DCPS to close buildings beginning Thursday

CAMBRIDGE — Dorchester County Public Schools’ effort to launch Phase 2 of their reopening plan has been interrupted by increasing positivity rates in the county. Superintendent Dave Bromwell announced building closures around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Mr. Bromwell’s statement said:
“Good evening DCPS families,
“This is Dave Bromwell, superintendent of DCPS. Over the last six days, the Dorchester County community has seen an increase in its COVID-19 positivity rate. The positivity raate has increased exponentially to make Dorchester County the third-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 percent. This is up from 2.5 percent on Oct. 10. 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 Oct. 22, Friday Oct. 23, and Monday Oct. 26 will be asynchronous learning for students. Beginning Tuesday Oct. 27, we will return to our Phase One virtual learning schedule for students and staff.

“Parents 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.”

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