Sanford school officials make last-minute changes to reopening plan after series of outbreaks in the city

School officials in Sanford are changing the plan for elementary students with just days to go before the first day of school after a teacher tested positive for COVID-19, as well as a series of outbreaks in the city.Twelve-hundred students in grades K through four will now report for in-person learning two days a week instead of five. According to Superintendent Matt Nelson, the teacher who tested positive was asymptomatic. Nelson said that teacher had not come in contact with students as the first day of school is Sept. 14.”We’re following all of the guidelines from the CDC and we feel like that’s not something that’s going to lead to an outbreak or more cases,” Nelson said.The teacher testing positive was not the only factor in the decision to change plans, Nelson said. He also pointed to the four active outbreak investigations in Sanford at the city’s fire department, the Calvary Baptist Church, the Lafayette Club and now the Sanford American Legion.The plan for middle and high school students does not change as they were always going to report to school for two days each week.”We’re still confident that if we bring our students back in small numbers — if we also follow the precautions that are in place between the face coverings, the social distancing, the hand-washing, the symptom checks — we’re confident that we can bring our students back safely even if that means bringing them back in smaller groups,” Nelson said.

School officials in Sanford are changing the plan for elementary students with just days to go before the first day of school after a teacher tested positive for COVID-19, as well as a series of outbreaks in the city.

Twelve-hundred students in grades K through four will now report for in-person learning two days a week instead of five.

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According to Superintendent Matt Nelson, the teacher who tested positive was asymptomatic. Nelson said that teacher had not come in contact with students as the first day of school is Sept. 14.

“We’re following all of the guidelines from the CDC and we feel like that’s not something that’s going to lead to an outbreak or more cases,” Nelson said.

The teacher testing positive was not the only factor in the decision to change plans, Nelson said. He also pointed to the four active outbreak investigations in Sanford at the city’s fire department, the Calvary Baptist Church, the Lafayette Club and now the Sanford American Legion.

The plan for middle and high school students does not change as they were always going to report to school for two days each week.

“We’re still confident that if we bring our students back in small numbers — if we also follow the precautions that are in place between the face coverings, the social distancing, the hand-washing, the symptom checks — we’re confident that we can bring our students back safely even if that means bringing them back in smaller groups,” Nelson said.