Delaware announces guidance for reopening of schools
WILMINGTON, Del. – Secretary of Education Susan Bunting has released the state of Delaware’s guidance for the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 academic year.
In August, Governor John Carney will announce his decision on whether or not schools wills tart the year in person. Districts and charters will then implement their plans based on the scenario that aligns with current health conditions.
“Since the day we closed school buildings, our goal has been to return students and educators to their classrooms as soon as it is safe to do so,” said Governor Carney. “When we do return to our school buildings, we know our daily routines will look different than they did in March. Important safety measures, such as wearing face coverings and socially distancing, will help protect our children and educators and help us reduce the spread of COVID-19 so we can stay in our classrooms, where our students learn best.”
We’re told this guidance outlines what schools need to do prior to re-opening and after instruction resumes under three scenarios: if minimal community spread exists in Delaware (and school buildings reopen), if minimal-to-moderate community spread exists in Delaware (situation dependent), and if significant community spread exists in Delaware (and school buildings remain closed).
The State of Delaware will also work with districts and schools to make testing available and convenient for all educators and staff before the school year begins.
Click here to read the full guidance.