Captain Albert Stevens, Troy Howard Middle, Ames Elementary schools

COVID-19 found in two additional Waldo County schools

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 7:30pm

    BELFAST — Just one day after a positive case of Covid-19 was discovered at Captain Albert Stevens School, two additional Waldo County schools have reported they have a positive case. 

    In a release shared Oct. 17, RSU Superintendent Mary Alice McLean wrote that the virus has also been found in Belfast’s Troy Howard Middle School and Ames Elementary School, which is located in Searsmont. One bus route has also been affected.

    All students and staff affected were called by a school nurse or administrator today to alert them to their exposure. 

    As for what comes next for the two schools, McLean wrote that Ames School will move to remote learning through Oct. 30. This will allow a cleaning company to come to the school Monday, Oct. 19, to do a complete cleaning and disinfection of the building. 

    THMS will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 19-20, to allow for adequate cleaning and disinfecting; this time will also allow for substitutes to be located for teachers that need to quarantine. 

    Students in two homerooms and two classes will reportedly remain in remote learning through Oct. 29, according to McLean, who concludes her release:

    “I regret needing to share this difficult news with our community. I hope you will join me in rooting for all the individuals and families impacted by this pernicious pandemic and the chaos it creates.”

    Mary Alice McLean can be reached at 338-1960. 

    Erica Thoms can be reached at