A person at River View Community School in Gardiner and one at China Middle School have tested positive for COVID-19, according to school officials in those communities.

Maine School Administrative District 11 Superintendent Pat Hopkins wrote Tuesday night of the news affecting the Gardiner school. Hopkins specifically said in her letter that close contacts were identified on one bus and in the school building, and those people have been notified.

The school schedule has not been affected by the positive COVID-19 case, Hopkins wrote.

The bus driver does not need to quarantine, Hopkins wrote, but if they had to, the MSAD 11 bus situation would have been “significantly impaired.” She reported that the district has lost five bus drivers since the start of the school year and urged parents to drive their children to school if possible.

“There is a possibility that other staff or students came into contact with this individual and therefore may be exposed to the virus,” Hopkins wrote in the letter. “We are informing you out of an abundance of caution.”

Meanwhile, Regional School Unit 18 Superintendent Carl Gartley reported on Wednesday that a person connected with China Middle School had tested positive.

The last time the person was in the China school was on Monday, and close contacts have been notified and are quarantining until Friday, March 12, Gartley wrote.

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