On March 23, Maine Governor Janet Mills, through Commissioner of Education Pender Makin, issued a state-wide waiver of school attendance requirements. This means that for the 2019–20 school year, it is not necessary for public school, private school, or home instruction students to receive the customary number of days of instruction. This waiver was authorized by an act of the Maine Legislature,  LD 2167.

Representative Heidi Sampson promptly asked Mills to waive the year-end assessment requirement for home instruction families. In reply, speaking through her representative, Mills declined. Mills expressed a willingness, however, to reconsider if the present public health emergency interferes with the ability of families safely to conduct year-end assessments.

We will keep you up to date on this important issue. A great deal can happen between now and when year-end assessments are due on September 1.