ELLSWORTH – Sports practices and other extra-curricular activities at Ellsworth High School were postponed Tuesday afternoon and students told to prepare for remote learning on Wednesday after an individual within the Ellsworth school system tested positive for COVID-19.
In a letter to staff and parents Tuesday, Superintendent Dan Higgins said that an individual associated with Ellsworth High School and Hancock County Technical Center recently tested positive. He did not specify whether the individual was a student, staff member or someone else associated with the schools.
“The individual who tested positive will remain in isolation and quarantine consistent with CDC guidelines,” Higgins said.
The superintendent said that the decisions to postpone afterschool activities Tuesday and close the EHS and HCTC buildings on Wednesday were made out of an “abundance of caution.” Switching to remote learning will allow staff to perform additional cleaning in areas where the infected person was present. Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School and the Ellsworth Adult Education program were initially scheduled to continue classes as regularly scheduled, but Higgins later announced that remote learning would be implemented Wednesday for those schools as well.
Students and staff at HCTC and EHS are expected to resume the normal hybrid learning schedule on Thursday, Oct. 22.
“There is a possibility that other staff or students came in contact with this individual and therefore may have been exposed to the virus,” Higgins stated. “Any individual who is determined to be a ‘close contact’ with the individual who has tested positive either has been contacted or will be contacted by school or local health officials. Close contacts will be directed to quarantine for 14 days from the last exposure to the individual who tested positive. A negative test result does not eliminate the quarantine requirement.”