All Schools Going Virtual

All Schools in MCSD Going Virtual
Posted on 12/10/2020
Virtual LearningDear Marlboro Family,

We have been monitoring the outbreak of this pandemic (COVID-19) in our county for some time and because of my conversations with health care officials this morning, who shared with me the following reasons listed below, I believe it is imperative that we make the decision now to move all students into our virtual learning platform.
`Over the past week the county of Marlboro has experienced 158 new active cases
`Highest rate of active cases in our 5 counties; second highest in Pee Dee
`Highest rate of population tested in our 5 counties (this is good)
`7-day positivity rate at 20.3% (World Health Organization recommends rate under 10%)
`Marlboro County has third highest cumulative rate in SC
`Lowest rate of deaths and hospitalizations in our 5 counties
`Harvard Global Health Institute ranks county 3rd most at risk in SC
`Marlboro County ranked 149 out of 3,142 in US on CDC Pandemic Vulnerability Index
`COVID Act Now has Marlboro County at “Active Imminent Outbreak” level

What this means is that all schools, to include events, activities, and sports programs, will be suspended through the month of December, effective at 4:00 p.m. today.  Buildings will remain open through December 22nd to assist as needed; however, you will need to check the individual schools’ website to check hours of operation. We will continue teaching and learning utilizing our digital and eLearning platforms.  Information regarding testing will be placed on each schools’ respective websites.  Students will continue to log in and receive daily work through Dec. 22nd.  Parent/Teacher conference scheduled for December 21st will now be virtual. Contact schools for more information.

We will continue to serve meals daily through December 22nd.  Check the district and school websites for the meal schedule.  We will recognize our holiday break between December 23rd and January 3rd.

Decisions regarding the return of students to the building will be communicated no later than January 4th.  If a decision is made for students not to return to the building, we will continue using our digital and eLearning platforms.

My decision is based on what is best for the safety of our students, our staff, and our community.  I understand that this decision will impact those inside and outside of our school community.  I ask you for your support and patience as we continue through this pandemic.

Thank you kindly and remember that #345 is more than our words, but our actions.

Gregory A. McCord, Ed. D.
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