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Superintendent's Press Release

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An Open Letter to the Dorchester County Public Schools Community- 12.30.2020

30 December 2020

An Open Letter to the Dorchester County Public Schools Community

Dear Dorchester County Public Schools Community,

I hope everyone has enjoyed the time off and remained safe during our present winter break.

The plan for Dorchester County Public Schools, 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. I had hoped to be able to make an announcement regarding the week of January 11, 2021 but the situation remains too uncertain. However, the metrics have been decreasing daily, giving us hope on increasing student numbers for attending school in the near future.

W. David Bromwell

Superintendent of Schools

Dorchester County