January 12, 2021 Update
January 12, 2021
Dear Staff, Students, and Families,
This afternoon I was notified of four confirmed case of COVID 19 in three of our district schools. This letter is to inform you that an individual associated with Marshwood Middle School, an individual associated with Central Elementary School and two individuals associated with Marshwood Great Works School have all tested positive for the COVID 19 virus. All school related close contacts have been notified.
In addition, we were notified today that due to the positive COVID 19 cases at Eliot Elementary School over the past three weeks, Eliot Elementary School is considered to be in outbreak status. As you are aware, a number of the cases occured during the winter break. Speaking with the Maine CDC the outbreak status at Eliot Elementary School does not warrant school closure. All cleaning protocols have been followed by the Eliot Elementary School Staff.
Maine CDC or a school representative will contact you directly if you are identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive. Close contacts will be asked to quarantine for 10 days from last exposure to the positive individual. The 10-day quarantine is a change in Maine Center for Disease Control protocols, as of Friday, December 4th, 2020. A negative test result does not get an individual out of quarantine.
We are informing you 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 health care facility before you show up in person. Stay home if you are sick.
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. Signs and symptoms include:
• fever or chills
• shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• muscle or body aches
• new loss of taste or smell
• sore throat
• congestion or runny nose
• nausea or vomiting
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 preventive 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 for the Marshwood Middle School can be directed to Principal Anthony Bourbon by calling (207) 439-1799, questions for the Central Elementary School can be directed to Principal Dr. Nina D’Aran by calling (207) 384-2333 and questions for the Marshwood Great Works School can be direct to Principal Jerry Burnell by calling (207) 384 – 4010. If you have health related questions, please contact your school nurse. For general COVID-19 questions, dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695). You can also text your ZIP code to 898-211 or email email@example.com. 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