Dorchester County Public Schools

Classrooms are arranged to allow for safe distancing.

CAMBRIDGE — Increasing COVID-19 numbers in Dorchester County prompted officials stay with a four day in-person week instead of switching to a full five day in-person week.

The announcement about not moving to a five day in-person week came on Wednesday, April 21, in Dorchester County Public Schools Superintendent Dave Bromwell’s weekly COVID update.

“While I announced several weeks ago that we could be returning to five days a week instruction on May 3, Dorchester County’s COVID metrics are not going to allow this to happen,” said Bromwell. “The county’s case rate has increased 69% in two weeks and is still the highest on the Eastern Shore, more than double our closest neighbors.

“The county’s health officer, Roger Harrell, and I agree that with COVID numbers continuing to head in this direction, maintaining the present situation with school buildings open Tuesday through Friday is the prudent option,” the superintendent said.

On Tuesday, April 20, DCPS grades 9 through 12 joined pre-K through 8th grade students in school buildings, meaning all DCPS students who have chosen in-person instruction are now learning in their classrooms four days a week.

“We are pleased to see more students have the opportunity of being in the classroom with their teacher and have worked hard to ensure this transition from virtual to face-to-face learning is safe for all concerned,” Bromwell said.

For parents of pre-K and kindergarten students, registration opened on April 21 for any students who will be age 4 or 5 by Sept. 1, 2021. Please see the registration link on DCPS website under Especially for Parents, then Forms.

Students attending in-person will continue their four-days-a-week schedule for the remainder of the school year, with Mondays remaining asynchronous. DCPS teaching staff can report to their buildings on Mondays if they so choose. Maces Lane Middle School will also remain closed through Friday, April 30, with all students continuing online instruction.

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