COVID-19 News and Plans

10/16/20 Subject: York County Moving Back To A Green Designation

Today the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Maine Department of Education announced that based on York County’s incidences of COVID-19, the county is moving back to a green designation according to its Health Advisory System Rating (red, yellow, green). As this was an additional, interim assessment, government agencies will resume their normal bi-weekly review next Friday.

Note: The change in rating does not affect the school department’s current hybrid learning model or individual school schedules. In addition, Coastal Ridge Elementary School remains closed for in-person learning through Thursday, October 22, 2020 to help prevent further spread of COVID-19.

The change back to a green designation will allow some sports to have in-person drills-and-skills. York High School Athletics Director and York Middle School Activities Coordinator are working closely with coaches to inform student athletes and their parents of next steps and schedules. York School Department teams at the high school and the middle school can expect to receive information about any in-person drills-and-skills from Jeff Oliver or Mike Luttrell this weekend or early next week. We also understand we will need to pause if York County moves back to a yellow designation next Friday. All other co-curricular activities will continue to meet virtually until further notice.

For any questions you have about COVID-19, we encourage you to call the Maine CDC hotline at 1-800-821-5821.

Kind regards,

Lou Goscinski, Superintendent

10/14/20 Questions About Close Contacts with Individuals Who Test Positive for COVID-19

I wish to thank all of you for your patience, support and understanding as we address COVID-19 in our school system. I have been working closely with YSD staff and the Maine CDC to address on-going concerns. The Maine CDC has provided the school department with a dedicated team to assist us in dealing with the four confirmed positive COVID-19 cases associated with our school system (three at CRES and one at YHS).

We are working in tandem with the Maine CDC team by providing them with all the information we have available to us. We depend upon their guidance and advice about the appropriate actions to take. I have been assured by the Maine CDC the York School Department is taking necessary and effective steps to track and mitigate the virus’s spread.

I have been hearing concerns about close contacts, including siblings, to individuals testing positive for COVID-19. When a student’s family or staff member is contacted by the Maine CDC about a positive case in the household, or to inform them that they have been identified as a close contact, the Maine CDC will provide full education surrounding an individual's specific needs, including requirements for siblings and others in the household.

Here are two Maine CDC resources that you may find valuable:

Who Should Isolate?

Who Should Quarantine?

The CDC has asked that I encourage you to contact the Maine CDC hotline at 1-800-821-5821. They will be able to answer any questions you have about COVID-19.

Kind regards,

Lou Goscinski, Superintendent