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Governor Carney Closes Schools Until May 15

Governor Carney Closes Schools Until May 15

Delaware Gov. John Carney has directed all schools to close until May 15.

Please see the Governor’s statement below.

Please read the following message from NCC Vo-Tech School District Superintendent Joseph Jones with information about this extended school closure.

Dear NCC Vo-Tech Families:

As we enter the second week of our school closures, I wanted to provide you with some important updates. I hope your family is well during this difficult time.

As I write this, Delaware is up to 87 confirmed cases of coronavirus according to the Division of Public Health, and Delaware Governor John Carney has just announced that schools will be closed until May 15. The announcement also stated that there will be a recommendation made to the State Board of Education that no district would go beyond the end of June.

How will this extended closure affect your child – everything from grades, to prom, to date for last day of school, and even graduation? As of now, we d not have those answers. We are working with state education officials to determine the best way to move forward. It is my sincere hope that we will have clearer information to share in the upcoming week.

We will continue to communicate with our school community throughout this pandemic. I appreciate your patience as we travel this difficult time together. Please know we are making decisions that are focused on meeting all of our students’ needs. When it comes to learning, we are investigating the best way to ensure all students have access to lessons and that they can meaningfully engage with instruction and with their teachers.

I am pleased to say that on our first day of posting material on Schoology, 75% of our students logged in to access any work that was posted. Based on this information, we will continue to post information, announcements, and Q and A’s for students on Schoology, as well as on social media and on our school websites. Please encourage your child to log in daily and read all that is posted.

We added an audio and video communications software application, Zoom, to all student Chromebooks and iPads over the weekend. While this was done primarily for our dual enrollment students, we are considering ways our teachers may be able to utilize Zoom to connect with our students.

We continue to post information on all school websites, social media accounts, and Schoology and are sending automated calls and emails to families in order to keep you informed. We’ve recently posted information about the following:

  1. A link to a listing of more than 100 meal distribution sites located in New Castle County;
  2. How students can contact the Wellness Center if they need medical information and/or help;
  3. Mental health tips from our school psychologists on how to cope during this trying time;
  4. How to care for younger siblings if students are pressed into childcare duties as parents work.

All school districts in New Castle County continue to collaborate and share information, since we know that many families may have children in multiple school districts.

Springtime is an incredible time of year. Athletic activities move from inside a gym to an outdoor field or track, days get longer, and excitement grows as we plan all of the end-of-year activities for 12th graders before they graduate. We know this is a difficult time for our students, and especially for our seniors. As the father of three teenagers myself, I understand the worry and stress this pandemic is causing. We are also ever mindful of those in our community who are now or may become ill, and we keep them all in our thoughts.

This is a challenging time for us all, and yet our strength is in our community. Our school district is fortunate to have creative, talented, and committed staff members who are working collectively to solve issues, anticipate challenges, and address the needs of our students. There will be disappointments and many changes to our normal routine. Despite these circumstances, I hope we can all approach the weeks to come with a generosity of spirit – kindness and concern, flexibility and tolerance.

Stay well,

Joseph Jones Ed.D.

Superintendent

NCC Vo-Tech School District

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