Dear RSU #34 Community,
Throughout the day today (Monday, Jan. 4th), a number of families have let us know of exposures to COVID-19 that occurred outside of school during the holidays. Some of these are confirmed positive cases through testing, others have not yet been detected by testing but are very likely COVID-19. We greatly appreciate being quickly brought into the loop so we can assist with contact tracing to keep our school community safe.
At this time, it appears that all families have appropriately quarantined and there have not been any exposures at school today.
As you know, there is currently widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in Maine and the United States, and Penobscot County is being closely monitored due to a high case positivity rate. We urge all of our school community to continue erring on the side of caution, being diligent in our adherence to safety measures and vigilant in our daily screening in order to keep the spread of COVID-19 slow. Please continue acting with a great abundance of caution if you or a family member present with symptoms similar to COVID-19.
Our daily screening questions for all who enter our schools are on our COVID-19 page at rsu34.org (http://rsu34me.apptegy.us/o/rsu-34/page/covid19--2). Please be sure to carefully look back and consider ALL close contacts during the school vacation. Our updated quarantine requirements are posted at the same page, along with the weblink to our COVID hotline (you can also call 827-7171, option zero). Please don’t hesitate to use the COVID hotline to let us know of positive or suspected cases of COVID-19 in our school community so we can take appropriate steps. If you need general guidance, please call the state of Maine’s help line at 211, or email that helpline: email@example.com
THANK YOU so much for your tremendous hard work to keep our students, staff, and schools safe!
Direct link to screening questions: https://www.maine.gov/.../inl.../Pre-Screening%20Tool_11.pdf view image
Covid-19 is a respiratory illness that may range from mild to severe. Some people may be asymptomatic (no symptoms at all,) but may still test positive. Covid-19 may be more severe in adults 60 years and older and anyone with underlying health conditions. The virus mainly spreads through droplets and aerosols, such as when an infected person coughs or sneezes and an uninfected person breathes in the virus. Signs and symptoms of Covid-19 may include: Fever or chills, new or uncontrollable cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, and nausea/vomiting/diarrhea. The Maine CDC recommended preventative measures to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. This includes: · Wearing a mask in public and increased hand hygiene measures. · Washing your hands with soap and warm water after using the bathroom, before and after eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. · When soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% 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 and disinfect your hands afterwards. · Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaner or wipe.