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Superintendent's Press Release

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An Open Letter to the Dorchester County Public Schools Community 3-24-2021

24 March 2021

An Open Letter to the Dorchester County Public Schools Community

Good afternoon Dorchester County Public Schools Community,

As everyone is aware, the CDC has adjusted the social distancing parameters for elementary schools from six feet to three feet.  As a result, DCPS is adjusting our reopening plan.  The timeline for bringing more students back to our schools is as follows:

On Tuesday, April 13th the following will occur:

  • Elementary - all students, prekindergarten to 5th grade in A, B and D groups will attend school Tuesday through Friday.
  • Middle - all students, grade 6th - 8th grade in A, B and D groups will attend school Tuesday through Friday.
  • High – the present schedule will remain the same. D group students in high school will continue to attend school Tuesdays through Fridays. High school A and B group students will continue with their current in-person days.
  • C group at all levels will remain virtual.

On Tuesday, April 20th the following will occur:

  • All grades including high school will attend school four days a week. The only students not in school will be the C group who will remain virtual.

Mondays will remain asynchronous until May 3rd.  Future communication regarding students attending school on Mondays will be forthcoming.

Parents and guardians of virtual learning students now seeking transition to hybrid in-person instruction should contact the school principal to make that request. The school will review and respond to these requests on a student-by-student basis. Students may also remain all virtual for the remainder of this school year.  You must notify your school administrator by Thursday April 1st if you are requesting a change.

Please be aware that having more students in school each day means we will need to increase the number of students on our school buses, and the level of physical distancing that we have enforced until now may no longer be possible. We wanted parents and guardians to be aware of this as they decide whether their students will use school transportation or personal transportation.

It remains critical that all students and staff continue to follow all safety protocols including hand washing, mask wearing, and social distancing.  Students returning to school remains contingent upon Dorchester County COVID health matrix. 

As we look to the next school year, DCPS is planning to return to normal for the 2021-2022 school year.  Please refer to the approved calendar for SY 21-22 on our website for information regarding the start dates and holidays.

Stay safe and healthy,

W. David Bromwell

Superintendent

Dorchester County Public Schools