December 1, 2020
Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff,
It has come to our attention that a staff member at Benton Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. Principal Wedge and Nurse Barton contacted Maine DOE’s Nurse Consultant Emily Poland today, and I spoke directly with a Maine CDC epidemiologist late this afternoon, both confirming the fact that no other individual associated with our schools is deemed a close contact. We are informing the school community for your awareness—fortunately in this case, the closure of school for the Thanksgiving break created this circumstance of no impact to others at Benton.
While we have no other positive cases at this time, we are observing an increase in the number of individuals not reporting to school because they have been identified as close contacts from exposure outside of our schools, or are experiencing other seasonal illness. As confirmed cases rise in Maine, it is important that we remain vigilant in our schools with adherence to physical distancing, mask wearing, hand hygiene, and careful self-monitoring of our health.
The safety of students and staff remains our priority, and our ability to remain open is reliant on the good health of all. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in these challenging times.
Stay safe and be well.
Superintendent of Schools