Dorchester Superintendent of Schools Dave Bromwell


CAMBRIDGE — The Dorchester County Board of Education voted unanimously at the meeting on Thursday, July 23, to follow Superintendent Dave Bromwell’s recommendation to open the school year virtually.

The decision to begin the year by conducting school operations with no students present came after the board had opted at an earlier meeting to pursue a hybrid schedule with rotating attendance.

DCPS will open in Phase I, which means learning will be online. When implemented, Phase 1.5 will entail a continuation of virtual learning for the majority of students, with in person learning for targeted groups as soon as safely possible.

Plans for Phase 2 includes a hybrid schedule where students are evenly divided into two groups for rotating attendance.

All of the first three phases tentatively call for four days a week of synchronous online instruction and learning and one day a week of asynchronous learning.

According to DCPS’s planning document, plans and phases may be implemented individually or simultaneously, based on the pandemic status and in consultation with healthcare officials.

School officials continue to work on plans for the school year, which is scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 31.

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