Virtual learning will continue for all CCPS students at least through early January.
Since returning to virtual learning on November 23, Caroline County has continued to regularly remain above 5% COVID-19 test positivity rate and a case rate of more than 15 per 100,000. Given current and trending metrics, and staffing shortages associated with symptomatic and/or quarantined employees, a return to in-person learning is not possible before or immediately following winter break.
At the December board of education meeting, Superintendent Patty Saelens explained that the earliest possible date to return to hybrid learning would be January 11, and that would only be possible if Caroline metrics had been at acceptable levels for a two-week period. Dr. Saelens stressed that Caroline’s data indicates community spread throughout the county and has trended upwards for the past month. As such, there is no set date for a return to in-person learning. However, in an effort to provide staff and families as much information as possible, it was important to share that a return is not possible any sooner than January 11.
CCPS Food Services continues to provide home delivery of free meals to Caroline County children ages 1–18. Meals will be delivered every day that school is scheduled. There are no income requirements, and children do not have to be enrolled in CCPS. More information and meal form is available on the CCPS website.
Athletics would begin in person practice only after small groups of students are able to return to campus for instructional purposes.
Instructional School-Based Staff
At this time, teachers remain in classrooms to provide virtual instruction to students at home. At the December board meeting, Dr. Saelens shared that this decision was made based on the following:
- Without students in school, the buildings are at approximately 10% capacity.
- Virtual learning is better facilitated from the classroom where equipment and resources are readily available.
- The Recovery Plan provides protocols for health and safety measures in all CCPS buildings.
- Teachers with a documented medical reason have been given approval to telework.
- Teachers have the Family Accommodation option which allows their school-aged children to join them in their classroom.
- Not all CCPS employees are able to telework. This creates inequities among staff that generally work together for the common good.
Dr. Saelens also explained that metrics are assessed daily for each school. Should an outbreak occur in an individual school, it would be closed for the appropriate period of time.
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