1/12/2022: Maine CDC updates the Standard Operating Procedures for responding to a positive COVID-19 case in schools.

Searsport  ‚óŹ  Stockton Springs  

Office of the Superintendent

6 Mortland Road

Searsport, ME 04974

 

January 12, 2022

Dear Families and Staff,

On January 12, 2022, The Maine CDC released a revised Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Responding to a Positive Case in Schools - dated January 11, 2022. 

https://www.maine.gov/doe/covid-19/sop

The Maine CDC stated the COVID-19 Omicron variant has reduced the value of contact tracing and districts that enforce a universal masking policy may choose to suspend contract tracing.

RSU #20 has a universal masking policy in place and will suspend contact tracing in order to focus on COVID-19 measures, such as pooled testing, to keep students and staff in the classroom.

RSU #20 Pooled testing: https://www.rsu20.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=2241259&type=d&pREC_ID=2252233

Please continue to use the Pre-Screening Tool and if your student is feeling ill, please keep them home and have them tested for COVID-19.

Maine Department of Education Pre-Screening Tool: https://www.maine.gov/doe/sites/maine.gov.doe/files/inline-files/Maine%20DOE%20Pre-Screening%20Tool%20for%20School%20Attendance%2010.19.2021_1.pdf

Sincerely,

Chris Downing

Superintendent of Schools RSU 20