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Indian Township School will close down for two weeks, becoming perhaps the first school in Maine that serves students in elementary or high school to shut down as a preventative measure against the spread of coronavirus.
According to Maine Indian Education Superintendent Linda McLeod, Indian Township school is the only one out of three tribal schools in the state that has announced the temporary closure, which goes into effect on Monday, March 16. The Penobscot Nation school at Indian Island and Beatrice Rafferty School, a Passamaquoddy school at Pleasant Point, remain open, she said.
The tribal organization in Indian Township is closing down completely as well, McLeod said.
A message sent Friday to Maine Department of Education to ask if any other primary or secondary school in the state has made plans to close temporarily to prevent possible spread of the coronavirus was not immediately returned. Indian Township Chief William Nicholas also did not respond to a request for comment.
The decision was made on the same day that Maine CDC announced the third presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in the state. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that spread across the world in a few months, causing a global pandemic, after originating in Wuhan, China.
The K-8 school will close at the end of the day on Friday, March 13 and will reopen on Monday, March 30. The school will provide students with hard copy take-home packets to enable continued learning.
It will also provide breakfast and lunch to students, but whether the school will deliver meals or will ask parents to pick them up has not been decided yet, McLeod said.
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