Indian River School District to offer four days of in-person instruction to high school students
SELBYVILLE, Del. – The Indian River School District has announced that high school students will soon have the option to attend school in-person four days per week.
Starting the week of April 12th, high school hybrid cohorts A and B will be combined, allowing hybrid students at Indian River and Sussex Central High schools to attend classes in-person on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
We’re told that due to a high percentage of families opting for in-person instruction at the district’s elementary and middle schools, officials are unable to combine cohorts with the current three feet social distancing guidelines. This means in-person learning will continue two days a week in separate cohorts A and B. Wednesday will continue to be a remote learning day for most students.
In addition, all staff will now work in their school buildings on Wednesday, rather than working remotely. This gives the district the opportunity to explore increased in-person learning opportunities for hybrid students in grades K through 12 who may need extra support.
The district will continue to offer full-time remote instruction for parents who prefer that. Parents wishing to switch from remote to hybrid instruction should contact their child’s school no later than April 15th in order to effectively plan for the fourth marking period.
The Board of Education has also approved a series of calendar changes to increase instructional time for students. The Professional Learning Day originally scheduled for Monday, April 19th, has been moved to Wednesday, April 21st, and the Teacher work Day originally scheduled for Friday, May 28th has been moved to Wednesday, May 26th. April 19th and May 28th will now be regular school days for students in staff.
The Board also voted to move the last day of school for students in grades Pre-K through 11th to Friday, June 11th. We’re told these changes resulted from unused surplus days built into the calendar for weather-related school cancellations and from three additional school days during the first and second marking periods. The last day for teachers will be Tuesday, June 15th, and the last day for paraprofessionals will be Friday, June 11th.