Age: Rising 6th and 7th grade
Capacity: Limit of 15 students total
Dates of Instruction: September 8-Dec 18, 2020
Hours: 8 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday
Tuition: $5,000 per student
What curriculum will AELS at MMM follow?
AELS curriculum follows Maine state standards of instructions and was designed in collaboration with a Maine state certified teacher. Students will receive comprehensive and grade-level appropriate instruction in Math, Science & Engineering, English & Language Arts, and Social Studies.
Will there be extracurricular activities?
Yes, MMM staff will provide a range of extracurricular activities on site to meet student interests. Staff will lead exciting and casual workshops in art/design, dance, strength training, woodworking, creative writing, historic vessel stewardship, and museum collections care. Students will have the option to suggest projects and work together or independently.
How many instructors will be working with students?
Three museum staff educators will serve as daily and consistent instructors. This includes the Director of Watercraft and Traditional Skills, the museum educator and Manager of Interpretation, and a Maine state certified teacher. All three staff members have extensive experience with experiential and classroom instruction. Additional staff from various departments may serve as guest speakers to present specialized lessons and hands-on activities.
How many instructional hours will be included in each day?
Students will receive 4.5 instructional hours per day interspersed with outdoor breaks, lunch, and extracurricular activities.
Can my student return to their regular public or private school in the spring?
Parents are encouraged to contact and work directly with their school administration to guarantee a smooth transition back to their traditional school.
Are masks required for students and staff?
Yes, masks are required for students and staff at all time indoors. All visitors to the museum are also required to wear masks at all times indoors and outdoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Students will be provided with repeated outdoor breaks enabling them to remove their masks under appropriate physical distancing requirements. All instruction will be held outside when feasible.
Are vaccinations required to attend?
Yes, all students must be current on their vaccination records and provide a copy to guarantee acceptance into the program. Flu vaccines for all participants are highly encouraged.
What does tuition include?
Tuition covers the cost of project materials, cruise excursions, and instructional time. Individually packaged snacks will be available in the afternoon.
Are scholarships available?
Scholarships may be available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to request an application.
Is there a discount for siblings?
If siblings meet the grade requirements, there is a 10% discount for the second student.
When is tuition payment due?
Tuition can be paid in two 50% installments. The first payment is a deposit to reserve your child’s place in the program, due prior to August 20, 2020. The second and final payment is due on September 30, 2020.
Is tuition refundable if I choose to pull my child from the program?
Within the first two weeks of instruction (September 8-September 18, 2020), parents may remove their child from the program and 50% of the deposit will be refunded. After September 18, 2020, tuition is non-refundable.
Does my student need to provide their own lunch and snack?
Yes, students must provide their own daily lunches. A daily snack will be provided. The museum does have a refrigerator and microwave available for student use.
Is transportation provided to and from the museum?
No, students must arrange for their own transportation at the beginning and end of the day.
What do students need to supply?
Students are expected to supply their own basic school supplies (paper, notebooks,pencils, etc). A complete supply list will be distributed to students in the welcome packet prior to the start of school.
What is the museum’s disinfecting and cleaning policy?
All students will be provided with their own individual materials and storage bins. Supply sharing will be limited and disinfected after each single use. Students will have access to student-use only bathrooms that will be disinfected daily. See below for general museum Covid-19 policies:
Maine Maritime Museum employees and volunteers will practice the following general guidelines while on Museum property.
Prevention and Preparation
The following steps will be followed in all areas of the Museum
Employees and volunteers shall wear cloth face coverings in public spaces, practice physical distancing and good hygiene to prevent the spread of the disease
Employees will wash face coverings with soap and water and not use for more than one day without being washed
Face coverings will be provided to all employees. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own cloth face coverings, however the museum will have a supply of cloth face coverings for volunteers who don’t have them or forget to bring them
Provide training for employees and volunteers on proper wear, removal, and disposal of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Visitors required to wear cloth face coverings when in public spaces or when physical distancing is not possible.
Encourage frequent hand washing and disinfecting of workspaces and use of hand sanitizer especially between contact with customers and customer items.
Hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) and disinfecting supplies will be made available in common work spaces and key public spaces
Utilize signage in strategic locations to encourage employees, volunteers, and visitors to maintain 6 feet physical distancing , wear cloth face coverings, and wash hands frequently
Encourage employees who can work remotely to continue to do so for as long as it is recommended.
Limit volunteer opportunities to those that are critical to maintaining facilities or visitor services
Limit number of staff working by area or floor and stagger work shifts to reduce number of individuals working together at the same time to reduce potential contact and spread. (See procedures for specific work spaces below for each work area).
Utilize electronic workplace communications (texts, emails, instant messaging, phone calls) as frequently as possible to reduce frequent face-to-face contact.
Face-to-face staff meetings should be limited to the current state recommended gathering size and respect physical distancing.
Employees and volunteers should make best efforts to avoid museum public spaces when possible
Employees and volunteers should use event entrance for entering and exiting the building
For contact tracing purposes employees must maintain a record including contact information for anyone who they had direct prolonged interaction with. Based on current knowledge, a close prolonged contact is being with someone who was within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes
Daily Cleaning / Disinfecting:
Prior to daily staff arrival the facilities Staff will practice routine cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces for all public spaces.
High touch surfaces include: Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc. shall be wiped down at least twice daily with disinfectant solution