Regional School Unit No. 56
147 Weld Street, Dixfield, Maine 04224
Phone: (207)562-4300 - Fax: (207)562-6075
Pam Doyen, Superintendent of Schools
December 9, 2020
Dear Staff, Students, and Families,
Multiple individuals associated with the RSU 56 school system, specifically grade 3 at Dirigo Elementary School, recently tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, other students and employees across the district are displaying symptoms and getting tested. There is a possibility that other staff or students came in contact with these individuals and therefore may be exposed to the virus. Out of an abundance of caution, the RSU 56 schools will be closed to students for 14 days. All students will be receiving remote instruction during the next two weeks. Unless otherwise advised, in-person learning will resume after the holiday break on January 4. 2021.
A school representative will contact you directly if you or your children are identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive. Close contacts will be asked to quarantine for 14 days from last exposure to the positive individual. A negative test result does not get an individual out of quarantine.
In terms of meals, please utilize your students' storm pack for Thursday, December 10. For those students signed up for meal deliveries, food deliveries will occur on Friday, Dec. 11, Tuesday, Dec. 15, Thursday Dec. 17 and Monday, Dec. 21.
Please monitor yourself/your student for signs and symptoms. Call a health care provider if symptoms start. It is important that you call a healthcare facility before you show up in person. Stay home if you are sick.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that ranges from mild to severe. It can be more severe in adults 60 years and older and in those with underlying conditions. The virus mainly spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes and an uninfected person breathes in the virus. Signs and symptoms include:
Less Common Most Common
Runny nose/congestion Shortness of breath
Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea New loss of taste or smell
Muscle pain Fever (100.4 degrees or higher)
Fatigue Sore Throat
Please keep in mind that many things can cause respiratory illness, so students and staff should be up-to-date on influenza and routine vaccinations.
Maine CDC recommends prevention measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures include proper hand washing with soap and warm water, which is especially important after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. When soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Questions for the district can be directed to Pam Doyen by calling 207 562-4251. For general COVID-19 questions, dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695). You can also text your ZIP code to 898-211 or email firstname.lastname@example.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.
Pam Doyen, Superintendent