gov/doe/schools/safeschools/healthed/concussion

If you have questions about these efforts, please email Emily.Poland@maine.gov. For questions related to the HIT platform, contact MCMI  at contactmcmi@gmail.com.

 

Quarter 1 Data Collections Webinar on September 30th

The Maine Department of Education Data Team is holding a Quarter 1 Data Collections Webinar Thursday September 30th at 10am.

We will be discussing how to locate, access and validate the quarter 1 reports. This year we will be foregoing quarter 1 attendance and truancy collections due to changes to attendance reporting. New for 2021-2022 we are collecting student daily attendance which effects how we report the data back to the end user. The new attendance and truancy quarterly reports should be ready for quarter 2 reporting. In the meantime, it is extremely important that users still record attendance and truancy locally so that the data is accurate when these reports become available. This webinar will therefore focus on the student behavior and bullying data collections for quarter 1.

Please follow the “Join Live” link at the time of the training to join us. Thank you.

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If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding this webinar please contact the MEDMS Helpdesk.

October EPS Student Reports Webinar on October 12th

The Maine Department of Education Data Team is holding an October EPS Student Reports Webinar Tuesday October 12 at 10am.

We will be discussing how to locate, access and validate the three October EPS student reports in NEO. These reports include the October 1st Student Enrollment Count, the CTE October Student Count report and the Special Education Child Count Detail Report (EF S 05 Part 1).

Please follow the “Join Live” link at the time of the training to join us. Thank you!

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If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding this webinar please contact the MEDMS Helpdesk.