SAFETY MEASURES THAT ARE IN PLACE AT SCHOOL
These measures are taken from the Five Town CSD/MSAD 28 2021-22 School Year Plan,
adapted for Adult Education.
Daily Health Screening
Although we are not using the app MyMedBot this year, we need students, instructors, and
staff to do a daily Pre-Screening prior to accessing district schools and property. Please see
Appendix A for a copy of the screening document. Basically, if you feel unwell at all, please
With the highly contagious Delta variant spreading and children under 12 still ineligible for
vaccination, the CDC has recommended that all students and staff members wear masks in
1. Masks will be required indoors for ALL staff and students, regardless of vaccination
status. The only exceptions include the following:
a. While eating or drinking. During meals, students will be masked until they begin
eating and will mask back up as soon as they finish eating.
b. Teachers will schedule regular “face mask breaks”. When they do so, students
and staff should try to remain 6 feet apart from one another if indoors (ideally it
will be outside).
c. When adults are in their own office or classroom, by themselves, or with a small
group of fully vaccinated adults.
2. Masks will not be required outdoors but are certainly optional.
3. Face coverings should cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of
4. Cloth face coverings should have multiple layers of cloth. For additional information
about face coverings, review U.S. CDC guidance on how to make cloth face coverings,
wear and remove masks/face coverings, and wash cloth face coverings.
5. Face coverings should not have ventilators or other holes and must otherwise comply
with school appropriate dress codes.
6. Safe processes for swapping out masks that become damp or soiled during the day will
7. Cloth masks should be washed daily.
8. Additional safety precautions may be used for school nurses when a nurse is tending to
a sick person. These precautions may include eye protection, an N95 mask or a surgical
mask, and/or gown.
Students and adults are encouraged to maintain 3-foot distancing as feasible while indoors.
All students and staff will be required to exercise hand hygiene (hand washing or hand
sanitizer) upon arrival to school, before and after eating, and after using the restroom.
Cleaning and Disinfection
Custodians will conduct cleaning of high touch surfaces throughout the school day, and
thoroughly clean the building at the end of each day.
Ventilation and Outdoor Spaces
1. Five Town CSD and MSAD #28 contracted out to have a ventilation inspection of every
room in our buildings and we are working over the summer to address any issues in
order to optimize the strong systems we have in place. Staff are encouraged to keep
windows and doors open while weather permits.
1. Under the DHHS Declaration of Public Health Emergency, Maine schools are required to
collect the vaccination status of all employees and report de-identified rate information
to Maine public health officials monthly. We will comply with this mandate.
2. Five Town CSD and MSAD 28 will also continue to partner with Pen Bay Medical Center
as possible in order to offer and educate staff, students, and families on vaccination
3. When the opportunity arises, we will again host vaccine clinics for eligible students and
Students who are not feeling well should stay home from school when they are showing any
symptoms of illness.
1. Academic Students (well):
a. May enter the building during the school day only with a prior appointment.
b. Use required PPE
c. Complete the COVID-19 Symptoms & Wellness Self-Check Protocol (See
Appendix A) prior to entering the building
2. Academic Students (sick):
a. If the symptoms are COVID related (see Appendix A), the student will contact
their health care provider and the following will occur:
i. Student will report symptom(s) to the Adult Education Director and
indicate the last time the student was on campus.
ii. In order to return to school, one of the two following criteria must be
1. Present a clearance note from the student’s medical provider to
the school nurse and be 24 hrs. symptom-free without the use of
2. If a student chooses not to contact their provider, the student
must meet the CDC criteria of being 10 days since the start of
symptoms, 24 hours fever-free (< 100.4 F) without the use of
fever reducing medications) and have improved symptoms before
returning to school.
b. All medical documentation will be kept in the student’s file in the Adult
c. Refer to Health Protocol in Appendix C.
3. Enrichment students:
a. May enter the building only during non-day-school hours (after 3:30 p.m.)
b. If you need to drop something off, please call our office prior to arrival to
arrange for pick-up outside the building.
Teacher/Instructor Out Sick
Staff who are not feeling well should stay home from school when they are showing any
symptoms of illness. If the symptoms are COVID related (see Appendix A), staff will contact
their health care provider and the following will occur:
1. Notify the school through an e-mail to the Director, email@example.com, and
state the Symptoms,
2. Indicate what date you last accessed the school building,
3. Contact your health care provider.
4. If a test is ordered, the employee/instructor will not return to work until the test result
5. The staff member will share the test result with the Director (who will send to the
school nurse to verify and document it).
6. Refer to Health Protocol in Appendix C.
● CDC Guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schoolschildcare/
● Maine DOE COVID Toolkit: https://www.maine.gov/doe/covid-19/toolkit
APPENDIX A: Daily Health Check
APPENDIX B: Feeling unwell Flowchart
APPENDIX C: Health Protocols
These protocols will be updated based on ongoing guidance from Maine CDC and guidance from
infectious disease medical professionals.
I. Staff/Student out sick
After a person has been out of school for a suspected COVID-related absence – a time-based
return to school strategy is determined based on a person’s health status. Decisions about
“return to school” for persons with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 should be made in the
context of local circumstances (community transmission, resource needs, etc.)
a. Staff record in AESOP. Contracted instructors should contact the Adult Education
office to let us know of the need for any class cancellations.
2. Possible COVID
a. Symptoms could be COVID related (see health check in Appendix A).
b. Contact your primary care physician and follow their instructions.
c. If a student or instructor is tested AND has been in a school facility within the
previous 24 hours, they will need to stay away from school property until the
test results are known. Contact the Adult Education office daily.
i. If the COVID test is negative:
a) Student/Staff member must remain home until symptoms are
improving and are fever-free for 24 hours without using any feverreducing
ii. If the COVID test is positive:
a) Contact the Adult Education Director as soon as possible.
b) The school nurse and Director will follow the SOP for the Investigation
of COVID-19 in PreK-12 Schools in Maine.
c) Return to school after at least 10 days have passed since the positive
lab test AND fever-free for 24 hours without using any fever-reducing
medication AND symptoms improving. A doctor’s note is required to
return to school.
II. Staff or Student presenting symptoms at school
1. The nurse/or backup staff will follow the MDOE COVID -19 Child Feels/Appear Unwell
Flowchart in Appendix B.
2. If symptoms presenting are COVID-like symptoms, staff will isolate the individual from
all other members of the school community and notify student’s/staff member’s contact
to have the individual sent home. They will be advised to contact their primary care
physician. Staff will don appropriate PPE.
3. Staff who are presenting COVID like symptoms will be sent home to contact their PCP.
III. Isolation and Quarantine (Staff – see Protocol Staff COVID Situations in Staff Info for
1. Students, teachers, and staff who test positive for COVID-19 will isolate until they meet
the U.S. CDC criteria for release for isolation.
2. Close contacts must be notified for every COVID-19 case in students or staff. The close
contact definition is exposure within 6 ft for more than 15 minutes within a 24-hour
period or any direct physical contact.
3. Close contacts must quarantine for 10 days from COVID-19 exposure from school and
school activities except if at least one of the following conditions applies to the close
• EXCEPTION #1: The close contact (staff or student) is vaccinated and if the
exposure occurred more than 14 days after the individual’s completion of the
vaccine series. If the exposure occurred after vaccination but prior to the 14 days,
the close contact must quarantine for the full time period: or
• EXCEPTION #2: The close contact (staff or student) has a previous positive COVID-
19 test result (molecular or antigen) collected within 90 days of the exposure: or
• EXCEPTION #3: N/A for Adult Education classes: or
• EXCEPTION #4: The school has a mandatory masking policy. If so, then an exposed
classroom student does not need to quarantine from regular school-day activities
when the student close contact was at least 3 feet from an infected student
(laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) provided that:
i. The school enforces consistent and correct use of well-fitting masks; and
ii. No direct physical contact occurred.
• Exception #3 is limited to classroom exposures only. Exposures that occur in buses,
cafeterias, and school sponsored activities are not eligible for exception #3. The
exception does not apply to teachers staff or other adults in the classroom.
• Any student who qualifies as an exception, but is symptomatic, will need to
Summary of Quarantine Exceptions:
(See 1-3 above)
Quarantine from after
school sports and
Exception #1: Vaccination No No No
Exception #2: 90 days No No No
Exception #3: Pooled
N/A N/A N/A
Exception #4: School with
Universal Masking where
exposure occurred in the