Governor John Carney announced on Tuesday that Delaware schools may open under a hybrid scenario next month, with a mix of in-person and remote instruction and significant safety precautions to limit transmission of COVID-19.
We’re told the decision was made based on a review of COVID-19 data in Delaware. Delaware is currently experiencing minimal to moderate spread of COVID-19 under gating criteria established by the Department of Health, which includes a review of weekly cases, percent positivity, and average daily hospitalizations.
“Safely reopening schools for Delaware children – especially our youngest learners and disadvantaged children who need in-person instruction the most – is the most important and difficult issue we’ll face as we continue to confront this COVID-19 crisis,” said Governor Carney.
Carney continued by saying that hybrid learning may look different across each district, charter, or private school, however the safety of all Delaware’s students, educators, and staff will be their top priority.
The State of Delaware will also work with district and school leaders to provide free COVID-19 testing for educators and staff before the school year begins, and in regular intervals following school reopening, using an at-home testing option. Community testing sites geared toward students will be set up at schools throughout the state in the weeks before schools open.