We are all facing unprecedented challenges as a result of this COVID-19 outbreak. RSU 12 is fortunate to have a strong team that knows the power of teamwork, grit, and compassion - for the wellbeing of our students, our families, and ourselves. These are the traits that will carry us through these uncertain times.
In the interest of safety and consistent with guidance from the Governor, RSU 12 has closed schools until April 27th. During this time, the administrative team will be reassessing the situation daily based on information from the State government, the Center for Disease Control, and conditions in Maine. Always, foremost in all of our minds is the safety of our students and staff. It is fair to say that we do not know how circumstances may change in the future. We must remain flexible and responsive to changing conditions. We will make every effort to communicate changes as soon as decisions have been made.
Stay up to date with notifications from RSU 12:
- On our website - www.svrsu.org
- On our app - In the App Store or In Google Play
- On Facebook - facebook/RSU12
- Superintendent COVID-19 Update #3 - 3/22/20
- Superintendent COVID-19 Update #2 - 3/16/20
- Superintendent COVID-19 Update #1 - 3/9/20
- Information about the reasons for Social Distancing during a Pandemic
- Maine Department of Education Commissioner Letter about the closure of schools
Free Meals for Children in the Community:
RSU 12 staff are preparing and delivering meals to children in the district under the age of 18. This includes pre-school aged children and high school students attending schools outside of the district. Meals include 7 breakfasts and 7 lunches each week. Meals are delivered every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. You may also pick up meals at an area school. Contact your child's school or the RSU 12 Central Office (207-549-3261) if interested.
Continued Learning Packets:
RSU 12 is sending home individualized Continued Learning Packets (CLPs) for students during the Friday morning bus runs. These packets are optional and provide opportunities for maintaining the skills already learned. If preferred, you may pick up your child's learning packet at the school. Contact your child's school for information about the pickup schedule or with any other questions.
What is COVID-19?
For some, the respiratory virus causes mild symptoms like the common cold or influenza (flu), for others it can cause severe pneumonia that requires medical care or hospitalization.
The virus is named "SARS-CoV-2" and the disease it causes is named "coronavirus disease 2019" (abbreviated "COVID-19").
What are the Symptoms?
Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Sore throat (in some patients)
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
Most patients experience mild symptoms and can recuperate at home, but others, particularly those with underlying medical conditions, may experience more severe respiratory illness.
How does it spread?
The virus appears to spread in similar ways to influenza (flu) and the common cold. This may include spreading through:
- The air by coughing and sneezing
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes
The virus can spread from person-to-person and in some locations there is apparent community spread, meaning some people are infected and are not sure how or where they became infected.
How can I help to prevent the spread?
There are simple steps you can take to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses such as influenza and the common cold:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Stay home while you're sick and avoid close contact with others
What should I do if I have symptoms?
Call ahead to a health care professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing. Tell your health care professional about any recent travel or contact with other COVID-19 cases. Your healthcare professional will work with Maine CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. More information is available on the U.S. CDC's What You Should Know page.
What is the situation in the U.S.?
For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.
- People in communities where ongoing community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated though still relatively low risk of exposure.
- Health care workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
- Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
- Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure.
Resources and Links:
- Maine Department of Education Newsroom - for updates and information from the Maine Department of Education.
- Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC)
- State of Maine Novel Coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) website - for resources and information specific to coronavirus in Maine.