A message from MSAD 35 MAINE
January 4, 2021
Dear Staff, Students, and Families,
This evening I was notified of a confirmed case of COVID 19 in one of our district schools. This letter is to inform you that an individual associated with Marshwood High School has tested positive for the COVID 19 virus. All close contacts are in the process of being contacted. Unfortunately, there are a large number of staff who have been identified as close contacts, and our capability to provide in-person instruction during the 10-day quarantine period may be in jeopardy.
Due to the timing of receipt of this information, I must, unfortunately, cancel school tomorrow, both in-person and remote, on Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 at Marshwood High School. We need more time to better understand the implications of those staff members who are considered to be close contacts and the ramifications of their potential absence from school. We will be working with the CDC as we manage this situation.
This is not an easy decision, but we must have an opportunity to determine if enough staffing will be available to provide in-person instruction. Principal Rob Scully will be sending out an additional communication tomorrow to provide an update on this emerging situation. It is my hope to return to our normal in-person instruction schedule on Thursday, January 7th, 2021.
There is a possibility that we may need to begin fully remote instruction on Thursday, January 7th, 2021 which will continue through Thursday, January 14th, 2021 with a return to our normal in-person learning beginning Friday, January 15th, 2021. This will only be if proper staffing cannot be provided for in-person instruction due to the number of staff close contacts who are identified. This situation is further complicated by 8 positive cases identified at Marshwood High School over the past 3 weeks, additional close contacts, and the spiking state and community positivity rates.
I understand the difficulty this may create for many of our families. Please understand this is not a decision that is made lightly. We will do our absolute best to navigate the impact of the pandemic and maintain a quality and nurturing learning environment.
I appreciate your understanding.
Superintendent of Schools