COVID-19 Information and Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Welcome to our COVID-19 webpage. Please read just below this introduction for the latest updates regarding positive cases and quarantines in our schools.

REPORT COVID-19 CASES HERE

Pooled testing ending, at-home test kits to be available soon - May 2, 2022

Masking encouraged as Cumberland County now classified as "high transmission" area - May 9, 2022

COVID-19 DASHBOARD

This table provides a snapshot of COVID-19 data at each school (2021-2022 school year, only).

UPDATED 5/17/2022

New Cases today: 1 at Rowe, 0 at YES, 0 at HMS, 3 at YHS

School

Active Cases

Recovered Cases

Total Cumulative Cases

William H. Rowe

8

76

84

Yarmouth Elementary School

4

165

169

Frank H. Harrison Middle School

2

185

187

Yarmouth High School

7

193

200

TOTALS

21

619

640

Pre-Screening Tool for School Attendance

The following tool should be used to assist in determining if a student should attend school. Families are encouraged to use this tool each day during the 2021-2022 school year.

Screening tool

Symptoms checklist

Instructional Plans to Support Students Required to Quarantine

Teaching and learning will continue during the 2021-22 school year for students required to quarantine. Programming may differ slightly between buildings, but instruction and learning opportunities will be asynchronous for all schools. Students will have access to all necessary materials and technology. Student services will be provided to a student during a quarantine period to the extent possible. 

Rowe School & Yarmouth Elementary School

Rowe and YES will support students who are quarantined by assigning asynchronous work on ipads and/or paper based assignments. All assignments and/or student ipads will be provided for pickup as soon as practicable after notification of a necessary quarantine. Families may request delivery of a device if the family is unable to pick it up from the school. For students requiring a prolonged quarantine of more than 3 days, students can expect to connect with an educator virtually during that time period.

Harrison Middle School & Yarmouth High School

Students may access their teachers’ Google Classroom pages, teacher pages, landing docs, etc. for current work. Students are encouraged to email teachers with clarifying questions regarding assignments. For 5th and 6th graders who do not take laptops home, they will be made available to be picked up (YSD will provide home delivery of the laptop if needed).

Meal Access During Quarantine:

Families interested in school breakfast and lunch meals during quarantine should contact Blair Currier, Director of Nutrition, at blair_currier@yarmouthschools.org

Reopening Plan - Fall 2021

On August 16, 2021, the Yarmouth School Committee unanimously approved the reopening proposal developed by the District Leadership Team and Medical Advisory Panel. In this plan, we will implement a layered system of strategies to maximize learning for students and reduce time lost for illnesses, quarantines, or school closures, including:

1.      Continue to maximize physical distancing (3’ between individuals) whenever possible, so long as it does not limit our ability to provide in-person learning to all students each school day.

2.      Continue to focus on personal hygiene (frequent hand-washing, minimal sharing of supplies, proper sneeze and cough etiquette).

3.      Maintain the expectation of daily self-checks for symptoms or possible exposure to positive cases by staff members and families of students.

4.      Ongoing use of improved air filtration systems to remove particles and contaminants from indoor air.

5.      Continue contact tracing and quarantining as directed by the CDC for individuals who are close contacts of positive cases.

6.      Implement pooled COVID-19 testing on an optional basis of students and staff – to be conducted weekly at each grade level, with follow-up testing of individuals and quarantining as necessary in the event of positive cases. (NOTE: MDOE has stated that students and staff who participate in pool testing will not need to quarantine if they are a close contact of a positive case.)

7.      Continue to promote vaccines for students in approved age groups, with potential for vaccination clinics throughout the fall.

8.      Require face coverings (masks) in all indoor settings and on all school transportation for all students and staff, K-12, regardless of vaccination status.

a.      This will include a mask requirement for all participants and spectators at indoor athletic and after-school activities.

b.      Allowances will be made for medically-documented cases that require accommodations under Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

c.      Masks may be removed when actively eating or drinking (if eating indoors, individuals are required to put their masks back on when not actually eating or drinking).

d.      Staff may remove masks when alone in a classroom, office, or other space within the school.

e.      Masks will not be required in outdoor settings.

As COVID-19 data is updated, this plan will be reviewed, and the Superintendent may ask the School Committee to reconsider any portion of the plan on an ongoing basis, with the first review occurring no later than October 14, 2021. As part of that review, the School Committee has asked the High School administration to seek input from the YHS Student Senate to propose an adjustment to this plan that may incentivize vaccinations and participation in pooled testing as one way to move toward a less restrictive mask mandate for students in grades 9-12.

Federal Relief Spending

Throughout 2020 and 2021, federal relief funds have been provided to the Yarmouth Schools in the amount of $3,176,191. The bulk of those funds were spent hiring additional staff to assist with remote learning, physical distancing, cleaning of facilities, and student health support. Monies were also expended to upgrade ventilation systems in each school, rent tents to provide for outdoor classrooms, and purchase technology hardware, software, and licenses to assist in student learning. A summary of expenditures is provided here.

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