Letter from the Superintendent 11-17-20

BRUNSWICK SCHOOL DEPARTMENT
Office of the Superintendent
46 Federal Street
Brunswick, Maine  04011
Telephone (207) 319-1900
Fax (207) 725-1700
November 17, 2020
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Dear Staff, Students, and Families:

This letter is to inform you that a student from Brunswick Junior High School has tested positive for Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The positive test result was reported to the school nurse on November 17th at 9:20 a.m. We are informing you out of an abundance of caution. 

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:

  • fever or chills       new loss of taste or smell

  • cough       sore throat

  • shortness of breath or difficult breathing       congestion or runny nose

  • fatigue       nausea or vomiting

  • muscle or body aches       diarrhea

  • headache 

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.

  • A school representative will contact you directly if you are identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive.  

  • The Maine CDC may also contact you.

  • 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.

Maine CDC recommends prevention measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  These measures include proper handwashing 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 are 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 school can be directed to:

 Principal Mandy Lewis  or, Jennifer Bowdish, School Nurse at 319-1930.  

For general COVID-19 questions, dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695).  You can also text your ZIP code to 898-211 or email info@211maine.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

Sincerely,

Phillip J. Potenziano

Phillip J. Potenziano, Ed.

Superintendent of Schools

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