ROCKLAND — Faced with COVID-19 outbreaks at both Oceanside High School and Middle School, the Regional School Unit 13 Board was scheduled to meet Sept. 27 to make changes to its health and safety protocols.

But Superintendent John McDonald said that after the meeting was publicized, a local epidemiologist contacted him and the doctor said the current standard operating procedures would be sufficient and there was no need to enact additional requirements.

Because of that advice, the meeting has been canceled.

The proposed changes would have require masks outdoors during recesses, required a vaccinated person to isolate if there was a positive case in their home, and required anyone who sat within six feet in a classroom of a positive case to isolate.

Superintendent McDonald said last week the extra steps were being proposed because of the increase in cases seen in the district.

“I don’t want to close schools,” McDonald said.

The district has had 24 cases since the start of school. All of last year, there were 69 cases.