Dear Washington Academy Students and Parents,
Today at noon the Mills Administration released an update to its color-coded Health Advisory System that classifies counties’ relative risk of COVID-19 transmission by color and is provided to assist schools as they continue with their plans to deliver instruction and support students safely this fall. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) assessed the data and trends for all counties. Based on this assessment, Somerset and Washington counties are now categorized as yellow, joining Waldo County, which was designated yellow last week. All other counties remain green.
Under the “yellow” designation, which indicates an increased (moderate) level of community risk, schools may consider additional precautions, such as limiting numbers of people in school buildings at the same time, suspending extracurricular or co-curricular activities including competitions between schools, and limiting interaction through cohorting.
The change in designation will not affect our current hybrid instructional model, which is a blend of in-person and remote learning with two distinct cohorts. However, we are required to eliminate after-school extracurricular activities and athletics for the time being. Unfortunately, therefore, the competitions scheduled for this afternoon and this weekend have been canceled.
We will continue with our planned hybrid model with Wednesdays designated as a deep cleaning and disinfecting day. Washington Academy will continue to follow the Maine Department of Education and the Maine CDC’s policies and procedures. Social distancing protocols, masking, and disinfecting measures will continue to be in place. The Maine CDC will re-evaluate Washington County’s transmission risk status in one week’s time.
The safety of our students, staff, and community remains a top priority for Washington Academy and I hope you all stay safe and healthy.
Head of School