MEDWAY, Maine — Medway Middle School will switch to remote learning starting Nov. 17 until Dec. 8 due to a positive case of COVID-19 at the school.
According to a letter to the community from school officials Monday, there are currently eight people who were in close contact with the staff member who tested positive and are quarantining at home. Four of the individuals self-isolating are students, and four are staff members.
The staff member who tested positive has last in school on Tuesday, Nov. 10, and started to feel sick the following day. They received a positive COVID-19 test result on Sunday, Nov. 15, when the letter to the school community was sent.
Because of Thanksgiving break and possible travel on the horizon, the school made the decision to keep students out of the classroom until after the holiday.
School officials will reevaluate if/when in-person instructions can resume around Dec. 8.
"Decisions like this do not come easy, but as has been said in the past, we always look at the safety of our students, staff, and community, as well as the education of our learners," Principal Alyssa Dickinson said in the letter. "This is a decision that allows us to meet both of those standards given our current situation."
Read the full letter to the community below.
A previous version of this story incorrectly stated there were nine cases of COVID-19 associated with the school, but has been corrected to say there is one positive case, and eight people in self-isolation.