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Wednesday, 16 December 2020 16:06

An Open Letter to the Dorchester County Public Schools Community - December 16, 2020

16 December 2020

An Open Letter to the Dorchester County Public Schools Community

Dear Dorchester County Public Schools Community,

As we approach the holiday break and the new year, I look ahead with hope but also trepidation. With the introduction of a COVID vaccine, the big picture for 2021 looks positive but the short term looks far less certain.

The plan for Dorchester County Public Schools, as it now stands, is to remain at our present status when we resume after the holiday break. Staff and students are to return asynchronously on Monday, January 4, 2021, and the small groups now in school buildings will return to their buildings on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. This means that the first week of school in 2021 will be a continuance of the present status with DCTC students, small groups of special needs students, those with connectivity issues, identified struggling learners, and children of DCPS staff learning in-person. All other A, B, and C group students will continue learning online. Presently, our positivity rate and case rate remain higher than recommended for increased student attendance in schools.

Of course, like all decisions, this plan depends upon Dorchester County’s COVID metrics over the holiday break, along with the advice of Chief Health Officer Roger Harrell. He and I will continue to monitor the situation over the next two weeks, and I will make an announcement at 3 pm on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 confirming plans for the week of January 4, 2021. At that time, I also hope to be able to make an announcement regarding the week of January 11, 2021.

I recognize the toll this uncertainty takes and hope for good news in January that will allow us to have more students back in the school buildings, learning in-person. However, I also reaffirm my commitment to always act in the best interest of the community, students, and staff to keep everyone safe.

I see this holiday break as one of our most important that I can ever remember. Our children, parents, caregivers, community and DCPS staff deserve a much-needed time to disconnect and relax our minds as the pandemic continues. Please be extra safe during your holiday planning as again, DCPS wishes to increase student attendance upon our return in 2021.

W. David Bromwell

Superintendent of Schools

Dorchester County