Christina Updates from Superintendent Richard L. Gregg (April 21, 2020)
Dear Christina Families and Staff,
I hope this message finds you safe and well and enjoying valued time with your families. As you may be aware, at a press conference on Friday, Governor John Carney announced the latest updates regarding COVID-19. Governor Carney said the state plans to follow guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before taking steps to open schools again or non-essential businesses. He acknowledged that meeting federal guidelines may mean schools in Delaware, which were closed last month until May 18th, may remain closed for the rest of the academic year. There are still a growing number of cases in Delaware.
While this statement will certainly create more questions, it also begins to provide some clarity for the District in our planning. We are confident that our continuity of education plan will provide sufficient opportunities for all students to connect and engage in both social and academic experiences through remote learning. We will provide additional information from the Governor’s office, Delaware Department of Public Health and Delaware Department of Education as it becomes available.
Although we are in our fifth week of our schools being closed, teaching and learning is in session. Our teachers and staff continue dedicated work to provide our students with learning opportunities. We want to thank our staff members for the incredible work they have done with this different style of educating students. We know that many of our teachers are heartbroken that they have not been able to see their students in person.
We also want to express our appreciation to you, our parents and guardians, for your amazing partnership. We know that at-home learning is completely different from what we are accustomed. You have risen to the challenge. We sincerely appreciate your cooperation and patience as we work together to educate your children.
Finally, we want to recognize our students who have not been able to see their teachers or friends, including those who have missed their athletic competitions, fine arts performances, and other special events. Our hearts hurt for all of our students, but especially for the Senior Class of 2020. We know you have looked forward to certain milestones most of your academic career. We are exploring and discussing many options. Seniors and their parents can expect more information from the high schools regarding the status of events scheduled for late May and June.
Please be assured that your health and safety are our main focus during these unprecedented times. We will continue to send all communications via email and post updates and resources to our website.
Thank you for your continued support in keeping our school community safe.
Richard L. Gregg