Superintendent's Update 5.4.21

DuBray yearbook photoDear Parents and Community Members,

   Recently several parents have reached out regarding the requirement for our students and staff to wear masks each day in school. This requirement has been in place for our in-person students since we began the school year Aug. 31. It has been an important part of our success in providing in-person instruction, uninterrupted, ever since. Together, our Board of Education, community and staff have provided something for our children many others have not had.

   With no change in guidance from the CDC, the state or the St. Charles County Department of Public Health, and with only 18 more days of school, we will continue with our protocols as we have all year. The measures put in place by our administrators and implemented by our teachers and staff have kept the spread of COVID-19 to less than 2 percent in our schools, even when the positivity rate in our community was higher than 30 percent. In addition, any change in our requirements for wearing masks makes it impossible for us to utilize the modified quarantine rules put in place by the Governor, DESE and county health. Without the regular use of masks, a full 14-day quarantine would be required by anyone exposed to the virus. Currently, if a person is exposed to the virus at school, but masks are being worn, the exposed person can leave home only for the purpose of attending school. It is important for our students to complete the academic work they began in August. It is only fair that we do all we can to allow them to take part in marking the end of this most memorable school year, from field days to graduation ceremonies.

   It is my greatest hope that our community and our country continue on the course to eliminating, or at least effectively containing, COVID-19. Then we can begin next school year in a safe, welcoming learning environment where those who choose to wear masks are comfortable and those who don’t are safe. As always, thank you for your support of our schools and our students.

Dr. Bernard J. DuBray