Waterborough-based district delays start of school year

The Superintendent of Waterborough-based RSU 57 announced on Monday that school starts would be delayed by a week and that a person associated with the district’s Department of Transportation has tested positive for COVID-19.

The district planned to make a staggering start to the school year with some grades attending the first day of in-person classes on Tuesday. Superintendent Larry Malone said in a letter to students and families that school would be delayed until Sept 14 for both remote and personal students.

RSU 57, the latest York County school district to revise its new plans as new guidance was issued by the Department of Education of Maine on Friday indicating increased risk of COVID-19. The reopening of the Adopting System at its color-coded school comes as York County’s recast “yellow” as the county has had five outbreaks in the past two weeks, seen an increase in cases per capita and currently 1.8 The percentage has a positivity rate – the time of the three state averages.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring several outbreaks in York County, including a major outbreak at the York County Jail where 72 cases have been filed, and the Sanford Fire Department and Calve Baptist Church in Sanford Has small outbreaks. The church’s pastor, Todd Bell, was in the Millincet area at a wedding and reception last month, which has since been linked to three deaths and 147 cases around the state, including jails.

On Friday, the Superintendent of Sanford Schools announced that they reverted the school’s start on September 14 due to increased levels of community exposure and community broadcasting. The Wells-Ogunquit Community School District revised its reopening plan to wait until September 21 to return all students within five days per week. Instead students will participate in small groups until 21 September.

Malone said a person associated with the Department of Transportation recently tested positive for COVID-19.

“It is important to note that the Maine CDC has determined the person not to be ‘close contact’ through the contact contact process,” Malone said in the letter.

Malone asked parents to monitor themselves and children for symptoms of COVID-19 and to call the health care provider if they are experiencing symptoms.

Malone said a detailed reopening plan was forthcoming. Meanwhile, the Department of Technology will work to deliver student devices to support distance education.

Curbside meal pickup will be available at all schools on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 am to 1 pm. The pick-up will be near the entrance of each school and families must stay in their cars while they are assisted by nutrition staff.

Pre-K and kindergarten screening and school bus orientation are delayed until further notice.

RSU 57 includes Waterboro, Alfred, Limerick, Lyman, Newfield and Shapleigh.

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