May 18, 2021

Dear Staff, Students, and Families,

This letter is to inform you that a student from Manchester Elementary School recently tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This individual has not been at school this week but based upon guidance from the CDC contact tracing is necessary and will require some students to quarantine. School contact tracing has been completed at this time. We wanted to inform the communities out of an abundance of caution. Please monitor yourself/your student for signs and symptoms. Call a health care provider if symptoms start. It is important that you call a healthcare facility before you show up in person. Stay home if you are sick.

Manchester elementary school will continue to be open to in-person learning for those students who are not under quarantine protocols. All RSU 38/Maranacook Area Schools will continue to run as scheduled.  

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that ranges from mild to severe. It can be more severe in adults 60 years and older and in those with underlying conditions. 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                                                                              • new loss of taste or smell

  • cough                                                                                              • sore throat

  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing           • congestion or runny nose 

  • fatigue                                                                                             • nausea or vomiting

  • muscle or body aches                                                         • diarrhea

  • headache

Please keep in mind that many things can cause respiratory illness, so students and staff should be up-to-date on influenza and routine vaccinations.

Maine CDC recommends prevention measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures include proper hand-washing with soap and warm water, which is especially important after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. When soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Questions can be directed to Abbie Hartford, the principal or the school nurse by calling the following number Manchester Elementary School 685-4923.  For general COVID-19 questions, dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695). You can also text your ZIP code to 898-211 or email Call a health care provider for questions about your symptoms. More information can be found at or


James Charette

Superintendent of Schools