The following message was shared with CCPS staff and families via email on Friday, December 31, 2021.
Dear families and staff,
I hope this finds everyone enjoying the holidays and time with family and friends. Over the break, I have been in regular contact with Caroline County Health Department (CCHD) Health Officer Robin Cahall to review COVID-19 data and receive guidance regarding reopening schools in January. While some adjustments will be made to quarantine procedures based on new federal and state guidelines, students and staff will be welcomed back as scheduled on Monday, January 3, 2022.
Several important points were factored into the decision to continue as scheduled:
CCPS follows mitigation procedures that are not the norm outside of schools. These include the masks requirement, regular cleaning protocols, distancing to the extent possible, quarantine of positive cases and unvaccinated close contacts, and regular consultation with CCHD.
According to current outbreak definitions, CCPS has not experienced a COVID-19 outbreak since October. (At that time, three classrooms in one school were closed due to spread in the classrooms, as opposed to community spread.)
According to the data available at this time (medical, academic, and social-emotional) the overwhelming benefit of providing in-person learning for as many students as possible outweighs any benefit gained from closing schools for all students.
Updated quarantine and isolation guidance may be found on the CCPS website.
Our goal remains to keep schools open full time for in-person learning for all students. This will continue to take each of us working together and following best practices, individually and collectively. Continue to mask in schools and public places. If you have not yet been vaccinated, talk with your medical provider or CCHD to get the facts. Continue to monitor yourself and children for COVID-19 symptoms and act accordingly for your safety and the safety of others.
We will continue to work through and rise above these challenges. As we have since March 2020, we’ll make adjustments as needed, advise of any changes as soon as possible, and continue to make decisions we believe are in the best interest of our students.
Happy New Year,