March 20, 2020 - COVID-19 Update

March 20, 2020 - COVID-19 Update
Posted on 03/20/2020
March 20, 2020 (Via Robocall & Video Message)

Good evening, Worcester County Public Schools’ family, 

This is your Superintendent Lou Taylor. As we come to the end of this first week of our mandated closure, I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to our incredible community for your continued support throughout this health crisis.  

I have seen such incredible acts of heroism from the far reaches of our county throughout this time: from our Board of Education, the County Commissioners, the County Health Department, and other government partners sharing their resources to local restaurants, businesses and organizations supporting our efforts to feed our students to our instructional staff and educators sharing resources and learning tools to help our families. It is during times of crisis that we see the true character of people, and I am honored and humbled by the incredible character I have seen from the people of Worcester County.  

Now, as we move forward into the second week of this closure, I know many questions have been brewing in our community. While many unknowns still surround how this health crisis will ultimately impact our schools, I want to assure you that we are working on contingency plans to ensure we have continuity of learning should this closure extend past next week. 

Additionally, many of our families have expressed their worry about those important rites of passage that are part of a child’s educational experience outside of learning. We want to reassure you that we have every intention of celebrating our students; we may not know what those celebrations may look like, but please know that we will not let these moments of life just pass by.  

We want to encourage you all to take to heart the recommendations for your own personal health and safety. Please adhere to social distancing guidelines and disease prevention practices. We will be sharing through our social media some graphics to help remind you of these important practices over the next week. 

We also know that these times can be scary for our young people; we want you to know that it is normal to experience feelings of stress, anger or fear at this time. If you need support for your child’s social-emotional needs, our school counselors are available. Please visit our website, www.worcesterk12.org to learn more about this important resource. 

Lastly, I want to extend my thanks again for your continued support and partnership as we weather this crisis. We will make it through this, together. Take care of yourself and each other, and God bless you all. 

Sincerely,
Louis H. Taylor
Superintendent of Schools