MEMO: COVID Update – December 3, 2021

December 3, 2021

Dear Students, Families, and Staff, 

I am writing to provide you with information related to COVID cases in the district.  I will be updating the community each Friday regarding case counts at each school as well as the total number of close contacts required to quarantine for 10 days. For up to date information regarding active cases in our schools as well as the number of students currently in quarantine, please visit our COVID Dashboard on our website at https://sad1.org/covid-dashboard/

Since my last memo to the community on Monday, Nov. 29, we have been made aware that 30 individuals in MSAD #1 have tested positive for the coronavirus.  Ten individuals affiliated with Presque Isle High  School, six individuals affiliated with Mapleton Elementary School, six individuals affiliated with Pine Street Elementary School, four individuals affiliated with Zippel Elementary School, and three individuals affiliated with Presque Isle Middle School.  57 close contacts were required to quarantine for 10 days.  

We were informed today by the Maine CDC that Presque Isle Middle School and Mapleton Elementary School are now considered to be in “outbreak status” by the Maine CDC since we have had 3 or more cases that were epidemiologically linked within the past 14 days.  Currently, 193 schools are considered to be in outbreak status in the State of Maine.  

We have seen a few examples this week of the virus potentially being transmitted at school.  This is something that we are watching closely as cases become more prevalent in our community.  We continue to have the staffing necessary to effectively transport, educate and feed our students.  The vast majority of cases we are seeing are examples of the virus being brought into our schools from the community.  

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