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Superintendent's Press Release

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An Open Letter to the Dorchester County Public Schools Community 3-31-2021

31 March 2021

An Open Letter to the Dorchester County Public Schools Community

Good afternoon Dorchester County Public Schools Community,

Spring break is just about here. I want to thank each of you for your continued hard work and dedication to DCPS and our students. For those who will have time off, I wish you a safe and restful holiday. As the weather gets warmer and outdoor activities increase, please remember to be safe and enjoy time with your family and friends.

I am grateful for all the hard work that has resulted in more than half of our students back in our buildings for in-person instruction. Despite ongoing COVID concerns, DCPS continues to see very low transmission rates within our schools as our students and staff follow layered prevention strategies.  We continue to assess student needs and work with our facilities staff to identify each school’s capacity as we safely increase the number of students in our buildings.

Please refer to our website for last week’s press release for return-to-school details for April 13, 2021 here:  http://www.dcpsmd.org/news/superintendent-s-press-release/3-24-2021.

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 (tomorrow) 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 with 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.

Last night we were fortunate enough to announce our DCPS Teacher and First-Class Teacher of the Year at the Chesapeake Hyatt.  Representing our DCPS Teacher of the Year for the 2021-2022 school year will be Ms. Amy Stoops from Hurlock Elementary School and our DCPS First-Class Teacher of the Year is Mr. Nathan Turley from Choptank Elementary School.  Congratulations to all our winners and all our nominees.

I want to wish everyone the best during this break and I want to thank you for your support and patience.

Thank you, please be safe,

W. David Bromwell

Superintendent

Dorchester County Public Schools