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Superintendent's Press Release

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An Open Letter to the Dorchester County Public Schools Community 2-24-2021

24 February 2021

An Open Letter to the Dorchester County Public Schools Community

Good afternoon Dorchester County Public Schools Community,

Our efforts for safely bringing students back in classrooms continues, although with a few interruptions from Mother Nature. Masks can’t hide the smiles of students who are excited and happy to be back in the classroom, nor those of the teachers who are glad to be with them. A look at the faces below from Mace’s Lane, Maple, and South Dorchester tell the story.

Speaking of our teachers, I want to acknowledge and thank them for their terrific work in accommodating both virtual and in-person learners in their classrooms. It is not easy teaching two groups of students at once. This involves creative thinking and planning while delivering challenging lessons proving their daily commitment to our students.

This week has also been one of the challenges with technology especially our internet deficiencies. I can assure you that all parties are seeking answers and solutions regarding our difficulties this week. While we manage to catch most issues before they have any system-wide impact, we know the ones that “sneak” by causing much frustration for students, families, and teachers. Please know that we are doing everything we can to keep instruction progressing for both virtual and in-person learners and please excuse our occasional hiccups with technology.

Our plan for next week is to stay the course with our in-person and virtual students. We continue to review our numbers, adhering to the CDC guideline of social distancing of 6 feet to see when and if we can include more students or increase the number of days. I urge you to keep in communication with your child’s school and continue to support whatever phase of hybrid learning in which your child participates.

Stay safe and healthy,

W. David Bromwell

Superintendent

Dorchester County Public Schools