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 is now on a fully remote schedule through Friday, April 2. However, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities will continue.
The person who tested positive was last present at EHS on Mar. 24 and is isolating under Maine Center for Disease Control guidelines. Contact tracing identified eight staff members and approximately 21 students as close contacts, all who now are required to quarantine for 10 days. All school areas where the individual was present have already been deep cleaned.
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, which is why after school activities can continue.
For students attending Hancock County Technical Center who are not required to quarantine, a transportation plan is being worked out for April 1 and April 2.
Ellsworth Elementary and Middle School remains on its hybrid schedule. The high school plans to return to its hybrid schedule on Monday, April 5.