Superintendent’s Message: Students to Continue with Virtual Learning
—-CCPS staff given opportunity for first vaccine
Throughout the winter break, COVID-19 metrics were monitored daily, and we remained in contact with local healthcare officials regarding the advisability of returning students to school buildings. Unfortunately, based on recent and current data, students must continue virtual learning for the time being (Phase 1 of the Recovery Plan).
I understand that given the progress we were making in the fall, this comes as a great disappointment; however, we will continue to assess the data on a daily basis and keep everyone informed accordingly. As previously shared, a 14-day positive trend in the metrics is needed before we may once again begin phasing in specific groups of students.
I also wanted to share some good news that occurred over the winter break. The first supply of COVID-19 vaccines was delivered to the Caroline County Health Department (CCHD). CCHD offered vaccination to those categorized as Group 1A, which includes all healthcare workers, social services, law enforcement, public works, and fire department employees, private physicians, morticians, physical therapists, and optometrists. This group also included CCPS health room nurses, who are now assisting with vaccine clinics. Because of the number of vaccines already received and scheduled to arrive soon, CCHD was then able to offer vaccines to Group 1B, which includes school system employees. As a result, many of our staff took advantage of the opportunity to receive their first vaccine last week, with more to be scheduled when the next doses arrive.
We are profoundly grateful to Health Officer Laura Patrick and her team for their work, and appreciative of the opportunity given to our staff. After a long year with so many disappointments, this has provided much needed hope that a return to normalcy is in our future.
Our goal remains bringing students back to school. To that end, please help by remaining vigilant with safety protocols. Continue to wear masks, maintain social distance, avoid gatherings, and stay home when sick except to see a medical provider.
Be well and stay safe –
Patty Saelens, Superintendent