Category Archives: Dispatches

Maine School Transportation Safety Conference focuses on safety-efficient operations

The Maine Department of Education sponsored the forty-fifth annual Maine School Transportation Safety Conference in collaboration with the Maine State Police and Maine Association for Pupil Transportation last month.

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Infinite Campus State Edition now open for student data entry

Infinite Campus State Edition is now open for student data entry for the 2016-17 school year.

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Maine DOE seeks to fill vacancies on Title I Committee of Practitioners

Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that each state educational agency that receives Title I funds must create a State Committee of Practitioners (COP) to advise the State in carrying out its responsibilities under the Title I program.

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School transportation software updated

As of August 3, the Transfinder Infofinder i website was updated to offer more routing and transportation management software for easier and faster access for parents and school districts alike.

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Summer Institute educates over half of state’s school nurses

The Maine Department of Education hosted the 2016 School Nurse Summer Institute, Kaleidoscope of School Nursing Practice last week at Bates College in Lewiston. Major focuses this year included the federal and state laws and rules related to school nurse practice in Maine, increased knowledge and assessment skills, and more.

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Notice of new rule: Instruction related to use of CPR and AEDs in public schools

The following rule, Chapter 41: Offering Instruction Related to Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and the Use of an Automated Defibrillator in Maine Public Schools, requires public schools to offer training to students on how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use automated external defibrillators.

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Medicaid Educational Liaison ready to assist schools

Maine Department of Education staff recently met with the new State Medicaid Education Liaison, Trista Collins from the Department of Human Services, about her work with schools and Medicaid Reimbursement.

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Reminder: update school emergency operation plans

Summer provides an opportunity for school districts to complete an annual review and update of their Emergency Operations Plan, also known as a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (Title 20-A §1001.16).

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Regional SLO trainings held late August

The Maine Department of Education will offer Student Learning Objective (SLO) training on August 22 and 23 to school administrative units (SAUs) in support of the development of Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth (PEPG) systems.

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Federal homeless education amendments effective October

Amendments to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act go into effect October 1. Under these amendments, districts will be subject to some new and expanded requirements.

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