October 1, 2020


Dear RSU 12 Students, Families, Staff, and Community,

This letter is to inform you that one individual associated with Windsor Elementary School recently tested positive for COVID-19 while another individual is a probable case. After contact tracing, we have determined that there may have been limited exposure to individuals at all four schools in RSU 12. We are informing you out of an abundance of caution. Please monitor yourself/your student for signs and symptoms. Call a health care provider if symptoms start. It is important that you call a health care facility before you show up in person. Stay home if you are sick. 

Due to these circumstances, and out of an abundance of caution, RSU 12 will be implementing the following for Schools in RSU 12.

All schools in RSU 12 including Windsor Elementary, Whitefield Elementary, Palermo Consolidated, and Chelsea Elementary will do remote learning starting tomorrow, October 2nd through Tuesday, October 6th. Students will return to in-person learning on Wednesday, October 7th.

All schools and buses will be deep cleaned and we will monitor testing results. 

If your student came in direct contact with the individuals at Windsor Elementary School, then you will be contacted directly by the school by phone with directions to quarantine as we wait for more information.    

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that ranges from mild to severe. It can be more severe in adults 60 years and older and in those with underlying conditions. The virus mainly spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes and an uninfected person breathes in the virus. Signs and symptoms include:

  • fever or chills                                                                   

  • new loss of taste or smell

  • cough                                                                                             

  • sore throat

  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing            

  • congestion or runny nose

  • fatigue                                                                                             

  • nausea or vomiting

  • muscle or body aches                                                           

  • diarrhea

  • headache

Please keep in mind that many things can cause respiratory illness, so students and staff should be up-to-date on influenza and routine vaccinations.

Maine CDC or a school representative will contact you directly if you are identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive. Close contacts will be asked to quarantine for 14 days from last exposure to the positive individual. A negative test result does not get an individual out of quarantine.

Maine CDC recommends prevention measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures include proper hand-washing with soap and warm water, which is especially important after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. When soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Questions for individual schools can be directed to the building principal or the school nurse. For general district information, you can contact the RSU 12 Central Office. For general COVID-19 questions, dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695). You can also text your ZIP code to 898-211 or email info@211maine.org. Call a health care provider for questions about your symptoms. More information can be found at www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.



Howard Tuttle Superintendent, RSU 12