Dorchester County Public Schools supt. speaks on plan as buildings close

DORCHESTER COUNTY, Md. – Dorchester County Public Schools Superintendent David Bromwell shared details about the decision to close schools indefinitely because of the uptick in the county’s COVID-19 positivity rate.

The decision was announced late Wednesday night. Bromwell say the decision was tough. But the Dorchester County Health Department advised them it was the right course of action. “We were very much on the same page throughout this whole process. We’ve had our union representatives involved. We’re certainly talked to all parties. This isn’t something I wanted to do for our community, for our parents. The inconvenience that it does,” said Bromwell.

Teachers will be instructing in an asynchronous virtual model over the next two days. Meanwhile, a limited number of staff will be allowed to enter the buildings. Bromwell says that right now it’s too early to tell when and how they might return to the buildings.

But Bromwell adds that the district will take this as an opportunity to regroup and see where changes might be needed. “Things are growing and I think they’re going to get better. Obviously once we start the process of bringing students back again hopefully in the near future, we’ll be even better. It’s just strange. My heart was bleeding,” said Bromwell.

Bromwell says that the district will be closely monitoring the positivity rate in Dorchester County. Until then, students will remain in a virtual learning format. The superintendent adds that when and if students return, it could possibly be in phases as they did before. But it’s too early to say for sure. “The last thing we want to do is constantly say announce this and then we change it a week or two later. But this was driven by our positivity rate,” said Bromwell.

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