The Oxford Update

Oxford Elementary School

Keeping Students Safe is Our Priority

As our country, our state, and our community see a rise in COVID-19 cases, we understand that families are feeling anxious about sending their children to school. We want to ensure you that at school we are following all CDC and Maine Department of Education guidelines and rules for in-person education. Students are required to wear masks while inside the building unless eating lunch or having a supervised mask break. We are practicing good hand hygiene by having students wash their hands or use hand sanitizer frequently throughout the school day. We are ensuring that students remain 3 feet apart when masked and 6 feet apart when their masks are off. Students are also kept in classroom pods to limit their contact with students and staff while they are at school.


Our custodial staff is diligent about thoroughly cleaning each classroom, restroom, and common area used by students and staff each evening. Also, high touch surfaces such as stair railings, sanitizing stations, light switches, door handles, and the like, are disinfected multiple times throughout the day.


The district nursing staff and administration are working closely with the Maine CDC and are monitoring our current situation. We are following all of their current recommendations and understand that those recommendations could change if more cases are detected in our district or in our school. We will keep you informed as we learn about their recommendations.


We continue to ask that you screen your child each morning for COVID-19 symptoms and keep your child home from school if they are not feeling well. If you have questions about whether or not you should send your child to school, please call our school nurse, Arica Monahan and she can advise you. Click the button below to view the COVID-19 Screening Tool for families to review each morning.


As always, we appreciate all of your support and understand during these difficult times. We want nothing more than to keep your children in school for in-person learning and therefore take these safety precautions very seriously. We know you are nervous as we see the rise in cases, but together we can keep our kids and ourselves healthy and safe.


Tiffany Karnes

Principal

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) at OES

November 14, 2020


Dear Staff, Students, and Families,


This letter is to inform you that an individual associated with Oxford Elementary School recently tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). There is a possibility that other staff or students came in contact with this individual and therefore may have been exposed to the virus. We are informing you out of an abundance of caution. Please monitor yourself/your student for signs and symptoms. Call a health care provider if symptoms start. It is important that you call a healthcare facility before you show up in person. Stay home if you are sick.


COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that ranges from mild to severe. It can be more severe in adults 60 years and older and in those with underlying conditions. The virus mainly spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes and an uninfected person breathes in the virus. Signs and symptoms include:


• fever or chills

• new loss of taste or smell

• cough

• sore throat

• shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

• congestion or runny nose

• fatigue

• nausea or vomiting

• muscle or body aches

• diarrhea

• headache


Please keep in mind that many things can cause respiratory illness, so students and staff should be up-to-date on influenza and routine vaccinations.


Maine CDC or a school representative will contact you directly if you are identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive. Close contacts will be asked to quarantine for 14 days from last exposure to the positive individual. A negative test result does not get an individual out of quarantine.


Maine CDC recommends preventive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures include proper handwashing with soap and warm water, which is especially important after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. When soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.


Questions for the Oxford school can be directed at Arica Monahan, RN by calling 539-4456x7356. For general COVID-19 questions, dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695). You can also text your ZIP code to 898-211 or email info@211maine.org. Call a health care provider for questions about your symptoms. More information can be found at www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.


Sincerely,

Rick Colpitts, Superintendent

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Oxford Elementary's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Click the button above to visit our first ever Virtual Scholastic Book Fair. The book fair is open through November 18th. Happy book shopping!

FRIENDLY REMINDERS DURING DROP OFF AND PICK UP

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Drop off reminders:


  • Please pull as far forward as possible, following school staff directions, before having your student exit your vehicle.
  • Adults should remain in vehicles at all times. Please make sure anyone dropping your child off is aware of this expectation.


Pick up reminders:


  • Those picking students up are asked to arrive at school no earlier than 2:40 PM. It is important that we keep our driveway open until it is time for afternoon pick up.
  • Please make sure you do not arrive until your scheduled pick-up time.
  • Adults should remain in vehicles at all times. Please make sure anyone picking your child up is aware of this expectation.
  • We are a smoke-free campus. This includes smoking in your vehicle during dismissal.
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School Property is Smoke-Free

Our school property is a smoke-free environment. Please refrain from smoking while on school property. This includes smoking in your vehicle during morning student drop-off and afternoon student pickups. Thank you for adhering to this rule and helping us to maintain a smoke-free environment at Oxford Elementary School.

Important Dates

Wednesday, 11/18 - Early Release Day, dismissal 1 hr. early

Friday, 11/20 - Fun Friday, Silly Sock Day


Upcoming Important Dates:

Wednesday, 11/25 - Friday, 11/27 - NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break

Monday, 11/30 - School Resumes

Friday, 12/4 - End of First Trimester

Oxford Elementary School

Tiffany Karnes, Principal

Denise Bourgoine, Assistant Principal

Arica Monahan, School Nurse

Jill Knight, Secretary

Christine Merrill, Secretary