For your information...................
Boys Basketball vs Wells rescheduled to January 22nd, FT 10 AM, 11:30 AM JV, 1PM V at KHS
Varsity Boys Ice Hockey vs Gorham rescheduled to January 24th, 4 PM at UNE
Boys Basketball @ Brunswick rescheduled to February 5th, 12 PM First Team, 1:30 PM JV, 3 PM V
Returning to School Safely and Pooled Testing
Anyone who has had symptoms this past week during remote learning should be tested prior to returning to school. PCR tests are the gold standard; however, testing availability is limited so any test is better than no test. If your student has symptoms and has received a negative rapid test, it is ideal to receive an additional negative rapid test 2-3 days after symptom onset. We are seeing rapid antigen tests be negative until there are a few days of established symptoms. Do not rely on one negative test to rule out Covid-19. Here is some information on how Rapid Antigen tests work and their limitations.
**Symptomatic students with known exposure should get a PCR test even if a rapid antigen test is negative. This is due to their higher risk circumstances**
Pooled Testing Update:
Pool Testing- Resumes Tuesday 1/18/2022 in the same location (Gym B)
Time- 7-10:15 *Adjusted to accommodate testing schedule*
Reminders-There will be less overhead announcements so as not to disturb testing so please have your child set a phone reminder and text them reminders as needed.
This is a VERY important pool test to participate in so we can identify positive cases. With the new guidelines our ability to survey and manage positive cases is even more important. Some of the benefits of pool testing include:
*Weekly PCR testing within the school. This keeps the school, families, and the community safe.
*Close contacts will be able to access recommended follow up testing resources at school instead of trying to find availability in the community.
*KHS nurse can perform rapid antigen tests when symptoms develop during the school day or exposure indicates need. The goal is to minimize some of the testing burden families are experiencing. The amount of testing offered will depend on state resources which fluctuate but to the best of our abilities we will try to help families.
When there is a positive person in a family the risk for the rest of the family is higher than in most any other type of exposure despite vaccine status. Although asymptomatic students can continue to come to school we encourage the highest vigilance and request they take extra precautions in all settings.
Properly fitting masks and keeping them securely on the face when around people remains very important. With new variants that are more contagious, there continues to be news updates on changing our cloth or disposable masks to ones that may be more effective. Here is one article for you to review:
Changing mask to increase protection
Changing our Masking Game
Jeremie R. Sirois, Principal
207-985-1110 x 1140
Brooke Price, Nurse
207-985-1110 x 4147