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Coronavirus Update

July 23, 2020 - DCPS Reopening Plan

DCPS Reopening Plan

July 20, 2020 - DCPS Reopening Plan Draft as of 7-14-2020

DCPS Reopening Plan Draft 7-14-2020

July 14, 2020 - Check out these "Good Reads" from our Dorchester County Health Department. 

Why and How Masks Do Work: Challenge the Myths

UM Shore Regional Health included an article in their weekly newsletter regarding face coverings.  ???? Yes, yes, yes to all of the points listed.

Covid-19 cases are rising, but deaths are falling. What’s going on?
I think this hits on our recent discussion points.  And it makes me think of our discussion back in April regarding the Maryland Matters article, which highlighted Dorchester as one of the most vulnerable counties to COVID-19.  "...as long as the virus is spreading in the community, there is an increased risk that it will find its way to the more vulnerable populations."  Dorchester County had 17 new cases over the past week.  We are still seeing community spread transmission.  Our cases represent infections that probably happened a week or two ago, but there is a longer lag - about six weeks - in the deaths data.

What makes a ‘wave’ of disease? An epidemiologist explains

"Second wave" and "recovery" are terms we are frequently hearing that I personally get frustrated by, because I think they can be misleading and contribute to some of the complacency.  We are better positioned to do testing and contact tracing, but we are all still at risk.  "But arguing about whether the U.S. is in a second wave, the first wave, or wave 1.5 ultimately doesn’t matter.  Whichever it is, the commonsense actions everyone can currently take to limit the spread of infection remain the same: Staying home when possible, wearing a mask and socially distancing when out, and frequently washing hands..."

U.S. is an "outlier" in global coronavirus fight, former CDC director says

"We need a more nuanced approach."  I like the three Ws: Wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance!

Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19 in Children

Check out the CDC's tips to protect children.  Although most of our cases are adults, Dorchester has had a total of 20 confirmed cases under the age of 20.  Also, KABOOM! released guidance for reopening and promoting safe use of playgrounds, and has some tools for parents.

July 13, 2020 - DCPS Reopening Plan - Draft

DCPS Reopening Plan DRAFT (PDF)

June 17, 2020 - Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Card

Families of all children registered in Dorchester County Public Schools will soon receive up to $370.50 per child in extra food benefits.  These benefits, called Pandemic-EBT, are intended to help families in Maryland purchase food.  This program is run by Maryland Department of Human Services in conjunction with Maryland State Department of Education.  For more information, visit https://dhs.maryland.gov/pebt/.

Note:  This fact sheet is for Dorchester County only.  Details may vary in other counties.

What is P-EBT?

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) provides nutrition assistance to families whose children are eligible for free or reduced school meals.  In Dorchester County, this includes ALL children. 

How much will I receive?

Families with children registered in Dorchester County Public Schools on March 13, 2020 will receive a payment of up to $370.50 per child.

When will I receive the benefit?

If your family is currently receiving SNAP benefits, your P-EBT benefits will be added to your EBT card during June. If your family is not receiving SNAP, your P-EBT card will be mailed by the end of June.

What can I buy with P-EBT benefits?

Your P-EBT card can be used to buy SNAP-eligible food at most grocery stores and farmer’s markets, and to purchase groceries online with Amazon, Walmart, and ShopRite.  Most food is SNAP-eligible, except prepared food and food sold hot. Your P-EBT card cannot be used for restaurant meals or fast food.

How do I use a P-EBT card?

You use your P-EBT card like a debit card. For more information on how to use your P-EBT card, please call 1-800-997-2222, or go to www.connectebt.com.

How long do I have to use my P-EBT benefits?

You may use your P-EBT benefits for one year, starting the day you receive your card. You must spend at least $1 per month for your card to remain active. If there is no activity on your card for one year, the benefits will be removed.

What will happen to my P-EBT card if my family has moved?

DHS will send your P-EBT card to the address listed on your child’s school record. If you moved recently or think your child’s school might not have your current address, please reach out to your child’s school to update your mailing address as soon as possible.

What should I do if I do not want the P-EBT benefits?

P-EBT benefits are not transferable; therefore, you can’t give your benefits to someone else. Households that do not want to participate in the P-EBT program may destroy the P-EBT card when they receive it. The card can be destroyed by cutting through the magnetic stripe and disposing of it securely.

What do I do if my P-EBT card is lost?

If you lose your card, call 1-800-997-2222, or go to connectebt.com to ask for a replacement. A replacement card may take up to 7 mailing days to reach you.

How do I activate my card?

To activate your P-EBT card and manage your benefits, call 1-800-997-2222 or log on to connectebt.com to manage your EBT account. When you call to activate your card, you’ll need to select a 4-digit PIN to use when you make purchases with the card. When the card is mailed to you, you will also receive information on how to activate it.

I’ve received multiple P-EBT cards. Which one do I use?

Parents/guardians of multiple children who are eligible for P-EBT not currently receiving SNAP benefits will receive a separate card for each child.  If you receive multiple cards, you should activate and use all P-EBT cards received in no particular order.

Are non-US citizen children eligible for P-EBT?

Yes, if they were registered as students in Dorchester County Public Schools on March 13, 2020.

Will this affect my ability to receive other benefits?

No, it does not.

Does P-EBT replace grab and go meal sites?

P-EBT benefits supplement grab and go meals and can be used together.  The current grab-and-go bag arrangement at 16 sites around the county will end June 25.  However, a summer meal program will run from July 7 to July 30 at Choptank Elementary and Hurlock Elementary only.  Grab-and-go bags containing a breakfast and lunch will be available at those two sites on Tuesdays (food for two days) and Thursdays (food for three days) from 11:00 to 12:15.

Does this count against me under public charge?

No, it does not.  The Department of Homeland Security has stated that receiving P-EBT benefits will not affect your immigration status or your ability to receive immigration benefits.

May 8, 2020 - GRADUATION PLANS FOR CLASS OF 2020

April 29, 2020 - Superintendent's Letter to Parents and Guardians

Dear Parents and Caregivers:

              As you know, State Superintendent, Dr. Karen Salmon, announced that the school closure will continue through May 15th. In collaboration with State Health Officials and the Governor; Dr. Salmon will continue to assess the situation and determine when schools may re-open, if they are to open at all for the remainder of the school year. 

             In the meantime, our dedicated DCPS teachers, administrators, and support staff are here to support students and families throughout the school closure. Our Food Service team has served over 77,000 meals at our distribution sites across the county. This average is over 14,000 meals provided weekly to our students when each meal includes breakfast and lunch.   This is an extraordinary time that calls for unprecedented kindness as families and employees adjust to this ever-changing environment. I remain convinced that we will emerge from this experience as a stronger and more compassionate community.

              As we are in the seventh week of extended school closures, every student should be actively engaged in learning at home; whether on a device for high school students or completing a learning packet. Teachers, school counselors, and administrators are connecting with students and families every week. Instruction is occurring, Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings are being scheduled and conducted, teachers are participating in planning and professional learning, and plans are underway for alternative high school graduation ceremonies.

              District leaders continue to enhance our Continuity of Learning Plan and have begun to develop a plan for recovery education designed to provide opportunities for students to master curricular skills and concepts that they may not have mastered during the school closure.

              Each week, we continue to make progress putting new structures in place to meet the needs of students during the school closure.  I approved recommendations made by DCPS directors, supervisors and administrators centered on grading and reporting. Many factors were taken into consideration and of primary concern was that NO student’s grade should be harmed because of the COVID 19 school closure. The major tenets of the grading and reporting changes are as follows:

High School Grading During COVID 19 School Closure:

  • All 4th quarter assignments will be designated as Pass or Incomplete.
  • Students who do not participate in Continuity of Learning assignments throughout the 4th marking period may earn an “Incomplete” (I) as their final course grade and may be required to attend a summer program.
  • Details for final grades are still being worked on; transcripts will include a “COVID 19” notation.
  • Final exams will NOT be administered during the 4th quarter.

Middle School Grading During COVID 19 School Closure:

  • All 4th quarter assignments will be designated as Pass or Incomplete.
  • Students continuing their learning through paper learning packets may submit work through emailed photographs, or students may receive credit for work completed in periodic phone conferences with school staff.
  • Students who do not participate in Continuity of Learning assignments throughout the 4th marking period may earn an “Incomplete” (I) as their final course grade and may be required to attend a summer program.

Elementary Grading During COVID 19 School Closure:

  • Progress will carry over from Trimester 2 unless new content is introduced. Details are being worked through on how to address notations on Trimester 3 Progress Report.

             Finally, you should be aware of changes that are proposed to the 2019-2020 district calendar.  Prekindergarten and Kindergarten registration has been rescheduled – we are working on the new dates and details of how we will manage registration for our future new students, and we will share our plan soon!

              On April 14, 2020, the Maryland State Board of Education gave Dr. Salmon authority to allow local school systems the ability to request a waiver for five (5) of the initial 10 school closure days that were lost due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  We accepted the state 5-day waiver.  Additionally, April 28th was originally scheduled as an Election day for MD and PD day for teachers.  That was adjusted to be a work day for students and teachers.  With these slight calendar adjustments, DCPS will need to make up four school days and will remain on schedule to end school on June 11, 2020.

             Your continued dedication to supporting your child’s learning is greatly appreciated. You ARE the necessary bridge to your child and DCPS continuing the learning process for our students.  Thank You.

Stay healthy,

W. David Bromwell

Superintendent of Schools

April 27, 2020 - Mental Health Resources

Community Behavioral Health                               1-844-224-5264

Corsica River Mental Health                                     443-225-5780

Dorchester Co Hlth Dept/Wellness Ctr                   410-901-8177

Eastern Shore Psychological Services:                       410-822-5007

For All Seasons, Inc:                                                    410-822-1018

Harvesting Hope Youth & Family Wellness           443-351-4846

Maple Shade 410-726-4910/clinic cell phone -office: 410-677-0202

Peace of Mind:                                                           410-690-8181

 

24/7 Mobile Crisis Response: 1-888-407-8018

24/7 Maryland Helpline: Call 211 then press 1

Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Safe Schools Maryland Tip Line is anonymously accessible 24/7 by phone at 1-833-MD-B-SAFE (1-833-632-7233), online at safeschoolsmd.org, and by downloading the free app via the App Store or Google Play.

April 24, 2020 - Dorchester County Public Schools Continuity of Learning Plan

Key Upcoming Dates:

  • April 24, 2020: High School students should have their first assignments submitted in Google Classroom.
  • April 27, 2020: high school students will begin next wave of assignments in Google Classroom.
  • May 4-5, 2020: Third wave of instructional packets will be mailed to Elementary and Middle school students.

This update includes a full overview of Dorchester County Public School’s Continuity of Learning Plan as it continues to take shape to meet the needs of our students and families.

  • Component One: Continuity of Learning Plan

Dorchester County Public Schools (DCPS) is committed to providing engaging learning experiences for all students during this extended closure of our schools. We acknowledge there is no replacement for face to face teaching, but in the event we are not able to offer typical instruction at school, we believe a level of instruction can still take place. At the high school level, this will take place in a distance learning format. At the middle and elementary school levels, lessons will be created in a packet format and will be mailed to students at their homes.

  • Elementary and Middle School Students
    • DCPS Instructional Teams created Instructional Packets for students in grades PreK through Lessons were developed in the four content areas, Math, Reading/ELA, Science and Social Studies. Packets will continue to be mailed throughout the closure. Any returned packets are being addressed on an individual basis.
    • Grade level lesson packets are also available online through DCPS SharePoint under "Teacher Resources Continuity of Learning"
  • High School Students
    • Devices were distributed to any high school student requesting a Mobile hot spots for Wi-Fi were installed at various locations across Dorchester County to provide internet access.
    • DCPS will support Distance Learning through:
    • *Google Classroom: Lessons and learning opportunities are posted in each teacher’s “google classroom”.
    • *APEX: students enrolled in APEX for credit recovery will continue through this platform
    • Need a scientific calculator? Desmos offers a free website and app download. https://www.desmos.com/scientific
  • Component Two: Roles and Responsibilities
    • Division of Instruction
      • Lead content teams in creation of instructional packets for elementary and middle school
      • Provide curricula resources to teachers
      • Support school leadership teams and teachers with the planning and implementation of Distance Learning lessons.
      • Maintain weekly virtual meetings for clear communication with School Administrators.
    • School Based Administration
      • Communicate with families through the period on Distance Learning
      • Support and monitor Distance learning plan
        • Provide support and communicate with staff
      • Conduct weekly “virtual” staff meetings
      • Participate in all IEP team meetings
    • Elementary and Middle Teachers
      • Participate in virtual staff meetings as well as grade level or content area meetings.
      • Review instructional packets for grade/content
      • Conduct weekly check-in calls to students.
      • Monitor student progress and provide feedback through student and parent communication by email and/or phone
    • High School Teachers
      • Participate in professional development to support deliver of instruction through Google Classroom.
      • Develop and upload lessons
      • Monitor student progress and provide feedback.
      • Respond to student and parent communication through Google Classroom, phone and email through “office hours”
      • Participate in “virtual” staff meetings
      • Conduct weekly-check in class to students (by rotating class period)
    • Student Services and Pupil Personnel Workers (PPWs)
      • Support families in transition (homeless0
      • Provide contact support for students on home and hospital instruction
      • Provide support to School Administrators and Counselors
    • School Counselors
      • Participate in weekly counselor team meetings
      • Collaborate with teachers, school social workers, and school administrators to provide support
      • Maintain counselor office hours 10 -2 p.m. Mon – Fri (other hours TBD at principal discretion) to be accessible to students, families, and staff.
      • Provide social emotional tips and supports for students and families via email, phone, and school social media/websites. Classroom lessons to be available via Google Classroom
      • Provide crisis support as needed. – collaborate with teachers, local law enforcement, and DSS
      • Participate in professional development webinars/courses
      • Middle & High School Counselors Only – Utilize Naviance for college and career exploration lessons/communicate with students, and provide academic support reaching out to failing students.
      • High School Counselors Only – collect 2020-2021 registration requests via google docs and emails to be entered to build out the high school schedule.
    • School Social Workers
      • Social Workers will be expected to provide services to all students on their caseload.  
      • Participate in weekly Social Worker team meetings
      • Collaborate with teachers, school counselors and school administrators to provide support
      • Maintain office hours daily to be accessible to students, families, and staff.
      • Provide social emotional tips, support and Crisis Interventions for students and families via email, phone, and school social media/websites.  
      • Provide crisis support as needed. – collaborate with teachers, local law enforcement, and DSS
      • Participate in professional development webinars/courses
    • Instructional Coaches
      • Work with Instructional Teams in creating lessons for learning packets
      • Work with School Administrator to support teachers
    • English Language Learner Teachers
      • First priority of EL teachers will be to ensure their students have access to materials and/or technology.
      • Next priority is to reach out to teachers who have EL students to provide support and assist with modifying work and delivering instruction.
      • EL Teachers will conduct weekly check-in calls to students.
    • Special Education Case Managers
      • Special Education Case Managers will work with their school administrators to contact each parent to determine how each individual student’s IEP will be implemented during this extended closure.  The plan will address how the student will access general education instruction.
      • Special education and related services will be provided as outlined on the plan that was agreed upon with the student’s parent.

DCPS is here to help, contact your student’s school office to get the resources and support you and your learner need.

  • Students
    • Dedicate appropriate time to learning, comparable to the school day, or as guided by your teachers.
    • High School students - check online platforms for information and assignments daily. Most lessons will be asynchronous, meaning you are not in real time with your teacher; attend as much as possible synchronous (real time) engagements offered by your teachers. Submit all assignments in accordance with the directions provided by the teacher.
    • All students: identify a comfortable and quiet place to study/learn.
    • Engage in all learning with academic honesty. Do your best!
    • Ensure your own social and emotional well-being by engaging in time for reflection, physical activity, conversation, and play.
    • Make sure you practice appropriate social distancing when around others.
  • Parents
    • Provide an environment conducive to learning (access to technology, safe and quiet space during daytime)
    • Engage in conversations on posted material, assignments and learning packets.
    • Monitor time spent learning
    • Encourage attendance in synchronous engagements offered by your child’s teachers
    • Support emotional balance by providing ample room and time for reflection, physical activity, conversation, and play
    • Encourage time learning about something new
  • Component Three: A Sample Day for Students and Teachers
    • Elementary and Middle School Students
      • Option 1:
        • Mon, Wed, Fri – spend 15- 30 minutes on each – Reading (RELA)/Science/Social Studies
        • Tues, Thurs – spend 20-45 minutes on Math
      • Option 2:
        • Monday – focus on Math and complete all the assignments throughout the day
        • Tuesday – focus on Reading (RELA) and complete all the assignments throughout the day
        • Wednesday – focus on Science and complete all the assignments throughout the day
        • Thursday – focus on Social Studies and complete all the assignments throughout the day
      • Option 3: You can choose to start whatever time you would like each day, but here is
        an example
        • 8:00am-9:00am Get ready for school as you normally would
        • 9:00am-9:30am Math
        • 9:30am-9:45am Get up stretch, complete 10 jumping jacks or walk around
        • 9:45am-10:15am Reading (RELA)
        • 10:15am-11:15am Break – Free reading time or an activity that you enjoy
        • 11:15am-11:45am Science
        • 11:45am-1:00pm Break for lunch or another fun activity or do
        • 1:00pm-1:30pm Social Studies
        • 2:00pm-8:00pm Student choice – Engage your mind by playing a board game, read, practice math facts or write a story  
        • 8:00pm-9:00pm Get ready for bed. Turn off all electronics and get ready for
                                               “school” the following day
      • High School Students will have lessons/activities through Google Classroom. Each lesson/activity per content should take your DCPS student 30-45 minutes to complete. The following suggestions for how much time your DCPS student could spend on any one task may help you and your family as you continue learning from home during this break from the school building. As much as possible, please keep routines as you would for a regular school day.  Reduce any distractions such as TV or electronics during designated work time.   We have provided a schedule suggestion that may help your DCPS student set up a daily routine to complete these tasks.  Of course, these are just suggestions.
        • Option 1:

60 minutes English Content 

20 minutes break  

60 minutes Mathematics Content

20 minutes break  

30 minutes Science Content 

30 minutes Social Studies Content  

20 minutes break 

30 minutes Special Area Classes, Technology and Wellness Activities 

  • Option 2: You can change the start time, but here is an example:

8:00am-9:00am                Get ready for school as you normally would

9:00am-9:45am                Course 1

9:45am-10:00am             Get up stretch, complete 10 jumping jacks or walk around

10:00am-10:45am           Course 2

10:45am-11:15am           Break – Free reading time or an activity that you enjoy

11:15am-12:00am           Course 3

12:00pm-1:00pm             Break for lunch or another fun activity or do

1:00pm-1:45pm                Course 4

  • Teachers
    • Scheduled office hours: Contact families 1 time per week; Class Google Meets, individual student contacts for academic support, individual parent/student conferences, phone contacts, email correspondences with students and families (2 hrs./day)
    • Collaborative Meetings: School based staff meetings, grade level meetings, department meetings; (1-2 hours/day)
    • Planning: creating lessons; reviewing student work and providing feedback; developing enrichment activities; creating videos; (1-2 hours/day)
    • Professional Learning & Professional Responsibilities: attending IEP, 505, MLIP, SBLT, SIT etc meetings, required professional learning, self-selected professional learning. (1-2 hours/day)
  • Component Four: Monitoring Student Work
    • Elementary and Middle School Students
      • Teachers are maintaining weekly records for contact with students and families.
      • Through weekly contacts teachers are supporting students and families in completion of instructional packets.
      • Complete packets can be mailed back to schools. Some schools have set up drop off site for instructional
    • High School Students
      • Students had an opportunity to submit missing work for Quarter Three to close out their letter grade, and have transitioned into Quarter Four for online learning.
      • Work is to be submitted through Google Classroom, or email directly to the teacher.
      • Students will receive “pass” and/or “incomplete” grades in PowerSchool.
      • Teachers are grading based on student engagement and effort.
      • All interactions can be monitored through Google Classroom.
      • Teachers are maintaining weekly records for contact with student and families.
  • Component Five: Ensuring Equity for all student groups
    • Special education, 504, and EL case managers will be communicating directly with families to review student schedules, online platforms, accommodations, and technology supports. In addition, staff in the Department of Special Education are working with schools to address any questions that are brought directly to the school. 
    • IEP Case Managers
      • Teachers and administrators were trained in how to complete a Distance Learning Plan (DLP). They began working with related service providers to contact parents, develop DLPs and began providing This individual contact with parents ensured that students with disabilities were able to access specialized instruction. Several digital resources which were used by teachers and students in traditional school, were also available to students, teachers, and parents during this time.
    • English Language Learners
      • supported during this closure as ESOL teachers will continue to collaborate with content teachers to ensure access to the learning opportunities provided through distance learning. Services will not be the same as what they were previously receiving on school campuses. Numerous bilingual resources have also been provided to support families with our distance learning process.
      • Certified ESOL teachers are included as members of elementary and secondary district wide content planning groups as they create both digital and non-digital lessons;
      • Certified ESOL teacher teams are ensuring accessibility of core content for ELLs by providing suggested modifications to both digital and non-digital formats;
      • Certified ESOL teachers are working to contact students and families regularly to provide support;
      • Learning resource packets have been developed and translated into several home languages;
      • Language specific translators and interpreters have been utilized to translate and interpret materials and communications;
      • Language Line is being used regularly during the school closure by administrators and teachers to communicate with families;
    • Students with Academic Needs
      • In addition to the services for ALL students, the following have been provided for homeless families:
        • All homeless parents were contacted through the Office of Student Services to determine student’s need for additional resources.
        • Local resource lists are being provided to those who work closely with homeless students and families.
      • Gifted and Talented Students are being supported at each grade span. Instructional content teams have provided resources for enrichment and extension activities.
  • Component Six: Exented Professional Development Opportunties
    • Elementary/Middle School Staff Development:
      • County-wide PLC meetings have been occurring for instructional coaches led by content supervisors to support ongoing development of instructional packets for students prek – 8.
      • Instructional coaches then lead school based grade level PLC meetings to support teachers on instructional activities.
      • School counselors and social workers are offering resources to teachers to support helping students and families during this time.
      • Staff are also engaged in teacher selected professional learning through various professional organizations such as NCTM and NAEYC and on the MSDE website.
      • DCPS will be offering Schoology training in the near future to all teachers as we move toward using this LMS platform.
    • High School Staff Development:
      • Weekly staff and department meetings have been occurring to support teachers.
      • All high school teachers received training in Google Classroom; ongoing support is provided to assist teachers in using the platform.
      • DCPS has begun training for cohorts of High School teachers to learn how to use Schoology.
    • Special Education Staff:
      • A virtual PLC meeting took place with all Special Education Staff outlining the new responsibilities because of school closing.
      • All guidance provided to staff was under the direction of MSDE and lead by the Supervisor of Special Education.
      • Ongoing PLC’s are being held to support Special Educators, related service providers and administrators as DCPS adjusts to this service delivery model.
    • ELL Staff:
      • A virtual PLC meeting took place with all ELL staff outlining the new responsibilities due to school closing. T
      • he ELL Supervisor is meeting weekly with staff to provide support to the EL teachers in meeting needs of our ELL students
  • Component Seven: Resources available to students
    • Dorchester County Public Schools uses social media platforms, instructional packets and school messenger to update students and families about various resources that are available. 
    • In addition to sharing resources provided by MSDE, DCPS has also shared the following website resources have been shared with our families to provide enrichment or to support instruction:
  • https://www.arcbookshelf.com/
  • https://www.khanacademy.org/
  • https://reading.ecb.org/
  • https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
  • https://www.starfall.com/h/
  • https://www.funbrain.com/
  • https://constitutioncenter.org/learn
  • https://www.highlightskids.com/#
  • https://padlet.com/
  • https://web.seesaw.me/
  • https://my.hrw.com/index.jsp Holt online (HS textbook)
  • commonlit.org
  • https://newsela.com
  • revisionassistant.com
  • NoRedInk.com
  • study.com
  • https://www.remind.com/
  • collegeboard.org for all AP courses http://www.wallenpaupack.org/enrichment/WAHS/English/Sandercock/APLangWeek34.pdf - 15 Day Rhetoric Challenge for AP English
  • https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-statistics
  • http://www.mdcoalition.org/get-help-now/parent-caregiver-support-groups

April 22, 2020 - Teacher of the Year and First-Class Teacher of the Year Announcement

During the COVID-19 closure, we have had to make many changes and adjustments to the way we do things.  Our Teacher of the Year Program was one of the many things that we had to put “on-hold” while we made these adjustments. The opportunity to make the announcement in a new way.

For the first time in the history of Dorchester County Public Schools, we will live stream the announcement of the Dorchester County Teacher of the Year and First-Class Teacher of the Year!

On Thursday, April 23rd at 6 p.m., we will live stream the announcement of our 2020-2021 Dorchester County Teacher of the Year and First-Class Teacher of the Year winners. 

The link to the live-streamed announcement is ….

https://townhallstreams.com/towns/dorchesterboe

April 17, 2020 - School Social Worker/School Community Liaison Covid-19 Office Hours

CSDHS & SDK-8

LaShona Coleman: 443-521-2907

Monday – Thurs 9:00 – 12:00 pm.

Choptank Elementary

Angela Murry: 410-406-1470

M-F 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Hurlock Elementary                                                                      

Jannia Mitchell: 410-635-9043                                              

M-F 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Maces Lane Middle                                                         

Ciara Cooks: 410-775-6810                                                     

M-F 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.                                                            

Kala Farrare: 267-341-7136

M-F 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.   

Maple Elementary

Ashley Pinder: 240-547-9311

M 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

T 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

W 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

TH 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

F 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Sandy Hill Elementary                                                     

Brittany Duckworth: 443-732-0395                                        

T/W 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and TH 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.                        

Stephanie Fuchs: 302-469-0233                                             

Monday – Thursday 9:00 – 1:00 p.m.                                     

Friday 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.  

NDMS & Warwick Elementary

Kira Gillin: 410-463-2028

M-F 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

NDHS & Vienna Elem

Zebrina Rhem: 443-521-1757

M-F 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. 

April 15, 2020 - Updated Continuity of Learning Plan

Updated April 15, 2020

Updated Timeline

March 13-March 27: Instructional Leadership Teams identified instructional standards and resources for Continuity of Learning during closure.

March 30-April 3: Instructional packets were created by the Instructional Leadership Teams focusing on RELA, Math, Science and Social Studies.

March 30-April 14: Middle and High School students requested and submitted missing work to close out Quarter Three.

April 6- April 7: Instructional packets for Elementary and Middle school students were mailed home, and are available online.

April 6- April 17: High School teachers receive training on Google Classroom. Teachers set up their Google Classroom and release first assignments. 

April 17-April 24: High School students will complete and submit assignments to begin Quarter Four through Google Classroom. 

April 20-April 24: The second wave of instructional packets for Elementary and Middle School students will be mailed home, and are available online. 

Access Wifi hotspots in school parking lots throughout the county.

Dorchester County Public Schools (DCPS) is committed to providing engaging learning experiences for all students during this extended closure of our schools. We acknowledge there is no replacement for face to face teaching, but in the event we are not able to offer typical instruction at school, we believe a level of instruction can still take place. At the high school level, this will take place in a distance learning format. At the middle and elementary school levels, lessons will be created in a packet format and will be mailed to students at their homes.

Elementary & Middle Schools

  • DCPS Instructional Teams created Instructional Packets for students in grades PreK through 8.
  • Lessons were developed in the four content areas, Math, Reading/ELA, Science and Social Studies.
  • Packets were mailed to every home and will continue to be mailed throughout the closure.
  • Any returned packets are being addressed on an individual basis.
  • Grade level lesson packets are also available online.

High Schools Distance Learning Platforms

  • DCPS completed an online or paper/pencil survey to determine the technology needs of our high school students. Devices were distributed to any high school student requesting a device. Mobile hot spots for Wi-Fi were installed at various locations across Dorchester County to provide internet access.
  • DCPS will support Distance Learning through:
  • *Google Classroom: Lessons and learning opportunities are posted in each teacher’s “google classroom”.
  • *APEX: students enrolled in APEX for credit recovery will continue through this platform
  • Professional development for teachers: training was provided to teachers on Google Classroom so that they can deliver instruction through online format.

Roles and Responsibilities during Continuity of Learning

  • Division of Instruction:
    • Lead content teams in creation of instructional packets for elementary and middle school
    • Provide curricula resources to teachers
    • Support school leadership teams and teachers with the planning and implementation of Distance Learning lessons
    • Maintain weekly virtual meetings for clear communication with School Administrators. 
  • School Based Administrators
  • Communicate with families throughout the period on Distance Learning
  • Support and monitor Distance Learning Plan; provide support and communicate with staff
  • Conduct weekly “virtual” staff meetings
  • Participate in all IEP team meetings
  • Elementary and Middle School Teachers
  • Participate in virtual staff meetings as well as grade level or content area meetings
  • Review instructional packets for grade/content
  • Conduct weekly check-in calls to students
  • Monitor student progress and provide feedback through student and parent communication by email and/or phone
  • High School Teachers
  • Participate in professional development to support delivery of instruction through Google Classroom
  • Develop and upload lessons
  • Monitor student progress and provide feedback
  • Respond to student and parent communication through Google Classroom, phone and email through “office hours”
  • Participate in “virtual” staff meetings
  • Conduct weekly check-in calls to students (by rotating class period)
  • Student Services & Pupil Personnel Workers (PPWs)
  • Support families in transition (homeless)
  • Provide contact support for students on home and hospital instruction
  • Provide support to School Administrators and Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Social Workers will be expected to provide services to all students on their caseload.
  • Participate in weekly Social Worker team meetings
  • Collaborate with teachers, school counselors and school administrators to provide support
  • Maintain office hours daily to be accessible to students, families, and staff.
  • Provide social emotional tips, support and Crisis Interventions for students and families via email, phone, and school social media/websites.
  • Provide crisis support as needed. – collaborate with teachers, local law enforcement, and DSS
  • Participate in professional development webinars/courses
  • School Counselors
  • Participate in weekly counselor team meetings
  • Collaborate with teachers, school social workers, and school administrators to provide support
  • Maintain counselor office hours 10 -2 p.m. Mon – Fri (other hours TBD at principal discretion) to be accessible to students, families, and staff.
  • Provide social emotional tips and supports for students and families via email, phone, and school social media/websites. Classroom lessons to be available via Google Classroom
  • Provide crisis support as needed. – collaborate with teachers, local law enforcement, and DSS
  • Participate in professional development webinars/courses
  • Middle & High School Counselors Only – Utilize Naviance for college and career exploration lessons/communicate with students, and provide academic support reaching out to failing students.
  • High School Counselors Only – collect 2020-2021 registration requests via google docs and emails to be entered to build out the high school schedule.
  • Instructional Coaches
  • Work with Instructional Teams in creating lessons for learning packets
  • Work with School Administrator to support teachers
  • Special Education Case Managers
  • Special Education Case Managers will work with their school administrators to contact each parent to determine how each individual student’s IEP will be implemented during this extended closure. The plan will address how the student will access general education instruction.
  • Special education and related services will be provided as outlined on the plan that was agreed upon with the student’s parent.
  • English Lagnuage Learner Teachers
  • First priority of EL teachers will be to ensure their students have access to materials and/or technology
  • Next priority is to reach out to teachers who have EL students to provide support and assist with modifying work and delivering instruction
  • EL teachers will conduct weekly check-in calls to students)
  • DCPS is here to help, contact your student's school office to get the resources and support you and your learner need.
  • Parent/Guardian
  • Provide an environment conducive to learning (access to technology, safe and quiet space during daytime)
  • Engage in conversations on posted material, assignments and learning packets.
  • Monitor time spent learning
  • Encourage attendance in synchronous engagements offered by your child’s teachers
  • Support emotional balance by providing ample room and time for reflection, physical activity, conversation, and play
  • Encourage time learning about something new
  • Student
  • Dedicate appropriate time to learning, comparable to the school day, or as guided by your teachers.
  • High School students - check online platforms for information and assignments daily. Most lessons will be asynchronous, meaning you are not in real time with your teacher; attend as much as possible synchronous (real time) engagements offered by your teachers. Submit all assignments in accordance with the directions provided by the teacher.
  • All students: identify a comfortable and quiet place to study/learn.
  • Engage in all learning with academic honesty. Do your best!
  • Ensure your own social and emotional well-being by engaging in time for reflection, physical activity, conversation, and play.
  • Make sure you practice appropriate social distancing when around others.

DCPS Continuity Of Learning Plan - updated April 15, 2020 (PDF)

April 4, 2020 - Superintendent's Message to the Class of 2020

Written Letter to Class of 2020

April 3, 2020 - Letter to Parents from Superintendent Bromwell

Good evening DCPS families,

I hope everyone is doing well and managing through this challenging time.

Please know that your DCPS staff is working hard to continue our “continuity of learning” plan.   Early next week, instructional packets will be mailed to all students in grades Pre-K through 8.  

Middle and High school staff and students will be working to close out the term 3 marking period.  

High school instruction will take place online. Our high school teachers will be using Google Classroom for distance learning and will be available to communicate with students through that platform. All high school students will be receiving directions on how to use Google Classroom. If you and your family have a connectivity issue at home, please contact your high school grade level administrator for further directions.

All teachers will be reaching out to their students to check-in on a weekly basis. If you have questions, please reach out to your teachers and administrators through email or the school phone. All emails and phone messages will be responded to as soon as possible.

I am sure that all of you have many questions about what this school closure and our new norm mean for your child’s education, especially our upperclassmen in high school. Please know that we are in constant communication with the Maryland State Department of Education to work through all the details related to graduation requirements. Decisions on requirements for graduation will be presented to the MD State Board of Education Members next week. Please stay tuned—we will keep you updated as we learn.

I want to thank everyone for your cooperation and patience as we work through this.

 

April 3, 2020 - DCPS Installs Hot Spots

Dorchester County Public Schools has established nine new external Wi-Fi “hot spots” which will allow students using DCPS devices access to the internet. These were installed to facilitate access to schoolwork to ensure continuity of learning during school closure. The hot spots are outside the following DCPS buildings:

  • Board of Education office on Glasgow St.
  • Cambridge South Dorchester High School
  • Sandy Hill Elementary 
  • Maces Lane Middle School
  • Warwick Elementary 
  • Hurlock Elementary 
  • South Dorchester K8 School
  • Vienna Elementary 
  • North Dorchester High School

Most of the school sites receive a better signal in the school’s bus loop. The Board of Education hot spot is on the High St. side of the building.

 

March 31, 2020 - Continuity of Learning Plan/3rd Term and 3rd Trimester

Dorchester County Public Schools: Continuity of Learning Plan

Dorchester County Public Schools (DCPS) is committed to providing engaging learning experiences for all students during this extended closure of our schools. Over the past three weeks, DCPS staff have been developing a Continuity of Learning plan that will engage students in learning. This plan includes three phases.

Phase 1

The afternoon of March 12, DCPS was notified during the Governor’s press conference that schools would be closed for students and staff beginning March 17-March 27. In response to this, DCPS prepared grade-level specific learning packets for both English Language Arts and mathematics. These packets were distributed to students in PreK through grade 12 prior to students leaving school on March 13.

It is important to note that the priority focus in this phase was on implementing critical supports for our students and families. This included implementing the preparation and distribution of meals, cleaning our school buildings, and mobilizing essential 12-month staff.

Initial Closure Period: March 23-March 27

During this week, DCPS expanded its meal distribution sites and implemented an extended meal service.

DCPS Leadership sought critical clarifications from the Maryland State Department of Education regarding expectations for Continuity of Learning in the event of an extended closure. Curriculum staff collaborated with state colleagues on resources and best practices. In addition, Curriculum staff:

  • identified critical standards,
  • assessed existing resources,
  • began to outline parameters for continuity of learning.

Upon notification on March 25 of the decision for an extended closure, the Division of Instruction took the lead in preparing additional learning packets to distribute to students the week of April 6th.   The plan for distribution of packets is to mail them to every student; the plan will be shared with all families through various platforms including school messenger, FB posts, newspaper and radio. These resources will also be made available online on each school’s website.

DCPS has also reached out to families to access family technology resources. An online survey as well as a paper survey through our meal distribution was put out for responses. The DCPS Instructional Technology team has mobilized to prepare technology devices to loan to our students. DCPS Leadership Teams are developing a plan for distribution of devices with a focus on High School students as the priority. In addition, the instructional technology staff developed a plan for to add wireless access points in key locations around the county to increase the availability of internet access for students.

Extended Closure: March 30-April 10

Beginning Monday, March 30, all DCPS Instructional Teams will finalize learning packets for our students. All activities will be vetted through the lens of our Special Education staff as well as through our EL Supervisor. School principals will be meeting “virtually” with their staff to set up guidelines for teachers reaching out to students and families and to share plans for on-going communication, including establishing “office hours.” School counselors and social workers will also be available to support students beginning in this phase of implementation the week of April 6th.    DCPS staff will begin professional development on “Schoology”, a learning management system. During this extended closure teachers will have the opportunity to learn about the management system and how to use it in their classrooms.

Extended Closure: April 13 - April 24

Beginning on Monday, April 13, DCPS will begin presenting opportunities for online learning experiences for students (tentative, based on meeting technology needs). Teachers will be encouraged to include additional resources for students who want to extend their learning beyond the core tasks. Teachers will continue to provide support with calls to students to maximize engagement of all learners.

Students who do not have access to the internet will receive grade specific packets with activities aligned to key grade level standards in the core content areas.

PLEASE NOTE:   All plans are subject to change per directive of the Maryland State Department of Education. DCPS are committed to supporting our students during this health crisis.

                                                    Continuity of Learning Phase One      Continuity of Learning Phase Two

 

3rd Term and 3rd Trimester

Elementary 3rd Trimester Robocall to Families:

Good afternoon school families,

This message is to provide you with important information about the continuity of learning during the third trimester.   As you are aware, schools will remain closed until April 24th. While school buildings remain closed, instructional packets are being prepared for your students.  Our plan is to mail them to your student beginning Monday, April 6th.   Each packet will have a letter explaining what your child needs to do.  Packets will be created and sent every two weeks during this extended closure.  We are committed to ensuring that key standards and essential skills are being delivered for every student. The focus will be math, reading, science and social studies.

     In the near future, your child’s teacher will be reaching out to them by phone or email.  Please know that we miss all of you and look forward to checking in with you soon.  Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions.  Thank you and stay safe!  WE will get through this!  

 

Middle/High 3rd Term Robocall to Families:

Good afternoon middle and high school families,

This message is to provide you with important information about the conclusion of term 3.   As you are aware, schools will remain closed until April 24th. While school buildings remain closed, work packets are being prepared and a distribution plan put in place for next week.   Work will be available online and in printed form beginning at the start of term 4 the week of April 6th, and for every week thereafter during this extended closure.  We are committed to ensuring that key standards and essential skills are being delivered for every student. The initial focus will be math, reading, science and social studies.

The focus for the next week will be on teachers and students working together to quickly wrap up work for the 3rd marking term which was scheduled to end for secondary schools on Monday, March 30th.  Students and families are encouraged to access PowerSchool to identify any assignments that are missing.  Students will have a chance to complete any missing assignments to finish the term with the best grade they can earn.  Our students will have an opportunity to improve their grade if they wish, but no student will see their grade fall from where it was on Friday, March 13th, when classes were suspended.  Therefore, completing make-up work is an option for students and families.

Students will have until Thursday, April 9th, to request make-up work.  All grades will be completed and updated progress reports will be available by Thursday, April 16th.  It is up to the students and their families to inform their teacher what they need in order to make-up the assignments.  Students may email their teacher to request make-up work.  If a student does not have access to email, they can call the school and provide specific details of the assignment that is missing and their teacher will respond.  Assignments can be shared via email, online or mail.

Thank you for your cooperation during this time.

 

March 28, 2020

CHANGE IN FOOD DISTRIBUTION SCHEDULE 

Starting the week of Monday, March 30, Dorchester County Public Schools grab-and-go bags will be distributed Monday through Thursday only, with the Thursday bags containing both Thursday’s and Friday’s meals. This change will make the food distribution system more efficient and safer for families and staff with one fewer trip out by adults and children and less exposure for both families and DCPS Food Service staff. 

 

NEW FOOD DISTRIBUTION SITE ADDED 

 

Beginning Monday, March 30, Dorchester County Public School students will be able to pick up their grab-and-go bags at St. Paul’s Church at 205 Maryland Ave. in Cambridge. The site will be open Monday through Thursday (with Friday’s meals in Thursday’s bags) from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The complete list of county sites for students to receive bags as of March 30 is: 

 

· Choptank Elementary School

· Sandy Hill Elementary School

· Warwick Elementary School

· Hurlock Elementary School

· Vienna Elementary School

· South Dorchester PreK-8

· North Dorchester High School

· New Beginnings, Greenwood Ave., Cambridge

· Empowerment Center, Pine St., Cambridge

· Foxtail Crossing, Zachary Dr., Cambridge

· St. Paul’s Church, Maryland Ave., Cambridge

· Beside Goodwill store, Cambridge Marketplace

· Board of Education, Glasgow St., Cambridge

· Gold Rush Ave., Hurlock

 

March 25, 2020

A message from Superintendent of Schools Dave Bromwell:

We all have been navigating uncharted territory as our county, state, and nation has grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic. During the Governor’s Press Conference, we were notified by Dr. Karen Salmon, Maryland State Superintendent, that all schools will be closed through April 24th, 2020, with the expectation for continuity of learning to continue for students during this time.  

Your Dorchester County Public School team has been preparing for this eventuality with our instructional supervisors and administrators. They are working to create plans to ensure that the learning opportunities prepared are aligned with the Maryland State Department of Education’s guidance.  More details about this instructional plan for this extended school closure will be shared with our families next week.  Our staff has been kept up to date on this process and as you would expect, have offered to help in any way possible.  We all miss our students! 
 
We will also continue to be responsive to our students' needs for meals while school buildings are closed. 

It is important that we adhere to the mandates and recommendations coming from our state and national governments. We must continue to support each other's health, safety and well-being by following preventive measures such as social distancing, proper hand-washing, and staying home when sick, as the CDC and our trusted state and local health partners have advised.

Communication is critically important during this time.  We will continue to keep our community informed as we navigate through this challenging time. I am proud of our DCPS leaders and staff who are working diligently to do whatever is necessary to see us through this challenge in the best interests of our children.

Thank you,

David Bromwell

Superintendent

 

March 25, 2020

The State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon today announced that the school closure due to COVID-19 has been extended through Friday, April 24.  The Dorchester County Health Department and partnering agencies, of which Dorchester County Public Schools is one, are holding a press conference tomorrow, Thursday, March 26, at 10:00 a.m. to share important updates regarding COVID-19.  During this time, Superintendent of Schools Dave Bromwell will share information around the extended closure, including the work on plans for instruction.  This press conference will be livestreamed at https://townhallstreams.com/towns/dorchesterboe and will be available for later viewing as well.  Dorchester County residents are encouraged to submit questions in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

March 20, 2020

DCPS is working on plans to provide instructional opportunities to your children.  Part of this plan includes assessing the technology available in your homes.  For those who can access it: TECHNOLOGY SURVEY.  Spanish Version:  ENCUESTA TECNOLÓGICA . For those who can’t, please call your school and leave a message with your name, phone number and whether or not you have a computer available for use in your home.  

      Once we have gathered this information, we will reach out via social media and phone to update you on our next steps.  Thank you for your support and cooperation as we work through this situation. 

 

March 20, 2020

Effective Monday, March 23, there will be four additional locations where students can pick up their grab-and-go bags of food items each day, Monday through Friday. The new locations are Warwick Elementary, South Dorchester School, 1243 Zachary Drive in Foxtail Crossing, and Dorchester County Public Schools Central Office at 700 Glasgow St. in Cambridge. Pick-up times are the same as other sites, 11:00 to 12:30. As a reminder, other sites for pick-up are Choptank, Sandy Hill, Hurlock, and Vienna Elementary Schools, North Dorchester High School, the Empowerment Center on Pine St., New Beginnings on Greenwood Ave., and the parking lot of the Goodwill Store at Cambridge Marketplace. Children must be present to receive the meals; adults cannot accept meals on their behalf. Children age 4 to 18 are eligible to receive the bags. Our partner Meals till Monday will also be distributing weekend food through most of these locations at the end of next week.

March 17, 2020

Effective tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18, free meals for Dorchester County Public Schools students will be available five days a week, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. during the school closure.  Grab-and-go bags will be available for pickup in the parking lots of the following locations:  Choptank Elementary, Hurlock Elementary, Vienna Elementary, Sandy Hill Elementary, New Beginnings Outreach on Greenwood Ave., the Empowerment Center on Pine St., North Dorchester High School, and in the parking area adjacent to the Goodwill store in Cambridge Marketplace.  Children must be present to receive the meals; adults cannot accept meals on behalf of children.  Children age 4 to 18 are eligible.  Meals till Monday will also provide extra food for the weekends on Thursday and Friday.
Thank you.

March 15, 2020

Dorchester County Public Schools will be providing a free meal service to students during the two-week school closure at several locations throughout the county. Beginning on Tuesday, March 17, grab-and-go bag breakfast and lunches will be available for pick-up in the parking lots of the following locations:


• Choptank Elementary
• Sandy Hill Elementary
• Hurlock Elementary
• Vienna Elementary
• North Dorchester High School
• New Beginnings on Greenwood Ave., Cambridge
• Empowerment Center on Pine St., Cambridge
• Parking area adjacent to the Goodwill store at Cambridge Marketplace


Pick-up times are from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday for each of the two weeks. The grab-and-go bags are for children between the ages of 4 and 18, and adults cannot accept bags on behalf of children. Our good friends at Meals till Monday will also provide supplemental food for weekend meals on Thursdays at Choptank, Sandy Hill, Empowerment Center, and New Beginnings and on Fridays at Hurlock, Vienna, North Dorchester High, and Cambridge Marketplace.

 

March 13, 2020

NOTICE OF BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

DATE:        Thursday, March 19, 2020                

TIME:         4:00 p.m.

PLACE:      The Board Room

                   Central Office of the Board of Education

                   700 Glasgow Street

                   Cambridge, MD 21613

Due to COVID-19 the Board of Education of Dorchester County will still be having their regular monthly Board meeting at the date, time, and location indicated above to address business as indicated on the agenda. The meeting will be open to the public by livestreaming only:

https://townhallstreams.com/towns/dorchesterboe

After the start of the Open session, the Board will meet in closed Session in accordance with Section 3-305 of the General Provisions of the Annotated Code of Maryland. At the conclusion of the Closed Session, the Board will reconvene at 6:00 p.m. in Open Session by livestreaming only.

All Board of Education Meetings will be livestreamed: https://townhallstreams.com/towns/dorchesterboe

 

March 12, 2020 7:00pm

I want to thank parents and students for your understanding during the most difficult situation I have seen in my 31 years in Dorchester County schools.  As Gov. Hogan said in today’s press conference, we are now experiencing a global pandemic.   Please take the time to listen to this message in its entirety.

Schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27th, as directed by the State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Karen Salmon.  All events and activities on school property are suspended until further notice.  During this time, deep cleaning of our schools and buses will be our highest priority.

Tomorrow, schools will operate on a normal schedule.  Our focus for tomorrow is to provide students with learning materials to be used during the time schools are closed.  We want to see all of our students tomorrow but we do recognize that parents do have the right to keep your children at home if you believe it to be appropriate.

DCPS will be working through a plan to provide meals to our students during this closure and there will be more information about this to come. 

Finally, I would encourage anyone experiencing any form of sickness to seek medical advice from health providers or the health department.

There will be many questions over the next few days and we will continue to communicate to all DCPS stakeholders as further events unfold.

W. David Bromwell

Interim Superintendent 

 

 

March 12, 2020 2:30pm

Good afternoon,

Dorchester County Public Schools, after conferring with the Dorchester County Health Department, have decided to cancel public events, including the senior class play at C-SDHS, award ceremonies, athletic events, practices and any school-visit events that are open to parents and community members, such as Donuts for Dads, until further notice.

Dorchester County Public Schools has learned several staff members and students have recently traveled in an area outside of the country and experienced possible exposure to individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. Presently these Dorchester County citizens are not exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus. Please follow Governor Hogan's press conference today at 4:00 pm regarding further actions by our State Government.  All Maryland county school superintendents will be participating in a statewide conference call with State School Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon, at 5:00 pm today. Updates will be shared as soon as possible.

This continues to be a rapidly evolving situation, and we will continue to share updates as they become available. We are committed to operating a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff and must be cautious in our approach.

Thank you.

W. David Bromwell

Interim Superintendent

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