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COVID Update 1.20.22
COVID Update 1.20.22
Jim Chasse
Thursday, January 20, 2022

Dear Hawks, 

The virus has been changing and so have we.  Here are the updates on cases and protocol: 

PADS: 

22 Active Cases

1 Active Staff 

22 Cases over 6-10 day period (these are cases that come in and out of isolation)

A few pool tests remain not in for this week. 

HMS: 

11 Active Cases

2 Staff

8 Cases in 6-10 day period (these are cases that come in and out of isolation)

A few pool tests are not yet in for this week. 

HHS: 

7 Active Cases 

0 Staff 

28 Cases in 6-10 day period (these are cases that come in and out of isolation)

This week's pool test results have not yet arrived.

Central Office:

0 Active Cases 

0 cases in 6-10 day period

Pool Test is not yet in for this week.

Pool Tests: Today we received PADS and HMS, we are awaiting HHS and Central Office 

Protocol:  The state adjusted the SOP (6th change) recently which moves to 5 days of isolation for positive cases, removes quarantines for all students if a school is masking and now removes contact tracing.  

Recent updated SOP Here

Booster Clinic:  HHS will host a booster clinic in early February.  Sign-Up to come.  

Important Note to Families:

You can help your neighbor (classmates) by SCREENING FOR SYMPTOMS and staying home if any exist.  The good news is that the variant is weaker than the delta strand but is more contagious and more quickly progressing (less symptoms).  PLEASE have 24 hours without any cold-like symptoms before coming to school, or when returning between days 6-10 after testing positive. 

BiNax tests supply is very low at HSD.  This has caused us to focus on classroom testing based on positive pool tests and away from the morning drive-through testing and various unique situations.  Please look to your insurance company to order tests and or go to testing.gov (https://special.usps.com/testk...)

We have an order of 800 coming to the school within a week and we should be able to resume drive-up service for families.  There are testing sites at the Bangor Airport and various pharmacies.  

If you have questions please reach out to your school nurse or principal.  

I hope that we are reaching the peak of the variant with some light at the end of this tunnel. 

Please be kind to each other and love your neighbor.  Thank you for your teamwork.

Have a great weekend.   

Stay well.