Red Clay School District first in the state to announce fully virtual start to the year


Red Clay Consolidated School District students will start the year remotely, the district told parents in an email Wednesday night. Red Clay is the first district in the state to announce it will start the year fully online. 

"We have decided to embrace a 'safety first' approach to learning this fall," Superintendent Dorrell Green wrote in an email to parents and staff. 

The announcement comes the day after Gov. John Carney announced that schools may proceed with a hybrid learning model in the fall, but only if they are able to meet health and safety requirements in doing so. The Delaware State Education Association, the union representing 12,000 teachers and school staff in the state, has called for a virtual start should schools find they cannot meet state guidelines.  

Red Clay is the second school district to announce its fall reopening plans, after Colonial School District released its hybrid learning plans in July. At Colonial, high school students will start the year remotely, while parents of younger students were given the option to keep their children at home, or send them to classrooms for in-person learning. 

Students will be learning remotely for the first six weeks of school, Green's email said. Schools will survey families to help plan for the eventual transition to hybrid learning later in the fall. 

The district will also work to provide every student with an electronic device, and make sure all families have access to the internet. 

Earlier this week, the Red Clay School Board voted to push the start of the school year back to Sept. 8. Many other districts in the state have also moved to delay the start of the year, or are voting this week to do so. 

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