MARS HILL, Maine — Students will not attend SAD 42 schools in person for the rest of the week after a member of their school community came in contact with someone infected with COVID-19, Superintendent Elaine Boulier said in a letter to parents on Wednesday.
Boulier said the closings came after a community member who tested positive for the virus came in contact with a staff member. She did not disclose the staff member’s name for privacy reasons, but said that the person was quarantining for 14 days and awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
“We do not have a positive case in the school,” Boulier said. “We closed for three days out of precaution.”
District custodial staff spent time Wednesday sanitizing Fort Street Elementary School and Central Aroostook Junior-Senior High School. Teachers were in the building on Thursday and will resume teaching remotely to students from classrooms on Frida.
The district is aiming to have students return to in-person classes on Monday, Boulier said.
The closures come amid multiple COVID-19 incidents in County school districts: SAD 1 announced earlier this week that an individual associated with Presque Isle High School had tested positive. And on Wednesday, Caribou High School, Limestone Community School and Caribou Technology Center announced they would be going into remote learning mode until Nov. 18 after two COVID-19 cases were confirmed at the technology center.
In the letter, Boulier said the district’s nurse was in contact with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention about the incident.
Later on Wednesday, the district announced that it would deliver lunch to students on Thursday and Friday as they learned remotely.