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EECS To Go Remote Jan. 11-15

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EECS To Go Remote Jan. 11-15
Posted on 01/10/2021
This is the image for the news article titled EECS To Go Remote Jan. 11-15Five individuals from three different households at East End Community School (EECS) have tested positive for COVID-19 over the past week, resulting in 80 close contacts having to quarantine. Due to the number of contacts and staff quarantining, EECS will be closed to in-person instruction from Monday, Jan. 11, through Friday, Jan. 15. Students and staff will transition to fully remote learning during that time.

In conformance with privacy laws regarding health status, the Portland Public Schools does not disclose more specific information about any individuals testing positive (such as their role, grade level they’re associated with, etc.) 

The five cases with school exposures were from three separate households in the past week, leading the Maine CDC to designate EECS as an outbreak site. While an outbreak designation does not require a school closure, the combination of the high number of close contacts and the number of staff required to quarantine led the district to decide to shift EECS students and staff to remote learning for the coming week. EECS students and families will receive communication from teachers regarding remote experiences and assignments.

Close contacts have been notified and cleaning protocols at EECS have been put in place.
All community partner programs offering childcare that are associated with East End also will be closed for the coming week.

Meals will be available for students at Portland, Deering and Casco Bay high schools and at Talbot Community School from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

It is anticipated at this point that the EECS building will reopen for in-person instruction on Tuesday, Jan. 19. That is the day after the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, when all district schools are closed. 

See letter to EECS community.

The Portland Public Schools is Maine’s largest school district, with 6,500 students, and is also the most diverse. About one-third of the district’s students come from homes where languages other than English are spoken—a total of more than 60 languages. 52 percent of the district’s students are white and 48 percent are students of color. Approximately half of PPS students qualify for free or reduced school meals.