November 12, 2020 - COVID-19 Update

November 12, 2020 - COVID-19 Update
Posted on 11/12/2020

Good evening, Worcester families,

As this week comes to a close for our students, I wanted to take a moment tonight to just communicate to you where we are and how our Responsible Return will continue moving forward. 

As you know, this week has been a challenging one. We have announced that two classrooms and two entire schools in our county have transitioned to distance learning as a result of individuals testing positive for COVID-19.

We have long known that our school system would not remain untouched by this pandemic, which is precisely why we began this school year with a plan rooted in strong health and safety protocols designed to minimize exposure in the school setting as much as possible. We have also designed a notification process that values transparency while remaining true to our responsibility of protecting the privacy of our students and staff. 

With every step in our Responsible Return, we continue to evaluate our local health and safety conditions. This week, as our state and county has seen a rise in COVID-19 positivity, and we have transitioned many students to distance learning, I have made the decision to slow our return of students to the classroom.

Earlier today, I notified those schools who had scheduled their next wave of students to return on Monday of this postponement. While this news has undoubtedly disappointed the many families set to return to in-person learning next week, I believe this is the right thing to do at this time, given the local landscape of this pandemic.

We will continue to analyze health and safety conditions regularly, and as always, our lines of communication will remain open and we will keep you updated as conditions evolve.

Lastly, I know with each message I have sent this week, I have stressed to you the importance of your partnership as we navigate through this pandemic. However, tonight I want to be clear: we need your help if our schools are to remain open for in-person learning. We need each and every one of you to do your part and encourage others to do the same. 

Mask up whenever you’re interacting with others. Keep a safe physical distance from others whenever possible. And please stay home when you’re sick and always complete our screening tool honestly. 

We know that COVID-fatigue is setting in across our country, but we also know how important it is to our community that we are able to continue to offer in-person instruction, so please – do you part, so we can do ours. 

I hope you and your family have a restful extended weekend, and may God continue to bless each and every one of you. 

Good night,
Lou Taylor
Superintendent of Schools