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Superintendent's Press Release

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An Open Letter to the Dorchester County Public Schools Community 1-20-2021

20 January 2021

An Open Letter to the Dorchester County Public Schools Community

Good Afternoon Dorchester County Public Schools Families and Community,

As I announced last week, Dorchester County Public Schools will remain in Phase 1 of our Reopening Plan at least until the week of February 1, 2021. This means that all students will be learning online; no students will be in buildings.

Unfortunately, the rate of COVID-19 remains high in Dorchester County – the highest in the state. Our case rate average remains over twice that of the state as a whole. The metrics below show the county’s details over the last week. The DCPS-specific COVID-19 dashboard, available on our website, shows that 41 of our students tested positive in the week ending last Friday, up from 11 the week before. This increase is the result of community spread; remember, students have not been in school buildings. As a reminder, the DCPS dashboard is updated late afternoon or early evening every Friday with information provided by the Dorchester County Health Department.

Please remain diligent about wearing a mask, maintaining social distance from those outside your household, and washing your hands. It takes all of us working together to reduce the rate of COVID in Dorchester County and ensure our students can return to their school buildings safely.

Stay safe and healthy,

W. David Bromwell

Superintendent

Dorchester County Public Schools

DATE           Positivity Rate  Case Rate
1/19/2021                     13.6  98.0
1/18/2021 14.0  98.0
1/17/2021 14.3 94.0
1/16/2021 12.9 95.8
1/15/2021 13.1 98.9
1/14/2021 12.7 91.7
1/13/2021 12.0 89.5