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Madawaska School Department
Maine School Administrative District 27 
Maine School Administrative District 33

Benjamin Sirois - Superintendent of Schools / Executive Director •
Gisèle Dionne - Assistant Superintendent of Schools • gdionne@vuesc.org
84 Pleasant Street • Fort Kent, ME 04743 • Voice: 207-834-3189 • Fax: 207-834-3395

March 9, 2020

Dear Valley Unified Parents, Guardians, Staff Members, and Students,

The recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) news has captured the attention of many, with the media covering every outbreak and every development around the world. Now, as the virus begins to make an impact here in the United States, it is important that we communicate with you the conversations and preparations we are making for our Valley Unified Schools.

The Valley Unified administrative team met last week to discuss a plan of action. Additionally, several key team members, including our school safety coordinators and school nurses have participated in a coronavirus webinar, sponsored by the Maine Department of Education. Using all of the information and resources that have recently come to us, a Valley Unified task team will begin meeting with local agencies, town officials, and others to discuss realistic school responses if an outbreak occurs in our region. We are also currently organizing a student connectivity survey to determine the percentage of our student population that have internet connectivity from home in the event that schools must be closed for extended periods of time.

The health and safety of our students and staff is our primary concern and we will plan accordingly, taking as many proactive measures as possible to have an appropriate response to a local threat. School administrators will be working with their school staff on appropriate student hygiene practices, such as washing hands and utilizing hand sanitizer. Resources will be going out to the families as well, so we can all help out. Our school custodial/maintenance staff are working diligently to disinfect and clean high traffic areas and those locations that students access most, utilizing “fogger” disinfection machines after school hours in classrooms and buses, and other areas of the school.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reminds us that the COVID-19 is spread from person-to-person, usually between people who are in close contact and through respiratory

droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms usually appear between 2 and 14 days after exposure. Fever, cough, and shortness of breath are the most common symptoms, similar to those symptoms that accompany the cold or flu. For more information go to: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html. We ask that you do your part in monitoring your child(ren)’s health. We ask that you do not send your child to school when fever is present, and work with your healthcare provider on symptoms that may resemble a cold, flu, or COVID-19.

Valley Unified is committed to keeping you updated on any new information we learn specific to COVID-19. As new information comes to us, we will share it with you. Please check back regularly on our school websites, or go to https://valleyunified.blogspot.com/for the most up to date releases of new information.


Benjamin Sirois
Superintendent of Schools
Valley Unified Education Service Center 

Vincent Vanier,
Mar 9, 2020, 11:23 AM