Tremont starts school year with COVID case

TREMONT — The first day of school brought rain, new prekindergarten students to Pemetic Elementary School and a confirmed case of COVID-19.

A note from Principal Jandrea True went out to staff, students and families a couple of hours before the school day ended on Thursday to inform them that there had been a positive case of COVID-19 in “an individual associated with Tremont Consolidated School.”

“We handled things as promptly and efficiently as we possibly could,” said True in a conversation with the Islander on Friday. She declined to confirm whether the positive case was an adult or student at the school. “We do have some people out in quarantine.”

With prekindergarten students going on a bus to the Tremont school before boarding a bus to Southwest Harbor, there was an extra level of due diligence that needed to be taken.

“We didn’t see that there were any connections to anyone outside of Tremont,” said True, about any possible transmission to a different school.

“We really want to ask that our community helps as much as possible with a daily symptom check,” she added, “from the most severe to the most minimal.”

Those symptoms include a fever or chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea. “Stay home if you are sick or are experiencing any listed symptoms,” the email stated.

“We have to all band together to do what we can to keep kids safe,” said True.

Sarah Hinckley

Sarah Hinckley

Former Islander reporter Sarah Hinckley covered the towns of Southwest Harbor, Tremont and neighboring islands.

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