10-8-21 COVID-19 Principal's update
Good evening, families, this is Principal Chris Welch.
In our continued efforts to be open and transparent in our communication with you regarding COVID-19, I am contacting you tonight to inform you that on October 7th, the number of COVID-19 cases within our school have met the Maryland Department of Health’s definition of a schoolwide outbreak.
A schoolwide outbreak is defined as three or more classroom or cohort outbreaks within 14 days or five percent or more of unrelated individuals testing positive for COVID-19 within 14 days.
We know that this news sounds alarming, but I want to assure you that contact tracing has already been completed in partnership with the Worcester County Health Department, and your child has not been identified as a close contact unless you were otherwise notified. So, your child may continue to come to school as normal; however, I want to stress to all of our families the importance of carefully completing the health screener each morning before sending your child to school. This is an essential part of our health and safety protocols, and it helps to keep our school a healthy and safe environment for your child - and all of our students - to learn in.
A letter with this information will go home with students, but you can view it any time on our website, www.buckinghamelementary.com.
As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate the impact of this pandemic on our school. If you have any questions, please contact our school by calling <<Phone Number>>. Have a good evening.
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9-29-21 COVID-19 Principal's update
Robocall sent this evening:
Good evening, families, this is Principal Christina Welch.
As you know, we are committed to open and transparent communication regarding COVID-19. In light of that, I am contacting you tonight to let you know that today we have been notified that an individual in our school has tested positive for COVID-19.
While your child was a part of the impacted cohort, I am happy to report that your child has not been identified as a close contact, unless you were otherwise notified. A letter is available for viewing Here (Click this link to View Letter) with pertinent information on this case.
I want to thank all of our students and our staff once again for your diligence in observing our health and safety protocols. Because of your dedication to wearing face coverings, observing physical distancing whenever possible, and checking for symptoms, we are able to keep our classrooms open for in-person learning. Please keep up the great work!
Again, thank you all for your continued partnership as we navigate through this next stage of the pandemic together. Have a good night.
WCPS Responsible Return 2.0
Dear Worcester County families and community,
As we look ahead to the 2021-2022 school year, I am happy to present our updated return plan, Responsible Return 2.0. Within this plan, you will see that we have taken our best health and safety practices we developed between 2020 and now to ensure that our classrooms are ready for students to learn in an environment that resembles as close to normal operations as possible.
From the very beginning of this pandemic, we have been steadfast in the belief that the best place for our students to learn is within their classroom with a highly qualified and loving teacher. To that end, we have dedicated enormous amounts of resources and time to ensure that we could reach that end goal. I am proud that WCPS was one of the few school system in Maryland to successfully model how a return to the classroom could be done.
Now, as we embrace what this next school year brings, know that WCPS is prepared and ready to ensure your child has a safe, successful school year.
Louis H. Taylor
Superintendent of Schools
Student Online Health Screener
Please click the image to access our online health screener. Teachers are sending home paper health tickets with students, but if you would like to complete the online form, it is essential that you do so by 8:30 a.m. daily. We will print the list prior to going outside to greet students. If you do not put it in prior to 8:30 a.m you will need to send the paper health ticket. Thank you so much for helping us keep our friends healthy! paper tickets are available to download here... Paper health ticket
School Based COVID-19 Testing
COVID-19 Testing is now available at BES for any student or staff member that becomes ill during the school day with COVID-19-like illness or who are identified as close contacts. The testing program is entirely FREE, and no insurance is required. Click the image for more info.