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IN- PERSON Student Return - Monday, January 11, 2021

 

01/06/2021

 

A Message from Superintendent Green: COVID-19 Update and Next Steps

Dear Red Clay families,

Welcome back from the winter break. We hope you were able to rest and recharge over these last couple weeks. We have several important updates to share with you as we begin the new year in Red Clay.

First, in-person learning will resume for Red Clay on Campus students on Monday, January 11, 2021. Please keep in mind that our ability to provide in-person learning depends on several conditions that may change by the day, including the number of positive cases impacting our school communities, the number of staff who may be required to quarantine, and the availability of substitute staff.

Red Clay on Campus students and staff will return for in-person learning on January 11 with their current teacher assignment, school schedule and transportation arrangements that were in place before the winter break, when we paused in-person learning in accordance with Governor Carney’s Stay-at-Home order.

Red Clay leadership will continue to strive to keep in-person learning opportunities available as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, while also understanding the delicate balance that it takes to ensure that we keep our community safe. 

Decisions about school closures will be made on a case-by-case basis. School nurses continue to monitor the daily impact of the virus. As soon as we become aware of a new/suspected case, state health officials are alerted, contact tracing begins, school communities are notified and individuals deemed close contacts receive communication from health and/or school officials.

We will continue to consult state health officials to assess the extent of exposure before determining an appropriate response—which could include a temporary return to remote learning for those exposed at the individual, class, grade or school level. Click here for the latest FAQs about COVID-19 prevention and reporting in Delaware schools.

While our goal is to keep buildings open for on-campus learners, quarantine measures as a result of ongoing community spread will also impact decision-making processes. Considerations that may trigger a closure announcement include how many staff in a building have tested positive, are out for testing, are quarantining due to possible exposure, or have symptoms of the virus that need to be checked out; as well as the limited availability of substitute teaching staff, class monitors or other critical staff.

The key to maintaining low numbers, and keeping our children in school, continues to be taking personal responsibility for mask-wearing, hand hygiene, physical distancing and regular testing.

Finally, as we prepare for Red Clay on Campus students and staff to resume in-person learning next week, please be sure to complete the COVID-19 Self-Screener every morning before leaving your home.

While challenging for all of us, we are confident in the resolve of our community to overcome any obstacles that will present themselves in the future.

 

Sincerely,

Dorrell Green

Superintendent

Red Clay Consolidated School District