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Warren Community School deals with COVID-19 exposure

By Christine Simmonds | Oct 08, 2020
Photo by: Mika Baumeister

Warren — RSU 40 confirmed two individuals associated with Warren Community School have tested positive for COVID-19.

A message went to parents and guardians via Parent Square from Principal Justin Catapano-Kangas Oct. 7 at 11:49 a.m. A second letter was sent Oct. 8.

“There is a possibility that other staff or students came in contact with this individual and therefore may be exposed to the virus,” the first message says. “We are informing you out of an abundance of caution.”

The messages ask adults to monitor their families for symptoms of the virus, and stay home if anyone is sick.

Kangas confirmed the contents of the first message in a phone call Oct. 7. He said the school is working with the Center for Disease Control to identify the families who may have been exposed through the individual. Those families have been contacted by the school.

Those who were exposed are asked to quarantine for 14 days from their last contact with the positive individual. According to the messages on Parent Square, “a negative test result does not get an individual out of a quarantine.”

Kangas could not confirm the relationship between the individual who tested positive and the school.

He said RSU 40 and the CDC have done an “awesome job” dealing with this, and added he was grateful to have his staff working with him.

On Oct. 8, a second letter went out on Parent Square confirming that a second individual associated with the school has tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the letter, all affected families have been contacted and asked to quarantine.

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