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Madawaska schools go remote after two at elementary school test positive for virus

MADAWASKA, Maine — Madawaska School Department students will move to a remote learning model on Friday, Dec. 18, after two individuals at Madawaska Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19. 

The individuals were last on the elementary school grounds on Tuesday, Dec. 15, according to a letter issued by Superintendent Ben Sirois.

To protect the privacy of the individuals who tested positive for the virus, Sirois did not indicate in the letter whether they are students or staff members. 

The individuals are currently in isolation and will not return to the school until medically cleared.

Madawaska schools were canceled on Thursday as school officials worked to assess the situation. 

“Our school nurses and administrative team are working diligently to identify anyone who had close contact with these individuals to determine if they might have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19,” Sirois said. “If you or your child are identified as having been potentially exposed, you will be contacted by someone from the school.”

Madawaska had moved to a hybrid learning model Dec. 10 due to a rise in COVID-19 cases in Aroostook County. 

“We are encouraged that our recent move to hybrid learning has helped to ensure that our staff and students are safe during this period of community spread of COVID-19,” Sirois said. 

SAD 27 schools moved to the remote learning model Dec. 8 after school officials learned of an outbreak of COVID-19 at a Fort Kent area business.  

As of Dec. 16, there were 194 active COVID-19 cases in Aroostook County,

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