COVID Update – March 4, 2022

March 4, 2022

Dear Students, Families, and Staff, 

I am writing to provide an update to the MSAD #1 community regarding our COVID case counts. [For the most up to date information regarding active cases in our schools, please visit our COVID Dashboard on our website at https://sad1.org/covid-dashboard/.] I also want to provide an update regarding how the district intends to communicate about COVID case counts moving forward. 

Twenty-eight individuals in MSAD #1 have tested positive for the coronavirus since last week; eight individuals affiliated with Presque Isle High School, seven individuals affiliated with Presque Isle Middle School, six individuals affiliated with Pine Street Elementary School, five individuals affiliated with Zippel Elementary School, and two individuals affiliated with Mapleton Elementary School. The twenty-eight cases we saw this week were a slight increase compared to the twenty-four cases we saw the week prior to February Break.

Since the MSAD #1 Board of Directors voted to make masking optional in all district schools on Monday, February 28, there have been significant announcements this week from the U.S. CDC and the Maine CDC. On Wednesday, March 2, the Maine CDC announced that they would recommend that masking be optional in all Maine schools effective March 9. On Thursday, March 3, the U.S. CDC reclassified Aroostook County from a “High” COVID-19 Community Level to a “Medium” COVID-19 Community Level. This “Medium” rating is for the entire state of Maine. 

Considering that the district has seen six weeks of declining or moderate case counts, the recent recommendation from the Maine CDC that masks be optional in Maine schools, and the reduction of the COVID-19 Community Level in Maine, MSAD #1 will no longer be updating the community regarding case counts through a weekly memo. The COVID Dashboard on the district website,  https://sad1.org/covid-dashboard/ will continue to be updated in order to provide an accurate number of active cases in the district each day.

Please remember to keep your child home if he or she is not feeling well and reach out to MSAD #1 Health Service Director, Lisa Mckenna, at mckennal@sad1.org for additional guidance prior to returning to school.

Sincerely, 

Ben Greenlaw

Superintendent