The Bangor School Department will continue with remote learning this week, after several confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Interim Superintendent of Schools Kathy Harris-Smedberg said, in a post on the department's website, that there have been confirmed cases among bus drivers and monitors, as well as at Bangor High School, Fairmount School, Fruit Street School, and Mary Snow School. All students will continue with the remote learning model through Friday, January 29th. She says Wednesday, January 27th will remain a half-day, despite the distance learning. The goal, at this point, is to reopen the schools on Monday, February 1st, but that could potentially change. Harris-Smedberg says she will notify parents of any changes and post updates on the department's website.

Many parents agreed to transport their children to school, after a shortage of bus drivers forced some distance learning days last week. Harris-Smedberg says she appreciates their cooperation, as well as those who have offered 'input and perspective.' She says it was not easy making the call to go to distance learning, but hopes it will keep students and staff members safe.

Parents and students are advised to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 and call a health provider if any should be detected. Symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Anyone with questions is instructed to contact a representative of their child's school.

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