Parents of students in the Bangor School System have received no less than half a dozen emails and/or phone calls over the last week, detailing the rising number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in schools across the district. At last count, in both emails and phone calls, Interim Superintendent of the Bangor School Department, Kathy Harris-Smedberg, sent out word that there have been cases reported at the Bangor High School, William S. Cohen School, Mary Snow School, Fruit Street School and the Downeast School. Harris-Smedberg said both the Bangor High School and the William S. Cohen School will move to remote learning for the duration of next week, returning to in-person learning Monday December 7th.

"If you or your child are identified as having been potentially exposed, you will receive an email... if needed, a Bangor nurse or representative will contact you...  All close contacts will need to quarantine by staying at home. You will need to monitor for symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, or a temperature higher than 100.4°F, and practice physical distancing for 14 days from your last contact.

As most of the students and staff have been out of the the other schools, on Thanksgiving break, and due to the small number of cases at those locations, students from the other schools that were listed have been cleared to return to class this Monday, November 30th.


Earlier in the week, parents of students at a local Catholic School were also informed of a positive case of Covid-19 and told to quarantine till Tuesday Dec. 1st.

Harris-Smedberg also stated that families with students who are remote learning for the next week, but who are in need of meals, should call the school as soon as possible, to place their order.

"Meals for these students may be ordered by calling the school. Pick up locations are Bangor Tire, Bolling Drive, and Holiday Park." The school department will also add an extra meal pickup location of Cameron Stadium to accommodate the need. Meal pick up takes place between 11:30 and 12PM.

It is recommended that folks who develop symptoms, or have questions about Covid-19 exposure should reach out to their primary care provider for advice.

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