January 12, 2021
Dear Staff and Families,
This letter is to inform you that a student who attends Freeport High School recently tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The student was not at school when they tested positive, so there is no need for contact tracing.
In RSU5, we are now at 15 confirmed, and 3 probable for a total of 18 of our students having tested positive for Covid since the return to school in September. With the two staff members testing positive, we are at 20 total positive cases in RSU 5. In the past 14 days, we have had 4 positive student cases districtwide; 3 of which were at FHS. Seven of our eighteen student cases have been at FHS since September.
Cases in Maine are on the rise. I am imploring that our families try and restrict their child’s social gatherings as much as possible outside of school. While in school, we are practicing social distancing, mask wearing, and frequent hand washing, thus reducing transmission of the virus. I urge our families to follow the same protocols when their child is socializing outside of school, and to restrict the amount of time that they are together with friends.
Due to this latest case, we are having to move to remote learning temporarily at FHS for the remainder of the week. This will allow the school to be thoroughly sanitized and will ensure that our staff in quarantine will be back for the administration of midterms next week. Our staff in RSU 5 have been wonderful in covering for one another to prevent us from having to switch to remote learning. Unfortunately, we have reached the point at the high school where this has become unsustainable for our staff.
Please monitor yourself/your student for signs and symptoms. Call a health care provider if symptoms start. Stay home if you are sick. Principal Gulko will be sharing detailed information about the schedule for this week. After reviewing that information, any additional questions for the school can be directed to the school nurse, Emily Guyer, or Principal Gulko at Freeport High School. As always, thank you for your continued support as we navigate these pandemic times.
Becky Foley, Superintendent