Board of Ed releases Reopening Draft Plan

CAMBRIDGE — On Monday afternoon, the Dorchester County Board of Education released its Reopening Draft Plan for public schools. The text of the plan follows:

Focus for Committee Work
• Develop a plan for Phase II
Partial return to school; limited number of students per classroom
A/B model – what does this look like?
• Develop a plan for Phase III
All students return to school
• Work through guiding questions
• Consider survey results/feedback from our families
Phase II Schedule Plans
• Plan informed by Parent/Community Survey results
• DCPS will follow an A Week/B Week schedule
Monday: Planning and professional development for staff, deep cleaning for schools
Tuesday-Friday: Students attend

A Week: 50% of students attend; others complete assignments to support learning during non-school week
B Week: Other 50% of students attend; others complete assignments to support learning during their non-school week
• C – Parents/families choose Online Distance Learning
• D – Students with special needs including English
Language Learners attend A and B weeks; DCPS employee school-aged children attend A and B weeks
Safety Recommendations
• Follow protocols with guidance from Dorchester County Health Department, MSDE, CDC

• Phase II protocols include requirements addressing the following:
Daily temperature checks; wearing of masks; social distancing Strict protocols for health room and procedures for sick staff and students
Regular hand washing/use of sanitizer at every transition
No assemblies, after school activities, guest presenters, visitors or outside organizations
Unique concerns of student or staff handled case by case
Operations: Food Service Recommendations

• Phase II – A Week, B Week Schedule
Week students are in school:
Students eat breakfast and lunch in classroom
Schedule for cafeteria pickup will follow social distancing protocols
Food will be served in closed containers Breakfast will be grab-and-go following safety protocols
Week students are not in school:
Students pick up food from school; hours for pick-up 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Operations:
Transportation Recommendations
• A Week, B Week bus schedule determined by transportation and school administrators
• One student per seat unless in same family/day care; face coverings recommended
• Assigned seats
• Review of opening and closing times once A/B routes are established
• Buses will be cleaned between morning and afternoon routes and at the end of the day

Instruction Recommendations
• DCPS will continue teacher professional development on Schoology (our Learning Management System) which supports online learning using our curriculum resources
• Content supervisors will address COVID-19 learning gaps through curriculum documents and PD with teachers
• Plans are underway to support emotional/social/trauma needs at the school level Phase III
• All students return to school with health and safety protocols in place
• Transition from Phase II plan to Phase III during the 2020-2021 school year will occur when conditions are met per Dorchester County Health Department

EDITOR’S NOTE: WHCP Radio’s Cambridge Community Conversation will take place Wednesday at 7 p.m., when Superintendent of Dorchester County Public Schools W. David Bromwell will speak about the emerging plans for the coming school year, and answer questions from the community. Dr. Theresa Stafford will serve as moderator for the Q&A session. The interview will be streamed on YouTube and Facebook where citizens can participate from home on your computer, laptop, or mobile phone without any downloads or passwords.