Worcester County Public Schools announced Sunday that all schools in the system will transition to virtual instruction starting Monday, effective until Tuesday December 1st.
The decision was based on guidance given by the Maryland Department of Health and the Maryland Department of Education based on local COVID-19 statistics. Worcester County crossed a threshold of 6.6% daily positivity and 18.3 cases per 100,000 people, which are above the metrics that were recommended.
Superintendent of Schools Lou Taylor said in addition to moving to entirely remote learning, after school activities and athletics will be virtual as well during this two-week period. School officials say they will closely monitor health trends and will provide updates if any changes are made to the plan to return.
“Lastly, we recognize the inconvenience that this sudden announcement may cause, but we thank you for understanding as we put the health and safety of our students, staff and community first,” Taylor said in a statement.
The statement from Worcester County Superintendent of Schools Lou Taylor follows:
Good afternoon, Worcester families,
As outlined in the guidance provided by the Maryland Department of Health and the Maryland Department of Education, our leadership team has been closely following the community statistics for COVID-19. Today, Worcester has crossed a critical threshold as the numbers have hit a 6.6% daily positivity rate and 18.3 cases per 100,000 people. These numbers are above the metrics these agencies have recommended for a reexamination of our Responsible Return.
In light of this information, I am announcing that effective tomorrow, November 16, all Worcester County Public Schools will transition to distance learning until Tuesday, December 1. This also means that all after school activities and athletics are virtual during this time. We will be monitoring our community statistics closely throughout this two-week period, and we will communicate to you any changes to our Return as soon as decisions are made.
For tomorrow, we encourage your family to look for specific communication from your school or teacher regarding logging in for distance learning. If you need to pick up your child’s device or other materials necessary for distance learning, please contact your child’s school.
Lastly, we recognize the inconvenience that this sudden announcement may cause, but we thank you for your understanding as we put the health and safety of our students, staff, and community first.
May God bless you and your family, and I wish you good health and safety during this time.
Have a good afternoon,
Superintendent of Schools