Saturday the 14th Update: They are all closed as per Governor Carney’s order yesterday, from March 16th to March 27th, with a tentative reopening date of March 30th. I’m going to give a 25% chance of schools reopening on the 30th. A lot of it will depend on how Covid-19 spreads in the coming weeks.
Friday the 13th Update:
Nothing has been made official yet but I’m hearing from many parents in New Castle County that students are being asked to take home any belongings. School nurses are calling parents to let them know kids are bringing medicine home that would normally be stored with the school nurse. There is confusion about a potential positive case of Coronavirus which prompted Providence Creek Academy to close today and it may or may not be affiliated with a visit to Polytech which dismissed at 11:30am today.
As the Coronavirus has now afflicted four people in Delaware, we can only assume those numbers will increase. Now is not the time to panic but it should be a time to prepare. Be prepared for your child’s school closing. Be prepared and ready to make sure your under-age child or children have adequate supervision, especially for working parents.
The following list is for schools that have announced closure or cancellation of activities due to the ongoing Coronavirus. With Delaware surrounded by so many states, it was only a matter of time. And there will be more. To get up to date information from the State of Delaware with how many cases there are and how many pending, please go here.
Most school districts sent home letters with students with a basic preparedness plan earlier this week. There seems to be a tiered level where things can change and events or school is canceled. Last Monday there was an emergency meeting at the Delaware Department of Education which was attended by superintendents, DSEA, Governor Carney, Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting, and other public education affiliates.
As major cancellations across the country are going down, like the cancellation of the NBA, NCAA, NHL, and possibly MLB, folks in Delaware wondering why schools aren’t shutting down. It’s coming. One of the major concerns at the big education meeting earlier this week was how it would work. Doing it after the 3rd marking period ends would make more sense with closing schools down the rest of the school year. And yes, that is a possibility.
What came out of this meeting was the guidance parents are getting this week. This is being issued at a state level. The following screenshot from Lake Forest School District can be currently found on most school district websites:
Many districts are sending surveys to parents to find out about wi-fi and computer capabilities from home. I received one yesterday from my son’s school district in Capital.
If you hear of any closings please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will update this post if given viable information. Thank you!