January 10, 2021
Dear Students, Families, and Staff,
I am writing to inform you that a person associated with Pine Street Elementary School has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID 19). Members of the MSAD #1 Health Services department, as well as school representatives from Pine Street Elementary School, are in the process of notifying the students and staff who are considered close contacts to the person who has tested positive. If you are not contacted, your son or daughter is not considered a close contact and will not be required to quarantine.
Pine Street Elementary School will be closed on Monday, January 11, for cleaning and will reopen for in-person learning on Tuesday, January 12. There will be no remote or in-person learning at Pine Street on Monday, January 11. At this time we have enough substitute teachers to keep Pine Street Elementary School open for in-person learning beginning on Tuesday, January 12.
All other MSAD #1 schools will remain in session on Monday, January 11, with their regular schedules. No students or staff members in our other schools are identified as close contacts of the person who tested positive, and so the other MSAD #1 schools will remain open for in-person instruction.
MSAD #1 officials are in contact with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and are following the protocols and procedures outlined for schools to follow when a case of the coronavirus occurs in a school building. The CDC recommends that close contacts of a person who tests positive for the coronavirus quarantine for 10 days. The CDC also recommends that the members of Pine Street Elementary School who are not considered close contacts should monitor for symptoms but may resume normal daily activities.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that ranges from mild to severe. The virus mainly spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes and an uninfected person breathes in the virus. Signs and symptoms include:
• fever or chills • cough • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• fatigue • muscle or body aches • headache
• sore throat • new loss of taste or smell • congestion or runny nose
• nausea or vomiting • diarrhea
For general COVID-19 questions, dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695). You can also text your ZIP code to 898-211 or email email@example.com. Call a health care provider for questions about your symptoms. More information can be found at www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.
Please continue to take the necessary precautions against the coronavirus in order to reduce the spread of the disease. Feel free to reach out to MSAD #1 Health Services Director, Lisa McKenna at firstname.lastname@example.org, your child’s principal, or myself at email@example.com if you have any questions.