December 29, 2020 - Responsible Return Update

December 29, 2020 - Responsible Return Update
Posted on 12/29/2020
Good evening, families,

First, I hope you and yours are having a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season. I know this year was unlike any other, with many of us making the necessary sacrifices to ensure the safety of our family members and our community as a whole. 

During the entire month of December, we dedicated an enormous amount of resources to facilitate comprehensive, continued trainings for every teacher and staff member in our schools. These trainings were position-specific and designed to ensure that every person in our school system continues to know their role and responsibility in keeping themselves, their colleagues, and of course, our students, as safe as possible. 

In light of this robust training, we feel confident that our schools are well-positioned to continue our transition to Stage Two of our Responsible Return on January 4. As you know, Stage Two means our schools will welcome back our first small, targeted group of students back to in-person learning. Schools have already made contact with those families whose students have been asked to return. 

For those families who will remain in distance learning but look forward to returning to the classroom in our later waves during Stage Two, we will continue to consult with local health officials and regularly examine health and safety conditions to determine when those next waves of students may be able to return. 

Also, as in-person learning begins once again next week, I want to share with our high school students that we will also continue with our plan for Extracurricular Activities. You will receive specific information from your coach or advisor on what that will look like for your sport or activity. 

Lastly, I want you to know that I plan to update families weekly on the status of our Responsible Return, with my next update scheduled for January 8. Until then, please make sure that you are being safe, so we can return more students back to school soon. Wear your masks, keep that physical distance, be sure to stay home when sick, and please get tested if you experience any symptoms of COVID-19. 

On behalf of all of us at Worcester County Public Schools, I wish you and your family a safe, healthy, and happy New Year, and may God bless you always. 

Good night,

Lou Taylor
Superintendent of Schools