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Lewiston Middle School goes remote until Wednesday

Superintendent Jake Langlais said staffing was too low due to positive COVID cases to serve more than 700 middle school students.

LEWISTON, Maine — Students at Lewiston Middle School will be learning remotely until at least Wednesday due to a staffing shortage and an uptick in COVID cases, officials say.

According to data provided by Superintendent Jake Langlais, 79 students in the district have tested positive for COVID-19 since Oct. 15. Sixteen of them are at the middle school. He said 18 staff members at the middle school have also tested positive. Seven students at Lewiston High School tested positive Monday.

"We have had additional cases of multiple symptoms and multiple additional staff COVID positives that require additional quarantines. This includes a new staff positive today," Langlais said. "Our staffing capacity at LMS is too light to safely serve our 700-plus middle school students in person."

Langlais said the district will be giving students ages five and up the opportunity to get the first dose of the COVID vaccine on Nov. 18 and 19.

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