RSU 57 delays start of school due a positive COVID-19 case

A positive case of COVID-19 has delayed the start of the school year at RSU 57 in Waterboro.The news of that case broke Monday — just one day before the district planned to start school. Tuesday was supposed to be the start their back to school hybrid plan, with some students attending classes in person and others logging on remotely. But, after a member of the district transportation staff tested positive for COVID-19, they pushed back the start date to Sept. 14. The superintendent of schools for RSU #57 did not give any further details on the position of this transportation staff member. Dr. Nirav Shah, Maine CDC director, said: “In this setting we determined that the individual has not met the criteria to be a close contact.”In this case, Shah refers to close contacts as: “referring to individuals who may have been within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes if not more those individuals who are within those parameters are deemed close contacts.” Pushing back the start of the school year, means the kindergarten and pre-K screening will be delayed.The bus orientation for pre-K and kindergarten will also be delayed.There will be curbside meal pickup available at all of the schools on Sept. 8 and Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the front entrance of each school.Superintendent Larry Malone says the district plans to use this time to continue plans for in-person and remote learning and plan to update with a transition plan.

A positive case of COVID-19 has delayed the start of the school year at RSU 57 in Waterboro.

The news of that case broke Monday — just one day before the district planned to start school.

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Tuesday was supposed to be the start their back to school hybrid plan, with some students attending classes in person and others logging on remotely. But, after a member of the district transportation staff tested positive for COVID-19, they pushed back the start date to Sept. 14. The superintendent of schools for RSU #57 did not give any further details on the position of this transportation staff member.

Dr. Nirav Shah, Maine CDC director, said: “In this setting we determined that the individual has not met the criteria to be a close contact.”

In this case, Shah refers to close contacts as: “referring to individuals who may have been within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes if not more those individuals who are within those parameters are deemed close contacts.”

Pushing back the start of the school year, means the kindergarten and pre-K screening will be delayed.

The bus orientation for pre-K and kindergarten will also be delayed.

There will be curbside meal pickup available at all of the schools on Sept. 8 and Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the front entrance of each school.

Superintendent Larry Malone says the district plans to use this time to continue plans for in-person and remote learning and plan to update with a transition plan.