DR Update on Return to School
January 8, 2021
As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present challenges for our students and staff. Today, DRRSD administrators received guidance from the Rehoboth and Dighton Boards of Health regarding reopening schools beginning Monday, January 11, 2021. The towns of Dighton and Rehoboth are experiencing COVID-19 positivity rates above 10%, 13.25% and 12.03% respectively.
Due to a combination of factors including community spread, staffing shortages, and the importance of mitigating a potential surge, DRRSD will be reverting to the model used to begin the school year. From Monday, January 11, 2021 to Wednesday, January 20, 2021, schools will continue remote learning with the exception of high needs programs. High needs programs will report to school buildings for in-person learning. Transportation will be provided for students in high needs programs. As in the Fall, those students assigned to self-contained classrooms and the preschool program will have the option to attend school.
We are optimistic that the projected surge will be mitigated by our decision and that we can return to hybrid learning on Thursday, January 21, 2021.
Understanding that information changes daily, we will continue to keep our school community informed as we receive guidance and new data from the Commonwealth and our local Boards of Health.
Dr. Anthony Azar