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PPS Weekly COVID update

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PPS Weekly COVID update
Posted on 12/04/2020
This is the image for the news article titled PPS Weekly COVID updateWith COVID-19 cases on the rise around the nation and in Maine, the Portland Public Schools will be putting out an update each Friday with the number of positive cases in our schools each week and any building closings as a result. Staff, families and staff are immediately notified of positive cases and closings, but the advisory is an effort to keep the broader PPS community informed. 

As of today, Friday, Dec. 4, the Maine Department of Education continues to designate Cumberland County as “green,” which connotes a relatively low risk of COVID-19 spread.
 
To date, the vast majority of PPS cases have originated from contacts outside of school, not from spread within our schools. But to keep our schools safe, all staff, students and families are urged to continue to be vigilant about mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing – both in school and in the community.

Positive cases for the week ending Friday, Dec. 4:
Casco Bay High School: 1 positive, 0 close contacts
Deering High School: 6 positives, 0 close contacts
East End Community School: 1 positive, 0 close contacts
King Middle School: 2 positives, 0 close contacts
Lincoln Middle School: 1 positive, 1 close contact
Lyman Moore Middle School: 3 positives, 0 close contacts
Ocean Ave Elementary: 1 positive, 0 close contacts
Portland High School: 2 positives, 62 close contacts
Presumpscot Elementary School: 1 positive, 0 contacts
Reiche Community School: 1 positive, 0 close contacts
Rowe Elementary School: 3 positives, 5 close contacts
Talbot Community School: 2 positives, 0 close contacts
*Note: Some cases have 0 close contacts because those who tested positive weren't at school during their infectious period.
Here is a link to the district’s Report Card on the status of all positive cases to date. 

Current Building Closures: 
Lyman Moore Middle School: In remote learning mode from Dec. 1 through Dec. 7. (Letter to Moore families.)
Portland High School: In remote learning mode from Dec. 7 through Dec. 16. (Letter to PHS families.)
Rowe Elementary School: In remote learning mode from Dec. 1 through Dec. 11. (Letter to Rowe families.)