MEMO: Positive COVID Cases – November 29, 2021

November 29, 2021

Dear Students, Families, and Staff, 

We have been made aware that over the Thanksgiving holiday as well as today, 23 individuals in MSAD #1 have tested positive for the coronavirus.  Eight individuals affiliated with Presque Isle High School, six individuals associated with Mapleton Elementary School, five individuals affiliated with Pine Street Elementary School, two individuals associated with Zippel Elementary School, and two individuals associated with Presque Isle Middle School.  I am also writing to share how the district intends to communicate with the MSAD 1 community moving forward. 

Due to universal masking in our schools, students who were masked and within 3-6 feet of a positive case can continue to attend school.  We also had students and staff enrolled in pooled testing at each school which meant that we had 42 close contacts who were required to quarantine for 10 days.  

Members of the MSAD #1 Health Services department notified the students considered close contacts to the individuals who tested positive at each of the schools.  This includes close contacts who were masked and within 3-6 feet of the positive individuals as well as those who were enrolled in pooled testing and/or fully vaccinated.  If you have not been contacted, your student is not considered a close contact.  

The decision to keep our schools open for in-person instruction will be based on having adequate staffing in each of our buildings and the fact that the virus is not being transmitted within our schools.  We continue to have the staffing necessary to effectively transport, educate and feed our students and are not seeing evidence of the virus being transmitted within our schools.  The cases we are seeing are examples of the virus being brought into our schools from the community.  As a result, all MSAD 1 schools will remain open for in-person instruction.  

COVID Communication

 I will no longer be sending a memo to the MSAD 1 community when we have 3 or more cases in one day.  Instead, I will update the MSAD 1 community at the end of each week regarding the number of positive cases and close contacts in each school.  My goal in doing this is to reduce the frequency of memos from my office while continuing to provide the information to the community.  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

We are currently experiencing high case counts in our community.  I would like to remind parents to keep their children home if they are experiencing high fever and other COVID-like symptoms and reach out to MSAD #1 Health Services Director, Lisa Mckenna at for additional guidance prior to returning to school.


Ben Greenlaw