Dear BRES Families, 

This letter is to inform you that individuals associated with the Boothbay Region Elementary School recently tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). If you or your child has been identified as a close contact with the person who tested positive, you will be contacted within 24-48 hours. Because of the safety protocols, we have in place (masking, distancing, sanitizing, etc…) we are hopeful that there will not be additional cases. 

As a result of the positive cases, we have multiple students who are close contacts. School officials are monitoring this situation in collaboration with the CDC and will alert our community if there are any changes to our current status. 

Please monitor yourself and your children for signs and symptoms. Call a health care provider if symptoms start. It is important that you call a healthcare facility before you show up for a test in person. Stay home if you are sick. It is important that you complete a self-screener with your children daily before coming to school. 

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that ranges from mild to severe. It can be more severe in adults 60 years and older and in those with underlying conditions. The virus mainly spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes and an uninfected person breathes in the virus. Signs and symptoms include:

Fever or chills                                                                               New loss of taste or smell      

Cough                                                                                                Sore throat

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing             Congestion or runny nose

Fatigue                                                                                               Nausea or vomiting

Muscle or body aches                                                            Diarrhea



Please keep in mind that many things can cause respiratory illness, so students and staff should be up-to-date on influenza and routine vaccinations.

Maine CDC recommends preventive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures include proper handwashing with soap and warm water, which is especially important after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. When soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

The district is not at liberty to divulge specific information about the person who tested positive. As a community, we need your help to make sure this situation is not played out on social media. Be respectful of one another in your communications and be mindful of the factual information. 

Contact details for more information 

● For general COVID-19 questions, dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695). You can also text your ZIP code to 898-211 or email info@211maine.org.

 ● For questions about your symptoms, call a healthcare provider. More information can be found at www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus 

● Questions specific to the Boothbay Region Elementary School can be directed to:

Our school nurse at kschwehm@aos98schools.org  (school nurse) or our principal, Mrs. Kurr at skurr@aos98schools.org (school principal). 

I understand that this is unwelcome news. We will continue to keep you informed as we have updates. 


Shawna M. Kurr