When students and teachers arrive at schools on Tuesday, they will be greeted to a sight they have not seen in almost two years! On Monday two local school districts made decisions that many parents and students have been begging to have happen for several months.
The debate of masking in schools has become a point of contention between parents and administrations throughout Aroostook County and beyond. Fort Fairfield (MSAD #20) has become the first school district in the County to make a change in their masking policies one week after the students return to school after the February school break.
January is supposed to be a month when everyone gets a fresh start as the new year begins, but in Maine there is very little refreshing about the long, cold, and blustery month. For many personal reasons the last two January's have been extremely challenging and taxing
As noted in the memo, the guidelines for contact tracing were recently changed by the Maine CDC and Department of Education. Schools that are requiring masks do not need to conduct contact tracing around those who have tested positive.
Just as vaccination rates are beginning to increase and local clinics are expanding, local schools are dealing with Covid-19 issues yet again. There are several Aroostook County communities with pockets of increased active cases.