News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, April 1, 2021
BHCS upper grades go remote due to COVID-19
Should be back in school April 5

by Leslie Landrigan

Seventh and eighth graders at Blue Hill Consolidated School went to remote learning after one person associated with the school tested positive for COVID-19, School Union 93 Superintendent Mark Hurvitt said in an email on March 26.

“We had one positive case,” Hurvitt said in a phone interview. “We are following CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] protocols, so we’ll be remote through April 2.”

Hurvitt said all students will then return on April 5 to in-class learning for two weeks before vacation.

Brooksville Elementary School has had a COVID-19 case, and BHCS went remote a couple of times, Hurvitt said.

“At this point it’s becoming routine,” he said. “Everybody just snaps into place and we have a way of dealing with it.”

The other Union 93 schools—in Castine, Penobscot and Surry—have not had to go remote because of COVID-19, he said.

Nevertheless, Hurvitt said the schools wouldn’t let their guard down.

New COVID-19 cases in schools are 25 percent below the state average, Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew said in a virtual news conference on March 30. “People in schools are less likely to get new cases than the statewide average,” she said.