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As we begin another school year, we look forward to you being a part of our Saco School Department Public School community and hope you become involved in our schools and events.  We especially welcome new families into our school community as you become engaged in our students' education, building and district events, including Thornton Academy.  We are fortunate to have a school district in which students, staff, families and the community work together to support our mission: "All students must have access to high quality teaching and rigorous learning opportunities.  To prepare for a global society, our students’ skill sets must include effective communication, critical thinking, creativity, and resilience.”

This year, as every year, we commit ourselves to providing the very best educational experience possible.  We will continue to be shaped by our new strategic goals from our  Strategic Plan; Educator Growth (Professional Growth and Evaluation Handbook), Curriculum and Instruction, and Social Climate and Culture. Our focus is on continuous instructional excellence and student achievement, combined with the ongoing improvement of district operations and communication.  We will update you often through our Principal Newsletters, Superintendent's message and website communications, along with school and community meetings.

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IMPORTANT DHHS & DOE Immunization Requirement Change

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education revised the Maine School Immunization Requirements rule on December 20, 2016. The changes further align Maine’s immunization rules with current national recommendations to better protect the health of all Maine people. The following two changes were made:

  1.  Effective immediately, the exclusion period for varicella disease (chicken pox) has increased from 16 days to 21 days. This means that, if there is a case of chickenpox,  any child who has not provided proof of immunization or history of disease will be unable to attend school or any school related activity for 21 days. This time period will be extended if any further chickenpox cases occur after the first. The law requires a 21 day exclusion period after the LAST case.
  2. Effective for the 2017-2018 school year, all students entering, advancing, or transferring into seventh (7th) grade will need to receive one dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine before attendance is allowed. This requirement is for 7th grade students only; grades 8-12 are not included in this rule change.

You can find a link to the rule (Chapter 126 / 261) here:


Pertussis (whooping cough) is a very contagious respiratory disease that can be severe and last for months. The immunity received from either early childhood immunization or pertussis disease wears off over time, leaving older students and adults susceptible to pertussis. Immunization with Tdap can protect students, schools and communities against whooping cough.

We are providing you with this information now so that you have ample time to schedule an appointment prior to the first day of the 2017-2018 school year.

Below please find the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on this new school immunization requirement:

FAQs Immunization Requirement

If you have any questions, please contact your School Nurse:

Saco Middle School: Joan Holmes RN, jholmes@sacoschools.org or 282-4181 ext. 2400

CK Burns: Sandra Lauzier RN, slauzier@sacoschools.org or 282-5800 option 2

Young and Fairfield Schools: Jessica Morgan RN, jmorgan@sacoschools.org or Young: 284-7053, Fairfield: 282-1322.

For further questions, please contact the Maine Immunization Program at (207) 287-3746 or (800) 867-4775 or by email at ImmunizeME.DHHS@maine.gov.


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