An Important COVID-19 Message from Mr. Shorey

January 12, 2021

Dear Families, Students, and Staff,

This letter is to inform you that an individual associated with Foxcroft Academy has tested positive for COVID-19. Our response team has taken steps 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 Monday, January 11, 2021.  Students and staff that need to be quarantine will be contacted directly by school personnel early tomorrow morning.  At this time, Foxcroft Academy will be closed on Tuesday, January 12th through Monday, January 25th, 2021. Remote learning will continue through this period, and students can contact Mrs. Tammy Smith or Mr. Tim Smith if they need books, iPads, and other school material to be delivered to their home.  Soon, take-home breakfast and lunch will be made available for pick up, and this information will be forthcoming.

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                                                              ●new loss of taste/smell

            ●cough                                                                        ●congestion / runny nose

            ●shortness of breath/difficulty breathing                 ●nausea/vomiting

            ●fatigue                                                                      ●diarrhea

            ●muscle/body aches                                                 ●sore throat

            ●headache

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 preventive 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

If you have questions for the school nurse, you can call 564-8351 and ask for Mrs. Gilbert or email her at judy.gilbert@foxcroftacademy.org.

Sincerely,

Arnold Shorey, Head of School

Foxcroft Academy

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