March 15, 2021
Dear Staff, Students, and Families,
This letter is an update to an announcement from Sunday, March 14th. As you are aware a student has tested positive for COVID-19 at Maranacook Community Middle School. At this point contact tracing has been completed and all students and staff have been notified. Although we have had a short period of time without cases in the schools it is important to continue to practice all safety measures. 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.
With this in mind here is an update to our school buildings:
Maranacook Middle School will be remote all week and return to in person learning on Monday, March 22.
Readfield Elementary School will be returning to in person learning Tuesday, March 16, 2021.
Maranacook Community High School will be returning to in person learning Tuesday, March 16, 2021.
All other 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
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 Kristen Levesque, the principal or the school nurse by calling Maranacook Middle School at 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Superintendent of Schools