Vaccine and Holbrook Outbreak notice

TO: RSU 63 PARENTS and STAFF

FROM:  SUSAN SMITH, SUPERINTENDENT/DIRECTOR of CURRICULUM & INSTR.

RE: VACCINES and OUTBREAK STATUS

DATE:  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2021

We have been working with other organizations in our area to provide a vaccine clinic for students ages 5 to 11.  Penobscot Community Health Care will be holding a clinic for RSU 63, AOS 47, and Brewer students on Saturday, November 13th from 10:00am until 12:00pm in the Performing Arts Center at the Brewer Community School.  Attached is the required consent form and fact sheet. 

Today, we received notice from the Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC) that the Holbrook School has three people from different families who have tested positive for COVID-19 over a fourteen-day time period. This means the Holbrook School has officially met the definition of an “outbreak.”  The outbreak status is removed once we have gone 28 days without a positive case.  Working with the CDC, we will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation.   

We also received word this morning that all our pool tests from Tuesday are negative.  We will continue with pool testing, universal masking, physical distancing, and hand sanitizing to help mitigate the virus. 

Please continue to monitor for symptoms of infectious illness, such as the flu or COVID-19.  Students, staff, and visitors who have symptoms should stay home and contact their healthcare, regardless of vaccination status. Staying home when sick is essential in preventing spread to others.

  1. The following questions are used for screening for school attendance:
    1. Within the past 24 hours have you had a fever (100.4 and above) or used any fever reducing medicine?
    2. Do you feel sick, have vomiting, diarrhea, or a sore throat?
    3. Have you been told to stay home and isolate/quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure?

If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes,” stay home! Contact your health care provider.

For general COVID-19 questions, dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695). You can also text your ZIP code to 898-211 or email info@211maine.org. Call a health care provider for questions about your symptoms. More information can be found at www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

Thank you for your help.