1081 Eagle Lake Road, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
P.O. Box 60, Mt. Desert, Maine 04660
Phone: (207) 288-5049 | Fax: (207) 288-5071

All MDIRSS - AOS #91 Schools will continue to utilize remote learning for the remainder of the school year due to public health and safety concerns. 
A notice will be posted when schools re-open.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Information 


What is Known:

  • The virus causing COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified and causes a respiratory illness ranging from a mild cold-like illness to severe pneumonia.

  • Most (81%) people diagnosed with COVID-19 in China had mild disease, including most children.

  • Similar to influenza, the people who are most likely to have severe disease and complications from COVID-19 are older individuals (>60 years old) and those with other medical conditions like heart and lung disease or diabetes.

  • There is no vaccine or treatment currently available for COVID-19 but the National Institutes of Health is evaluating treatments and working to develop a vaccine.


How The Virus Spreads:

  • COVID-19 is believed to spread primarily the same way the common cold or flu spreads—through respiratory droplets that are produced when someone coughs or sneezes.

  • People who are most at risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 are those who have been in close contact (within about 6 feet) with someone who has the disease.

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).

  • Some spread of the virus might be possible before a person has symptoms; there have been reports of this with COVID-19, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.


What You Can Do Now:

  • Keep children home when they are sick.

  • Students (and parents/guardians) who are ill, especially with acute respiratory symptoms (not allergies or chronic conditions) and/or a fever, should stay home.

  • Teach your children to always cover their cough and sneezes with a tissue or inside their elbow.

  • Remind them to wash their hands with soap and water (or use hand sanitizer) after they touch their face, use the restroom and before they eat.

  • Tell children to avoid touching their mouth and nose since that is how germs get into the body.

  • Inform the school if your child is going to be absent. Please know that our office staff will be inquiring about what symptoms are occurring as our intent is to monitor trends.

  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects (everyday household disinfectants are fine).

  • Enhance cleaning of high touch surfaces like door knobs, toilet handles, and sink handles.

  • Plan for when community spread occurs.

  • Ensure you have a plan to designate a caregiver, such as a family member or neighbor, for a sick child(ren) if you can’t stay home.

  • Know your child’s school’s plan to communicate with you when needed, such as robocalls, email or checking their website.

Thank you to all of our Education Partners!
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Acadia Time Lapse (Film and Music by MDI High School graduates)

MDIRSS Education Matters


Our mission is to provide leadership and support to the schools of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System – AOS #91 so that faculty and staff commit to preparing students to become:

Clear and Effective Communicators who construct and convey meaning for a variety of purposes and through a variety of modes.

Self-Directed Learners who understand the importance of embracing and nurturing continuous intellectual growth and curiosity.

Creative and Practical Problem Solvers who are skilled at gathering information, analyzing and evaluating data, applying knowledge and assessing evidence in order to persist in problem solving, create solutions and/or deepen understanding.

Responsible and Involved Citizens who acknowledge, and respond actively and constructively to the diversity, complexity and dynamic nature of our community and our world.

Integrative and Informed Thinkers who are skilled at using complex reasoning, making important connections and formulating and answering thoughtful questions.
Revised: 06/22/15


All MDIRSS students will have the opportunity to receive high-quality instruction and to pursue a personally challenging and rigorous K-12 educational program. Each student will build a solid base of knowledge and skills and will have many opportunities to explore interests, deepen understanding and develop talents.

In MDIRSS, administrators, teachers, and the community work as partners to enhance and enrich the  educational experience of the students. Study is both independent and collaborative; students and teachers  work together to expand knowledge and to develop critical and creative thinking skills. Assessment of learning and teaching is ongoing, varied and an integral part of the educational process.

The natural environment and community resources unique to our school district provide opportunities for important learning outside of the classroom.  Members of the school and extended community maintain high expectations for all students and teachers, and strive to demonstrate respect, reflecting together and sharing responsibility for the education of each student.


Revised:  06/22/15