Originally published in Castine Patriot, January 22, 2021 and The Weekly Packet, January 21, 2021
COVID-19 comes to GSA
About 35 must quarantine
by Leslie Landrigan
About three dozen students and teachers at George Stevens Academy (GSA) have had to quarantine after more than one person at the school tested positive for COVID-19, Head of School Tim Seeley said in a phone interview. That includes five classroom teachers and about 30 students, Seeley said.
Nikki Jaffrey, GSA’s nurse, sent an email on January 18 to parents and guardians that said, “We have been notified that individuals associated with George Stevens Academy have tested positive.”
Classes continued as planned except for those who quarantined, Seeley said. Students and teachers in quarantine will spend two weeks learning and teaching remotely.
Seeley said privacy law prevented him from disclosing whether it was students or teachers who caught the virus.
“Of course this is disconcerting,” Seeley said. “We’ve all known COVID is here, but for a lot of people, this is the closest they’ve come.”
On the other hand, Seeley said, the school was prepared for an outbreak and had procedures in place to deal with it.
“I feel good the planning we did over the summer paid off,” he said.
GSA will still go ahead and decide on its interscholastic basketball schedule later this week, Seeley said.