Delaware Schools Persisting Through Covid-19 Pandemic
Governor Carney ordered all Delaware schools to remain closed through the remainder of the schoolyear to help fight the spread of COVID-19. Visit the state’s COVID-19 resource pages (schools and universities) for the most up-to-date and accurate state-level guidance for families, teachers, schools, and childcare programs, locations for free Wi-Fi, and more.
Click here to see Rodel’s compilation of COVID-19 news and resources. We are concerned about the inequities for children who are homeless, do not have adults who can help them learn remotely, who speak a language other than English, and who do not have access to basic needs or the internet during this time. The challenges are even greater when these children don’t have the stability and resources schools provide. We hope our recently completed community survey will help identify these needs and connect resources with those that need them.
The Delaware Campaign for Achievement Now has released a new database that compiles and compares district and charter school plans for distance learning during school closures. Click here to access the Delaware Distance Learning Plan Database.
In spite of the crisis and fragility of many students we serve, here is a look at what’s underway that gives us hope—and how Delawareans’ priorities for education are made even more urgent and clear by this crisis.
We have heroes among us—and we see promising practices and signs of hope around us.
- From the Colonial School District staff who braved the rain to make sure students could pick up computers to teachers going the extra mile to make online learning engaging. many K-12 schools are stepping up.
- In early childhood, there are about 500 child care centers making child care available for essential personnel. Home visitors who help families support young children’s development are coming up with creative strategies to reach families virtually.
- In higher education, universities are launching relief funds, food pantries, and microgrants to support their students; exploring options for the fall and telehealth/counseling services; and providing online help centers.
- And in the world of workforce development, Code Differently is offering virtual work experiences for high school students learning computer science and coding—so they can get paid while learning through work.