Belfast Area High School has one confirmed COVID-19 case, according to Regional School Unit 71 Superintendent Mary Alice McLean. The announcement came a day before the state changed the reopening designation of Waldo County's school districts to green.

All students in the district's K-8 schools will be allowed to return to in-person instruction starting Monday, Nov. 9, McLean said. The state had previously reduced Waldo County schools' reopening status to only part-time. It meant student attendance was staggered through the week, which limited how many students could be in a school at once.

BAHS and Belfast Community Outreach Program in Education will continue operating under the yellow designation with staggered student attendance as they have been since the beginning of the school year.

McLean said parents can keep their children in remote learning if they are uncomfortable sending them back to school. She reminded parents to stay vigilant against the virus and that more cases are possible moving forward.

"Please keep in mind that although Waldo County is back in GREEN, this pandemic is far from over, and we may well have to go back to the Yellow-Light/Hybrid Plan — or even to the Red-Light/Remote Plan if confirmed cases increase in a specific school," she said in an email.

Five high school staff members and 28 students were sent home to quarantine until Nov. 17 or Nov. 18, McLean said in an email Thursday. So far, people associated with the infected person in the school are not testing positive for the coronavirus.

The district had two confirmed cases associated with an outbreak at a Brooks church in mid-October. McLean said it is unclear if the current case is associated with the church outbreak.

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