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Update 9-2-2021

posted Sep 2, 2021, 8:18 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Sep 2, 2021, 8:30 AM ]
Here is an update from our Superintendent of Schools Benjamin Sirois regarding a positive result at MMHS.  Please read the following letter at

September 1, 2021

Dear Madawaska School Department Staff and Family Members,

This is a notification that we have learned one (1) individual associated with the Madawaska School Department has tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This positive test came from a positive pooled testing result. All of the individuals in that pool were brought in for the following testing and the positive individual was discovered. The individual was last at a school-sponsored activity on Tuesday, August 31. The individual is currently in isolation at home and will not return to school until they are cleared to do so by their Primary Care Physician or the CDC.

Although close contact is defined by the CDC as being “within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period”, the standard for close contacts in school is different for fully vaccinated individuals, individuals who have previously had COVID19, individuals in a pooled testing program, and/or individuals in a classroom when fully masked. Any individuals who may have come in close contact have been determined. Those who are vaccinated do not have to quarantine, and those in the pooled testing program can continue with school activities.

If you were not contacted yesterday, you or your child was not a close contact. The Madawaska School Department continues to support COVID19 vaccination and we also encourage families to enroll their children in the Pooled Testing program at your school. Please contact your
school nurse if you want more information on PooledTesting will go out soon to families. Staff are also encouraged to follow the same layered strategies to keep them at work.

We hope to continue working closely with the community on layered strategies to help keep all children in school during this period of high community transmission.


Benjamin Sirois Superintendent of Schools
Madawaska School Department