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Nov 17, 2020: Christina School District Update

Dear Christina School District Community, 

Christina continues to observe the strength and resiliency displayed by our staff and families. Together we are facing a global pandemic that is affecting our families, students and community and we all play a part in helping to keep each other safe and healthy.  We can not thank you enough for the part each of you playS in our success in educating our students. 

Decisions to keep our schools and offices open are based on current health metrics and trends for New Castle County along with each of our individual schools. The daily positivity rate for New Castle County is 8.06% and has been on the rise. If local public health metrics continue to rise, our district must be prepared for the possibility of a transition from hybrid to remote learning. We are working closely with Delaware Public Health (DPH) and Governor John Carney to monitor the situation daily.  Please note that these difficult decisions could happen at any time and may be related to COVID-19 numbers, but also could be due to the situation in our schools as a result of quarantines.  At this time, the District and the State are seeing an increase in quarantine.  This is a mitigation strategy being used to curb the spread of the virus.  In other words, it is not an indication of community spread, but an indication that we are being proactive in keeping our community safe.  We will continue to prioritize the safety of our staff, students, and families, as well as provide frequent and ongoing communication regarding our hybrid status.  

We know you must be wondering – How can I keep my family safe? When will things ever get back to normal? Well, no one has all the answers, but there are a few simple guidelines that can be followed to keep everyone safe: wear a face mask, wash your hands frequently, and practice social distancing as much as possible. The number one mitigation strategy is to not attend social events or gatherings of people outside of the family you live with.  This may be hard, especially around the holidays, but not gathering in groups and wearing a mask when you have to be outside of your home is the best way we can stop the spread of the virus.

We will continue to communicate with you frequently and review the updated COVID-19 numbers and the evolving conditions of this pandemic. If we shift back to remote learning for a period of time, it will not change the classes or the schedules for remote learning or for the Virtual Academy.  The only change will be the shift to learning from home five days per week in the remote model for our Hybrid students.

We are adding a link to the COVID-19 Data Dashboard to our website.  More information can be found here. https://myhealthycommunity.dhss.delaware.gov/locations/state

These CDC guides may be useful:

The well-being of staff and students remains a priority. If we all work together and do what we can, we will succeed at keeping our community safe. Together, we can minimize the impact of community spread. For more information, visit www.christinak12.org. If you have any questions, please email us at info@christina.k12.de.us.

 

Respectfully,

Dr. Dan Shelton
Superintendent