April 3, 2020 - COVID-19 Update

April 3, 2020 - COVID-19 Update
Posted on 04/03/2020
April 3, 2020 (Video Message)

Good evening, Worcester families,

 

This is your Superintendent of Schools Lou Taylor. As we come to the end of the third week of our school facilities remaining closed, I am proud to share with you that learning has resumed for our high school students this week, and I am excited for the rest of our students to join them in distance learning on Monday. 

Being able to begin continuity of learning so quickly is a testament to the incredible work of our teachers, instructional and school leaders, and our staff, who truly mobilized our plans to launch us forward with device and hotspot distribution, trainings, and more. 

As we stand ready to welcome all students back to this new learning model, I want to ask our families to please be patient and understanding both with our teachers and with yourselves. Distance learning is new for all of us, and while our educators have been working hard to learn new techniques to provide ongoing, engaging learning experiences for your child, we also understand that many of you are navigating how to be facilitators of learning in your own homes. There will undoubtedly be challenges along this journey, but we will persevere through them – together

Togetherness. Family. These are words that, for me, get to the heart of what makes Worcester County and our schools so special. We are not just a network of strangers, but a family – connected and committed to doing what’s right for our young people during this time – whether through our ongoing efforts to feed our children, or providing them with social emotional support, each and every one of us has come together during this crisis.

So before I close tonight, I would like to take this opportunity to shine a light of thanks on several groups who have made a difference for our school system during this challenging time.

  • Thank you to our Board of Education, our County Commissioners, the dozens of community volunteers, and our local businesses and organizations, including those that are faith-based, that have all reached out to lend a helping hand or pledge their support. We are grateful to you.
  • Thank you to our associations, our instructional and school leaders, and most especially – our teachers. Your love for and commitment to our kids is awe inspiring. I am humbled every day by your willingness to go above and beyond for the children of Worcester County. 
  • And thank you to our parents for your support and trust. It is easy to become disillusioned during times like this, but each one of you continue to reach out, connect with us, and support our efforts to continue your child’s learning. 
  • And of course, I am so thankful for our students. Thankful that they are still pursuing their own learning, still reaching out and forging connections to lift each other up, and still choosing joy in a time where darkness and negativity could be even easier to choose.

With that, take care of yourself and each other, and when the opportunity arises, take a lesson from our students, and choose joy. 

May God continue to bless every one of you with safety and good health during this time.

Good night. 

Sincerely,
Louis H. Taylor
Superintendent of Schools