St. John Valley

Van Buren District School going remote after staff member tests positive for COVID-19

Students attending Van Buren District School in SAD 24 will not return to in-person learning until Dec. 16 after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

The district dismissed students early on Friday after it learned a staff member had direct contact with a COVID-19 case. Custodial staff proceeded to disinfect the entire building, Superintendent Elaine Boulier said in a letter to parents.

On Saturday, Boulier said the individual in contact with a positive case had also tested positive, and that close contacts of the staff member with coronavirus would receive notifications in the next few days.

With 188 total cases, Aroostook County has the lowest COVID-19 rate of any county in Maine as of Dec. 5, though it has fewer total cases than three less populous counties (Sagadahoc, Lincoln and Piscataquis), according to Maine Center for Disease Control data. There are 68 active cases in The County.

As COVID-19 cases have risen across The County, so have school closings: SAD 45 and SAD 1 are among the school districts currently doing remote learning after cases within their walls. Limestone Community School also announced it would go remote for two days on Friday after an elementary school student was deemed a presumptive positive case.

Students from Van Buren, Hamlin and Cyr Plantation attend the K-12 Van Buren District School.

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