August 28, 2020 - Responsible Return Update

August 28, 2020 - Responsible Return Update
Posted on 08/28/2020

Good evening, Worcester families, 


I know that last night’s press conference from our Governor and State Superintendent has prompted a lot of questions from you on the start of the school year. First, I want to state plainly that our plans have not changed, and this is due to the fact that our model is right in line with what the Governor and State Superintendent outlined in their remarks.  


In fact, the Governor’s remarks further affirmed that Worcester’s Responsible Return model is one that places a high value on bringing students back into the classroom as quickly and as safely as possible. We know that the best place for our students to learn is within our classrooms with our teachers and their peers. This is precisely why in early August, we announced that while Worcester will begin the school year in stage one: distance learning, at the recommendation of our local health department; as long as health and safety conditions allow, we anticipate moving into Stage Two on Monday, September 28, which would begin the process of phasing students back into the classroom, adhering to the health and safety protocols developed in tandem with our local health officials. We have also extended families an option for students to remain in distance learning should they feel that is the best option for their child.  


We remain committed to providing a high quality education for each student in Worcester County, and we remain committed to ensuring the health and safety of all our students, faculty and staff. We will continue down the path we have developed for our Responsible Return, and we look forward to welcoming students back into our schools as soon as we can. 


I thank you all for your continued support of Worcester County Public Schools. We are all truly in this together. As always, I hope God continues to bless you and your family.  


Good night.