January 15, 2021
Dear Parents, Students, and Staff,
I am writing to inform you that the Maine Department of Education (MDOE) and Maine CDC have released their school instructional designation for the State of Maine today. Aroostook County has been labeled as Green, or recommended for full in-person instruction. As a result, MSAD #1 will continue to offer in-person instruction to our students as long as we have the available substitute staff members to cover for MSAD 1 staff in quarantine. The MDOE updates their instructional designation every two weeks. The next designation will occur on Friday, January 29.
I also wanted to make the community aware that we were notified of three additional individuals who tested positive for the coronavirus at Pine Street Elementary School. All three individuals have not been in school since Friday, January 8, and were not in school during their infectious period, per the Maine CDC. As a result, we do not have any additional close contacts at Pine Street among students or staff.
I continue to believe that in-person learning is best for our students. In-Person learning provides routine, structure, personal connection, meals, and increased academic and personal support for young people. We will continue to follow Maine CDC guidelines and monitor active cases in our community to keep our students and staff safe.
It is imperative that students and staff stay home when they are sick, maintain social distancing, and communicate with MSAD #1 Health Services Director, Lisa McKenna at email@example.com or 764-8105, if your child has tested positive for the virus or has been in contact outside of school with a positive case of the virus.
Best wishes and good health.