As most of you are aware, we are currently experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases in Caroline and surrounding areas. Given the current numbers, it is important that you are kept informed of plans to navigate the weeks ahead.
I want to be very clear that our goal remains to keep schools open full time for in-person learning for all students. We have no plans at this time to convert to districtwide virtual instruction. However, we must be prepared for the possibility that some classes, grade levels, or schools could be moved to brief periods of virtual learning because of staffing issues.
We have been experiencing increased employee absences due to COVID-19 and other illnesses. Despite an “all hands on deck” approach, staffing classrooms and buildings is often a daily challenge. Given that, we must be prepared in the event that we cannot safely staff all classrooms and effectively conduct operations.
Should any form of closure be required, principals will contact families directly by School Messenger. In order to be prepared for this possibility, students will be asked to take home devices each evening. The school day schedule will not change at any level, and attendance will continue to be taken by teachers. Details specific to the child’s classroom will be provided to families directly by the school. Please remember to keep your contact information updated in PowerSchool.
In the meantime, each of us must continue to work together and follow 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 Caroline County Health Department (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.
As always, thank you to all of our students, staff and families for the persistence and cooperation being shown during this challenging time.
Derek L. Simmons, Ed.D.
Interim Superintendent of Schools