COVID cases prompt closures

By Anne Berleant and Rebecca Alley 

ELLSWORTH – Students at Sumner Memorial High School are learning remotely this week following a case of COVID-19, according to an April 5 letter from Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) Superintendent Michael Eastman.

Students are scheduled to return to in-person learning Monday, April 12.

The letter states that an individual tested positive for the coronavirus, which has resulted in six staff members and 45 students from Sumner and Mountain View School needing to quarantine.

Mountain View did not switch to remote learning “as the exposure did not take place in the school building,” the letter reads. 

In Ellsworth, a positive COVID-19 test result from a person associated with Ellsworth High School was confirmed on Mar. 30, Superintendent Dan Higgins notified staff and parents. The school was on a fully remote schedule through Friday, April 2. 

The person who tested positive was last present at EHS on Mar. 24. Contact tracing identified eight staff members and approximately 21 students as close contacts. All were required to quarantine for 10 days. 

The fully remote schedule was put in place because of difficulties replacing the number of staff required to quarantine.

“The reason for moving to a fully remote instructional model is due solely to the lack of available substitutes to cover for quarantining staff,” Higgins wrote to parents and staff.

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