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Thursday, 13 August 2020 16:17

Re-opening of Dorchester County Public Schools

October 21, 2020 - Important Announcement

Good Evening DCPS Families,

  This is Dave Bromwell, Superintendent of DCPS.  Over the last 6 days the Dorchester County community has seen an increase in its COVID-19 positivity rate.  The positivity rate has increased exponentially to make Dorchester County the 3rd highest in the state of Maryland over this short period of time.  Today alone our case rate was 30.9 giving Dorchester County a positivity rate of 6.1%. This is up from 2.5% on October 10, 2020. These both meet the health and safety metrics that require a reassessment.

  Through the continued collaboration of the Dorchester County Health Department and DCPS, both agree that in the interest of the health and safety and abundance of caution, to close our school buildings.  I repeat, the school buildings will be closed to students and staff, with staff teleworking until further notice.  This Thursday October 22nd, Friday October 23rd, and Monday October 26th will be asynchronous learning for students.  Beginning Tuesday October 27th, we will return to our phase one virtual learning schedule for students and staff.

  Parents, staff and students, I am just as frustrated for the need to make this decision as you are, but please know that this difficult decision was not taken lightly, and done in full collaboration with the Dorchester County Health Department.  My first priority is the safety and health of our community.  If you have any additional questions, please contact your school administrative team or your child’s teacher through email.

Stay safe and Good night.

October 2, 2020

Here is a summary of protective measures that will be in place for students as we transition to Phase 2 of our reopening plans.

  • The health of all DCPS students and staff depends on you evaluating your student’s health each day before they are sent to school. Please refer to the DCPS COVID-19 AwarenessCOVID-19 AwarenessParent/Guardian Attendance Acknowledgement Statement
  • Students and staff are expected to wear a mask while on the school bus and in school. Mask breaks have been built into students’ daily schedules.
  • Students are encouraged to bring a filled water bottle(s) to school each day. School fountains will not be operational at this time. Students may only bring water to school.
  • To ensure the safety of all bus riders, students must ride the same bus each day. Bus changes cannot be honored at this time.
  • To ensure the safety of all students, parents/guardians will not be admitted to school buildings. If you need to pick up your child due to illness or an appointment, please call the school when you arrive and school staff will meet you at the door. Please be prepared to show your identification.
  • Students should bring their DCPS-issued device and the charger and DCPS workbooks (Illustrative Math, Fundations for elementary) and textbooks (for secondary). All other school supplies should remain at home as individual work materials will be supplied for your child.

Note that family decisions to work virtually will remain in effect until the end of Trimester 1 (November 30) for elementary students and until the end of Semester 1 (January 26, 2021) for secondary students.

October 2, 2020

COVID-19 AwarenessCOVID-19 AwarenessParent/Guardian Attendance Acknowledgement Statement

September 29, 2020

Phase 2: Elementary Schools Re-opening

In order to move forward with an equitable educational program for all learners at home and at school (A week/B week), your student will continue to use the Google platform for direct instruction and the Schoology platform for independent assignments each day.


Monday                              Asychronous

Tuesday – Friday              Students will report in person or virtually to follow their full-day schedule.

Students will continue to work on mastery of the DCPS Curriculum and Maryland Learning Standards.

Students will need to bring their DCPS devices.

Daily Routine:

PreK & Kindergarten      Breakfast; Instruction; 15 minute Mask Break; Instruction; Lunch/Recess; Rest Time/Mask Break; Centers; Read Aloud

Grades 1 – 5                    Breakfast; Instruction; 15 minute Mask Break; Instruction; Lunch/Recess; Instruction; 15 minute Mask Break; ARC Steps

More Details to Come…

Start and finish times, as well as bus routes will be announced once finalized.

Health and Safety precautions will be outlined and shared with families.

Phase 2 Elementary Infographic

September 25, 2020

Superintendent Bromwell Outlines the Next Steps in Re-Opening Schools Video   
Script for the Video

September 24, 2020

PSSAM's statement - Return to Play (PDF)

September 15, 2020

DCPS Re-Opening Plan (PDF) -updated 9/15/2020

September 14, 2020

Pathway for the Return of Interscholastic Athletics in DCPS (PDF)

Student School Process Map for COVID-19 (PDF)

September 3, 2020

COVID-19 101 and FAQ for School Administrators Presentation by Dr. Casey Scott

August 26, 2020 - Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions Concerning the Re-opening of Dorchester County Public Schools

August 13, 2020 - DCPS Re-opening Plan

DCPS Re-Opening Plan (PDF)

July 13, 2020 - Board of Education Amends 2020-2021 School Calendar

The Dorchester County Board of Education today unanimously agreed to amend the 2020-2021 school calendar, moving the first day of school for all students to Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

This adjustment allows the district and families more time to prepare for the challenges presented by virtual learning, particularly in the areas of electronic device preparation, distribution, and training on the use of the new learning platform for teachers, students, as well as parents.

Newly-hired teachers will arrive on August 17 and returning teachers will report on August 24, as originally scheduled.

Superintendent of Schools Dave Bromwell said, “As we start the most unusual school year ever in Dorchester County, it’s important that we take every step we can to ensure success among our staff, students, and families while keeping everyone safe.”