Despite COVID-19 Learning Will Go On At West Delaware

As area students enter their 5th week of no school because of COVID 19, the West Delaware School Board met Thursday afternoon to discuss how to proceed with student learning.

Teachers will begin communicating with families and providing instruction starting no later than this coming Tuesday.  Some of the learning opportunities will be online, some will be pencil and paper, and some will take another format.  The school will also be working with families who do not have internet access.

Specific rules and requirements will be followed through “Voluntary Educational Enrichment Opportunities” or “Required Educational Services”.  Both options will allow the district to count these days as school days, and will not need to make up days at the end of the year.

Superintendent Dr. Kristen Rickey said in an email to families that 12th grade students must participate in “Required Educational Services” in order to earn credits needed for graduation.  The Board has revised graduation requirements so that many current 12th graders will qualify for early graduation and will not need to complete 4th term.

Plans are also being made for a different type of commencement ceremony, if necessary, to meet social distancing guidelines.  A formal announcement of that plan will be made on or about May 15.

If absolutely necessary, students will be allowed to come to school to pick up books and materials on Tuesday from 10 to 11 am and 2 til 4 pm; and on Wednesday morning from 8:30 til 10:30.