Worcester County Public Schools will begin the 2020-2021 school year virtually.
At a Thursday afternoon press conference, Superintendent Lou Taylor said the system will implement a “Responsible Return” model, beginning with Stage One, a completely virtual curriculum.
The plan calls for a hybrid of online and in-person learning when health conditions permit followed by alternating weeks of in-person learning and ending with full in-person curriculum.
“We have received an enormous amount of input from our families, facility and staff. I am confident that today’s decision is the right one for our community.” Superintendent Taylor said.
He continued “We recognize the significant challenges that distance learning poses for many of our students’ academic and social-emotional development, which is why we intend to re-evaluate conditions every two weeks.”
The plan’s announcement comes after Dorchester, Somerset and Wicomico Counties also announced their school years will begin remotely.