State Reopening Requirements
Governor John Carney and the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced 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.
Delaware is currently experiencing minimal to moderate spread of COVID-19 under gating criteria established by DPH, which includes a review of weekly cases, percent positivity, and average daily hospitalizations.
Working with district and school leaders, the State of Delaware will 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.
Delaware Department of Education Requirements
On July 15, 2020, Secretary of Education Susan Bunting released the state’s guidance for reopening schools for the 2020-21 academic year. This guidance was developed with the help of Delaware’s COVID-19 School Reopening Working Groups to support districts and charter schools as they design plans for the upcoming school year. Districts and charters will implement their plans based on the scenario that aligns with current health conditions, understanding there may be some regional variability.