To: MSAD 15 Community
From: Craig King, Superintendent
Date: February 7, 2021
Re: Positive COVID-19 Cases
This memo is to inform you about changes to remote status at the middle and high school, changes to our athletic and co-curricular activities, and about additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported today.
COVID-19 Cases Requiring Close Contact Tracing and Quarantine:
— Two individuals connected to the blue cohort at Gray-New Gloucester Middle School have tested positive for COVID-19. School officials have been in contact with Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention representative at the Maine Department of Education who determined there were potential exposures requiring quarantine on February 5, 2021. Four students and two staff members will be impacted by this quarantine. School nurses and administrators have contacted those students and staff with further details. Those calls are complete. If you have not received a call or a message, then you/your student are not impacted by this exposure.
One individual connected to the red cohort at Gray-New Gloucester High School has tested positive for COVID-19. School officials have been in contact with Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention representative at the Maine Department of Education who determined there were potential exposures requiring quarantine on February 4, 2021. 21 students and two staff members will be impacted by this quarantine. School nurses and administrators are contacting those students and staff with further details. Those calls are complete. If you have not received a call or a message, then you/your student are not impacted by this exposure.
COVID-19 Case Not Requiring Quarantine:
— An individual associated with MSAD 15 has tested positive for COVID-19. Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (MeCDC) representative at the Maine Department of Education (MDOE) has confirmed that these individuals were not physically present in school during the infectious time periods. The last time this individual was physically present in our schools was February 1, 2021. As such, there are no reportable close contacts with these individuals in our schools.
High School Moving to Remote Instruction February 8-12, 2021:
— The high school will move to remote instruction from February 8-12, 2021. Moving to remote instruction is necessary due to critical staffing shortages due to quarantine, illness, or other reasons. Students should follow their regular red and blue daily schedules. The administration will be communicating a plan for the laptop/iPad exchange in the Patriot Express sent later this afternoon.
Select Middle School Teams Moving to Remote Instruction:
— Some teams at the middle school may go remote for a small period of time. This is due to the number of staff needing to quarantine for professional and/or personal exposures. Principal Rick Benoit will be in touch directly with the families and students on those teams with more information and details. If you do not receive a communication from Mr. Benoit by 6:00 pm today about a period of remote learning, then your student’s team is not impacted and your student should report to school as usual.
MSAD 15 Athletics and Co-Curricular:
— From personal observation, I know students and coaches have respected and followed the COVID-19 guideline expectations for after school activities. Unfortunately, through no one’s fault, we will have to suspend some of these activities.
- All in-person athletic and co-curricular activities will be suspended through Friday, February 12, 2021.
- All indoor, in-person athletics and co-curriculars will be suspended from now until we return to school after February break.
- Outdoor in-person athletic and co-curricular activities may resume on Saturday, February 13, 2021.
- At this time, we plan to resume all in-person athletic and co-curricular activities on Monday, February 22, 2021.