Worcester Co. Public Schools to move to Stage 4 of ‘Responsible Return’ plan in March

WORCESTER CO., Md. — On Tuesday, Worcester County Public Schools announced they will move into Stage 4 of their Responsible Return plan starting Monday, March 8th.

According to the school district’s superintendent, Lou Taylor, this means all students currently in the A-Week/B-Week hybrid learning model, will now join the ‘wave one’ students, who have been back in schools full time for several weeks now.

Taylor adds that an increase in the amount of students returning to school will prompt some changes to the bus transportation system. The superintendent says that in order to deal with the influx of returning students, it will not be physically possible to distance them on school buses. Taylor says students will have to sit next other students they don’t live with.

Now this move might raise a few eyebrows, but the superintendent says they will make sure buses will be safe for students and staff during their commute. Taylor says in part quote, “I assure our bus drivers and transportation personnel will make sure that those buses are clean and disinfected.. and all students and adults will be still wearing those masks every time we enter those school buses.” He adds that any family not wishing to utilize bus transportation in this next stage should contact their child’s school as soon as possible.

The school district is also encouraging anyone who is able to transport their kids to please do so. This will allow students who truly need bus transportation to get to and from schools safely. In the meantime, WCPS will continue to offer distance learning to those families who choose to remain in that option.

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