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1/20/21 IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM MR. BRIGGS

January 20, 2021


Dear Staff, Students, and Families,

This letter is to inform you that on the afternoon of Wednesday, January 20, 2021, we were informed by the CDC that an individual associated with Winslow Jr. High School tested positive for COVID-19. As always, due to the health and privacy rights of the individual who tested positive, we will not be releasing his/her name.

Members of the nursing staff have completed their contact tracing and are in the process of calling the families of those students who are considered close contacts and who must quarantine out of caution. If you are not contacted by a member of the nursing staff by the end of the day, then your child is not considered a close contact.

All currently known close contacts, verified by the Maine CDC, will be contacted by a the nursing staff. If you have not been contacted you are not considered a close contact at this point. We will keep you updated on any other new close contacts as they occur.

As a result of this, the 7th grade programming at Winslow Junior High School will be fully remote on Thursday, January 21 and Friday, January 22. 7th grade students will return to in-person learning on Tuesday, 1/26/21. 7th grade students will follow the “RED” schedule posted on our website.

All other students (Grades 6 and 8) will continue with the hybrid model on Thursday, January 21. (Cohort -2)

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:


• new loss of taste or smell

• sore throat

• congestion or runny nose

• nausea or vomiting

• diarrhea

• fever or chills

• cough

• headache

• fatigue

• muscle or body aches

• shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Please, direct any questions to your building principal or school nurse.


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. Contact www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus for more information.

Thank you for your continued efforts in helping to keep our students and staff safe. We will keep you updated as new information becomes available.



Sincerely,

Mr. Briggs

Jason Briggs

Principal WJHS

30 Danielson Street

Winslow, ME 04901

872-1973

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Masks/face coverings are among the most critical components of risk reduction during COVID19 and we must be diligent with this step. Face coverings should cover your nose and mouth, and fit snugly against the sides of your face. Cloth face coverings should have multiple layers of cloth. Gaiters/buffs/bandana's are not acceptable face coverings. PK-12 Public Health Guidance (see page 6 of link).

Masks must be worn by all staff/students as outlined in the Winslow School Department Reopening Plan.. Exceptions can be made for students with a documented disability/health condition, which must be on file and accepted before an accommodation can be made. Students may be required to participate in the remote learning cohort if concerns regarding adherence to Maine law or in cases of an accommodation cannot be made.

If a student is wearing a face shield instead of a mask due to a documented medical/developmental issue, they can be in a classroom with others provided that they are able to maintain six foot distance from other students at all times. If they are not able to keep their distance then they should receive instruction in an alternate setting.

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