August 17, 2021 - Responsible Return 2.0 Plan Released

August 17, 2021 - Responsible Return 2.0 Plan Released
Posted on 08/17/2021
Robocall Transcript

Good evening families, this is your Superintendent Lou Taylor, and I have some very important information to share with you in advance of students returning to school next month. 

Earlier today, we have released our Responsible Return 2.0 plan, which is our school system’s plan to return to school for the upcoming year. This plan is very detailed, but I wanted to take a moment this evening to share those protocols that we have received the most questions about. I also want to remind all of our families that this plan is based on the health and safety information available to us as of today. As circumstances change, this plan may be updated or changed, but we will be sure to communicate with you as any changes occur.

First, our school spaces will continue to be designed with as much physical distancing as possible in mind. Using guidance from the CDC, students may be physically distanced at least three feet apart in classrooms; however, we are making every effort in all of our classrooms to maintain as much distance as possible in all of our classrooms. In all other areas, a physical distance of 6-feet or more will be observed whenever possible.

Regarding face coverings, Worcester County Public Schools in conjunction with the CDC highly  recommends universal masking for all teachers, staff, and students in our schools; however, the wearing of face coverings remains optional at this time.

Additionally, we are continuing our practice of you or your child completing a health screener prior to entering our school buildings each day. This screener – coupled with your support in keeping your child home when sick – has been a critical way for us to keep our schools safe.

If you would like additional information about what I’ve shared here tonight, please visit our website, www.worcesterk12.org to view tonight’s message and see the plan in its entirety. 

Thanks for your time tonight. God Bless you and your family, and I look forward to welcoming your child back to school this September!