March 30, 2021

 Dear Staff, Students, and Families,

 I am writing to inform you of two positive cases of COVID-19 at Benton Elementary School.  The Maine CDC and the MDOE were notified, and staff have completed contact tracing. Thirty-three students and seven staff members are identified as close contacts.  However, the school will remain open because the school has sufficient staff to operate. At this time, there are no other cases to report.

We are notifying the community in an effort to keep those associated with Benton Elementary School informed, and to clarify the information we have at this time. We are experiencing more cases than have been recently reported. Please continue to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, call a health care provider if symptoms start, and stay home if you are sick. 

 Thank you for your cooperation and continued vigilance. 

 Stay safe and be well.

 Roberta Hersom

Superintendent of Schools