February 18, 2022 - School System Update

February 18, 2022 - School System Update
Posted on 02/18/2022

Video Transcript:

Good evening, Worcester families, 

I wanted to reach out this evening to just give you a quick update on our school system at this time. 

As I have been able to regularly visit our schools to talk with our school leaders, teachers and staff, and our students, I am so happy to see that while we may not have completely returned to "normal," our classrooms are alive with learning like I have never seen before. 

Now, I know many of you have heard the Governor's recent announcements asking our State Board of Education to rescind the emergency regulation requiring masks in school settings until a school system qualifies for one of three "off-ramps." This is exciting news, as it signifies that our state has made significant progress both in our COVID-19 metrics and our statewide vaccination rates. 

The state board will meet next week for its regular review of these metrics, but I want to let you know that our Board of Education has written to both the State Board and the Maryland Department of Health this week urging both entities to move decision making regarding the pandemic back to local school systems. 

So while we await the next steps at the state level, please know that if and when these decisions return to us at the local level, we will remain steadfast in our commitment to keeping our students, faculty, and staff safe, and our students in school. We know that decision making around this pandemic can be divisive, but I am proud of how Worcester stands together in support of our community's children. 

Again, on behalf of our whole school system, I want to say thank you for your continued support, and I look forward to keeping you updated as we progress through this school year. Have a good evening, and may God continue to bless you and your families. 

Good night.