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Update from the School Nurse
Holly Spence
Friday, October 02, 2020


October 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Students are doing an excellent job at following the new covid safety guidelines.  I have also appreciated the effort to keep students home when they are ill and to follow the illness guidelines to keep everyone safe.  Remember it takes a village, practice these guidelines at home too!

This school year we are asking everyone to pitch in to keep our community safe. Please adopt the following measures to protect our families:

  • Review the At Home Health Screening Tool for RSU 1 Staff and Students (see below) each day before school. 

  • Have alternate plans for illness during the school day, such as someone who can pick up your child from school if they become ill, a contact number that you can answer during the school day, and a reliable means of transportation. 

  • Make sure that your child’s immunizations are up to date. Plan to get a flu vaccine.  This year is so important as Flu and Covid-19 have similar symptoms and both can cause serious illness. 

  • Sign up for FLUency!  Know what is happening with illness in the FMS community.  The more students we get signed up, the better the information will be.  Free thermometer.  See below.

Below is some important school health information, keep this letter handy throughout the school year for reference. If you have any questions you may always contact me by phone or email.


Erica (Ricki) Waltz, BSN RN

  • Fisher-Mitchell School Nurse

Phone: 443-8265 ext 101


How will illness be handled at school?

If a student becomes ill at school with signs of COVID-19, they will wait in the Waiting Room (separate from well students and monitored by the School Nurse) until someone arrives to bring them home. Please be available by phone and make arrangements for your child to be picked up from school as soon as possible in case of an illness.  


Fisher-Mitchell has partnered with FLUency this year to help stop the spread of illness.  Checkout the flyer and sign up for a free thermometer and join the program.

Resources for Parents

Maine Department of Education Parent Resources

Information from CDC on Influenza

Need assistance? Midcoast Maine Community Action

211 Maine can help


At Home Health Screening Tool for RSU 1 Staff and Students

Please review this screening tool before school/ work every morning. This tool is for your reference only - do not bring it to school.

Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?

Lower Risk symptoms include:

  • New headache

  • Muscle pain (myalgias)

  • Runny nose/ congestion

  • Nausea or vomiting/ stomach pain/ diarrhea 

  • Any of above symptoms present beyond what you typically experience (ie. if you have allergies, etc.)

Higher Risk symptoms include:

  • New, uncontrolled cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (not exercise induced asthma)

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Fever (100.4 or higher)/ chills / rigors (shaking)

  • Sore throat

If you are experiencing any of the above listed symptoms, STAY HOME. 

Next, please determine Yes or No for the following statements:



Have you taken cough/ cold medication and/ or fever reducers such as Tylenol/ Ibuprofen today for the above listed symptoms? “If yes, stay home and follow RSU 1 Illness Guidelines.”

Have you been tested for COVID-19? “If yes, call and discuss this with the school nurse before reporting to school. Staff call and discuss with the building principal.”

Have you had close contact* with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 in the past 14 days? “If yes, stay home, call your medical provider, do not report to work/ school.”

Have you had close contact* with someone with a suspected diagnosis of COVID-19 in the past 14 days? “If yes, stay home, call your medical provider and do not report to work/ school.”

Have you traveled by air or traveled out of state in the past 14 days? “If yes, please contact your school nurse before reporting to work/ school.” Link to State of Maine travel guidelines

If you do need to stay home, please review the RSU 1 Illness Guidelines for more information on next steps: LINK

** If you are experiencing the following symptoms: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, feeling confused, hard time staying awake, bluish lips/ face.  Seek immediate medical attention (911) **

* What counts as Close Contact?

1) You have been within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes, 2) Someone in your home is sick with COVID-19, 3) You have had direct physical contact with the sick person (touched, hugged, or kissed them), 4) You have shared eating or drinking utensils with the sick person, 5) The sick person sneezed, coughed, or somehow exposed you to the sick person’s respiratory droplets.