IRSD faces unique challenges this fall: COVID-19 hot spots and overcrowding

SUSSEX CO., Del. – The Indian River School District says it’s facing some unique challenges as they try to plan for next school year.

Superintendent Mark Steele says they’re laying the groundwork to do everything from operating as normal to scheduling class time in shifts to social distancing on buses. He says two major factors are playing a role in their plans. First, their location in relation to COVID-19 hot spots in Sussex County. Second, their already overcrowded classrooms.

“If we have to now figure distances in, it’s going to be a major major challenge. And if we have to do that, it’s going to be extremely difficult to maintain the capacities that we have in our schools without going on some type of alternate schedule,” says Superintendent Mark Steele.

Steele says they’re also taking into account whether day cares will be available to students if an alternating class schedule is implemented. They’re also assuming summer school will be virtual this year. He says they expect more clear guidance from the state in July.

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