Dear RSU 1 Community, 

This letter is to inform you that an individual associated with Dike-Newell School recently tested positive for COVID-19. The known close contacts have been notified individually and excluded from school. Because of the care taken with COVID-19 policies and procedures, non-close contact DNS staff and students will still be able to attend 100% in-person instruction.

We are informing you out of an abundance of caution. As always, please monitor yourself/your student for signs and symptoms. Call a health care provider if symptoms start. It is important that you call a healthcare facility before you show up in person. Stay home if you are sick. 

As a reminder, COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that ranges from mild to severe. It can be more severe in adults 60 years and older and in those with underlying conditions. The virus mainly spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes and an uninfected person breathes in the virus. Signs and symptoms include: 


fever or chills  
shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
muscle or body aches 
new loss of taste or smell
sore throat 
congestion or runny nose
nausea or vomiting diarrhea 

Questions for the school or concerns can be directed to Dawn Dill by calling 443-8288 or emailing For general COVID-19 questions, dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695). You can also text your ZIP code to 898-211 or email Call a health care provider for questions about your symptoms. More information can be found at or


Patrick Manuel 

Superintendent of Schools