SAD 33 to move to remote learning model following COVID-19 outbreak at local business
ST. AGATHA, Maine — Students in SAD 33 schools will move to a remote learning model next week in response to an outbreak of COVID-19 at an area business.
No students or staff in SAD 33 are known to have tested positive for the virus, and the decision to move to remote learning is out of precaution, according to a letter by Superintendent Ben Sirois.
The decision comes just one day after the Madawaska School Department moved to remote learning after individuals associated with Madawaska Elementary School tested positive.
These positive cases are associated with the outbreak at the unidentified business, Sirois said.
“These individuals are associated with a local employer outbreak, which has a scope that is unknown at this time, but many employees are currently being tested as close contacts to infectious individuals,” Sirois said.
School will be canceled on Friday for SAD 33 students to allow educators to prepare for remote learning, which will begin on Monday.
The SAD 33 schools, located in Frenchville and St. Agatha, are Dr. Levesque Elementary School, St. John Valley Technology Center and Wisdom Middle/High School.