MEMO: COVID Update February 18, 2022

February 18, 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/.] Also, I want to announce recent changes to the Maine CDC’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for responding to a positive case in a school. Finally, there will be a  special meeting of the MSAD #1 Board of Directors to review the district’s universal masking policy. 

Twenty-four individuals in MSAD #1 have tested positive for the coronavirus since last week;  six individuals affiliated with Presque Isle Middle School, six individuals affiliated with Zippel Elementary School, five individuals affiliated with Pine Street Elementary School, five individuals affiliated with Presque Isle High School, and two individuals affiliated with Mapleton Elementary School. No students were required to quarantine as close contacts.

On Wednesday, February 16, the Maine CDC announced a significant change to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for schools when responding to a positive case of COVID.  The newly revised SOP removes the requirement for unmasked students to quarantine if they are considered a close contact. Previously, students and staff who were close contacts and not enrolled in pooled testing or fully vaccinated would be required to quarantine for 5 days in a school that did not require masks. 

Due to the decrease in cases in the district for the fourth consecutive week, the MSAD #1 Board of Directors will meet to consider discontinuing the district’s universal masking policy. The meeting will take place on Monday, February 28, at 5:30pm in the Presque Isle High School cafeteria.  If the MSAD #1 Board of Directors votes to discontinue masking in the district, masking indoors would be optional for all students and staff in MSAD #1 schools.

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