Last night the recommendation came from the Maine Department of Education to keep kids home for the rest of the school year.

NewsCenter Maine reported that Commissioner Pender Makin wrote a letter to the state's educational leaders Tuesday night recommending that schools stay with the remote/distance learning for the rest of this school year.

In the letter she wrote:

It is difficult to make such a recommendation, recognizing the profound challenge of reinventing public education and the many culminating events and rites of passage that educators and students anticipate all year long. I also realize that this recommendation will be difficult for families to hear, given the challenges of childcare and managing school expectations on top of the other significant impacts of this state and national emergency.

She also said that the SAT tests will not be required or even offered to this year’s junior high school students. The SAT will not be required for college admission at any Maine college or university, either. It appears that across the country, colleges and universities are also not going to require the SAT tests for college admission.

Governor Janet Mills also recommends that schools keep distant learning for the rest of the school year.

The new normal is going to last a long time...