COVID-19 and RSU 12 Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services School Year 2021-2022
As of February 28, 2022, masks are optional for all students, staff, and visitors. Thank you for following our safety protocols. Please remember to be patient with each other. We have made and continue to make every effort to continue in-person learning.
Below is a chart showing a chart of new COVID positives by day districtwide. The data comes from a table which you can find if you scroll down.
RSU 12 COVID-19 Learning Plan School Year 2021-2022
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.
RSU 12 Health Screening - to be used as a self-screen before entering RSU 12 School buildings.
Standard Operating Procedures for Investigating and Responding to COVID19 in PreK-12 Schools (Updated 3/8/2022) -
This document explains how decisions are made regarding direct contacts, quarantine, and isolation.
Below is a list of COVID-19 Positive Cases in RSU 12 schools that resulted in possible exposure. This list was started on January 3, 2022
Distance Learning Family Survey - 4/14/20
Special Education Services:
See this letter to parents dated April 9, 2020 regarding Special Education Services. Questions can be directed to your child's case manager, to Delia Dearnley - Director of Special Education, or to Patricia Block - Assistant Director of Special Education.
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:
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.
Resources and Links:
Maine Department of Education Newsroom - for updates and information from the Maine Department of Education.
State of Maine Novel Coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) website - for resources and information specific to coronavirus in Maine.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Resources for Stress and Coping - an excellent resource for families dealing with this challenging time