Dear Families, Students and Staff:

This letter is to inform you that an individual associated with SeDoMoCha has tested positive for COVID-19. We were notified Wednesday night. We have taken steps with our response team to follow Maine CDC and DOE guidelines to notify staff and students as appropriate. We believe it best to share what we can with our entire community. Here are some details:

The individual who tested positive was last in attendance at the school on Friday, November 6th, 2020.  Nine (9) students who attend SeDoMoCha and six (6) staff members are now in quarantine. Students and staff in quarantine will be contacted directly by CDC contact tracers and school personnel. At this time, the entire SeDoMoCha building will be closed on Thursday, November 12 and Friday, November 13, 2020.  Students in the elementary school can use their emergency bags and the middle school Cohort B students can work online using their current schedule for classes.

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 health conditions. The virus mainly spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes and an uninfected person breathes in the virus. Signs and symptoms include:

  • fever/chills
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • muscle/body aches
  • headach
  • new loss of taste/smell
  • congestion/runny nose
  • nausea/vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • sore throat

Please keep in mind that many things can cause respiratory illness, so students (and staff) should be up-to-date on influenza and routine vaccinations.

Maine CDC recommends prevention measures to help control the spread of COVID-19. These measures include proper handwashing with soap and warm water, which is especially important after using the bathroom, before/after eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. When soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

General questions regarding COVID-19 can be answered by calling 1-866-811-5695, you can text your zip code to 898-211, or email at info@211maine.org or by calling your primary care provider.  More information can be found at www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

Questions for the school can be directed to the superintendent’s office by calling 564-6535 option 5 or directed to the school nurse, Courtney Arcaro, at 564-6535 ext. 1106.

Sincerely,
Stacy Shorey
Superintendent of Schools