Erin DeMauro, RN

Wells Junior High School

1470 Post Road (Route 1) Wells, ME 04090

P: 207-646-5142 | F: 207-646-2899

Child Watch: 207-646-8782


Summary of the Updated US CDC Operational Guidance for K-12 Schools (8.19.2022)


Maine DOE COVID Tool Kit

Symptomatic at School

• CDC recommends masking at all times in healthcare settings, including school nurses’ offices, regardless of the current COVID-19 Community Level.

People who have symptoms of respiratory or gastrointestinal infections, such as cough, fever, sore throat, vomiting, or diarrhea, should stay home. Testing is recommended for people with symptoms of COVID-19 as soon as possible after symptoms begin.

• If unable to test for COVID-19 at school, test as soon as possible and isolate until results received. 

  Isolation Guidelines for a Positive Test Result 

  When a person tests positive for COVID-19, they must self-isolate at home, regardless of vaccination status.

• Individuals who test positive should go home and isolate. 

• More information about isolation can be found on the US CDC website

• Maine CDC does not recommend requiring a negative test to return to school (for staff or students who test positive and have completed 5 days of isolation). The positive individual cannot leave isolation until they meet the criteria for ending isolation found on the US CDC website. 

• Returning to school after 5 days of isolation, wear a well-fitting mask for an additional 5 days. After the 5-day isolation, with 2 sequential negative tests 48 hours apart, masks may be removed before day 10.    Management of Cases and Exposures 

Management of Cases and Exposures 

• Quarantine is no longer recommended for people who are exposed to COVID-19 except in certain high risk congregate settings. Schools are not considered high risk congregate settings. 

• Individuals should follow US CDC recommendations on what to do if exposed to COVID-19.  

FMI, please visit the COVID resources and graphics below.

We appreciate all that our families do to keep our schools safe and healthy.

Maine DOE COVID Tool Kit

COVID Testing Sites

COVID-19 Quarantine vs Isolation

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

COVID Community Care Support Service Information