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Superintendent's Press Release

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Dorchester County Public Schools Reopening Statement

03 August 2021

Dorchester County Public Schools Reopening Statement

Staff and Community,

In collaboration, Dorchester County Public Schools and Dorchester County Health Department have reviewed the newest guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. Department of Education, in combination with our local data metrics. These metrics include percent vaccinated, positivity rate, and hospitalization rate. After careful consideration, it has been decided Dorchester County Public Schools will continue to encourage the following:
• Follow Federal mandate of masking on all bus transportation throughout the county
• Unvaccinated students and staff to wear masks in all facilities
• Those who are eligible to receive a vaccination
• Ask staff and families to pre-screen for symptoms of illness daily
• Hand washing throughout the day, especially before and after meals
• Individual materials of instruction (no sharing of supplies)
• When possible, always use social distancing of a minimum of 3 feet within DCPS buildings
• Implement a high level of cleaning, especially high touch areas in schools and busses
Dorchester County Schools will continue to provide the following:
• Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including hand sanitizer to students and staff
• Ongoing professional development to staff, families, and students involving COVID 19 and its variants
• MERV rated filters throughout DCPS HVAC systems
• COVID screening for students and staff whenever possible
• Multiple vaccination opportunities for staff and eligible students leading up to the 2021-2022 school year
Masking continues to be the most talked about subject as we enter the 2021-2022 school year. Dorchester County has become a High-Rate transmission county in Maryland, almost overnight. DCPS will do everything possible to keep our students and staff safe while attending school. It is possible that an individual DCPS school will be required to “Mask Up” if infection rates and COVID transmissions are increasing within a building. We will continue to monitor our community metrics daily. If at any time it becomes necessary to modify our current practices, additional information will be provided in a timely and transparent manner.
W. David Bromwell                                                Roger Harrell
Superintendent                                                      Health Officer
Dorchester County                                                 Dorchester County
Public Schools                                                       Health Department