Dorchester County Public Schools announced Wednesday night that they will be closing all of their school buildings to students and staff indefinitely due to coronavirus concerns.
DCPS Superintendent, Dave Bromwell, made the announcement on the school system’s Facebook page. Bromwell says after seeing an uptick in COVID-19 positivity rates in the county over the last six days, DCPS along with the Dorchester County Health Department, both agreed to close the school buildings. We’re told the positivity rate has increased “exponentially,” making Dorchester County the 3rd highest in the state of Maryland. Supt. Bromwell says on Wednesday alone, the case rate was 30.9, giving Dorchester County a positivity rate of 6.1%, which is up from 2.5% on October 10th. Bromwell says this data meets the health and safety metrics that require a reassessment.
Supt. Bromwell says on Thursday, October 22nd, Friday, October 23rd, and Monday, October 26th, there will be asynchronous learning for students. Beginning Tuesday, October 27th, DCPS will return to the phase one virtual learning schedule for students and staff.
Bromwell says his first priority is the safety and health of the community. In the post, Bromwell said in part quote, “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.” He advises parents/guardians with additional questions to contact their school administrative team or child’s teacher through email.
DCPS Staff will telework until further notice.