September 14, 2021
Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, and Families,
This letter is to inform you of the following new cases of COVID-19:
· One new case at Carl J. Lamb Elementary School
· One new case at Margaret Chase Smith School
· Five new cases at Sanford High School
School representatives have notified all known close contacts of the individuals and appropriate quarantine guidelines have been provided.
Sanford High School is now considered in “outbreak status” because there have been three epidemiologically linked positive COVID-19 cases there within a 14-day period. Based on recommendations from the Maine CDC, we are continuing to clean the school and classrooms to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
Please continue to monitor yourself and call a health care provider if you experience symptoms. Remember, it is important that students/staff stay home if they are sick. Together our preventative steps can protect the health of our students, school personnel and the Sanford community.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that ranges from mild to severe. 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
- Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Questions for the school can be directed to your building administrator. For general COVID-19 questions, dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695). You can also text your ZIP code to 898-211 or email email@example.com. 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 .
Matt Nelson, Superintendent of Schools