Milo, ME

Maine Elementary School Forced to Go Remote Due to COVID

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The small town of Milo, Maine in Piscataquis County has, unfortunately, been forced to switch its elementary school to remote learning due to COVID-19. Milo elementary school, which has about 172 students in grades Pre-K to 2nd grade, announced to parents on Sunday, September 11th that they would not be able to safely and efficiently staff the school due to the number of school staff COVID cases. The difficult decision was made to go remote until at least Wednesday, with the plan to start back at school tomorrow, Thursday, September 15th.

School staff who were not sick came in and made packets filled with at least a week's worth of work for the students to work on at home, and the school scheduled pick-up times for the parents to come and pick up the packets for their children. Bagged lunches were also made available if students needed them.

Unfortunately, the school had to announce today, September 14th, that they would have to stay at remote learning for the rest of the week and would not be able to return to in-person learning on Thursday the 15th as they had hoped for. The school is asking parents if students test positive for COVID or become symptomatic to email the school nurse and let them know the information.

Currently, in Maine, 75.7% of Maine residents are fully vaccinated. The Maine CDC has been investigating other outbreaks, but those outbreaks are at 26 different long-term care facilities located around the state. So far, at the beginning of a new school year, the schools haven't had big case numbers in school staff or students, with the exception of Milo Elementary.

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