April 9, 2020 - COVID-19 Update

April 9, 2020 - COVID-19 Update
Posted on 04/09/2020

April 9, 2020 (Video & Robocall Message)

Good evening, Worcester families,

This is your Superintendent of Schools Lou Taylor. 

This week marks the first week of all of our students participating in Continuity of Learning. We are very proud of the work our teachers and instructional leaders have done to craft creative and engaging lessons for our students, and I have enjoyed seeing that engagement in real time through photos and posts from both our families and our teachers. 

This week alone, we have had nearly 5,700 students log-in to the platform to complete their learning. And our teachers have created a whopping nearly 30,000 course materials for that learning, not to mention the over 21,000 discussion posts happening in classroom threads. 

These numbers are amazing. It truly demonstrates that our students have been anxiously waiting to get back to school to connect with their teachers and their fellow students. 

These numbers also shine a light on a challenge our school system and the entire State of Maryland still wrestle with: availability of internet connectivity. While we have deployed 280 hotspots to students at our high schools, we are still awaiting the arrival of another 380 hotspots to be deployed to elementary and middle school families as soon as they arrive. 

In the meantime, we have identified community internet access points and drive-up access points at our schools to help bridge this gap. You can find more information about these access points at our website, www.worcesterk12.org.  

I also want to let our seniors and their families know that in the next week, I plan to send them a direct message to address the concerns that I have received about those special milestones that they and their families are looking forward to: in particular, graduations. So be on the lookout for that next week. 

As you know, our school system is closed tomorrow and Monday for Spring Break, and Tuesday is a professional day for teachers, which means we have provided additional assistance at our feeding sites today to cover the closures. 

So as I close this message, I want to wish each of you a very happy Easter if you celebrate it, and may God bless each and every one of our families.  We look forward to seeing all of our students virtually on Wednesday! 

Take care and good night. 

Sincerely,
Louis H. Taylor
Superintendent of Schools