Layoffs, furloughs to impact UD staff due to virus

NEWARK — Staff cuts and furloughs are on the horizon for the University of Delaware due to the fiscal impact of the pandemic, officials announced Thursday. Without mitigation, the university would be facing a $250 million deficit this academic year, according to a news release. The university has already drawn $100 million from its endowment, […]

Anchor Project moves online in youth suicide prevention efforts

When she started the Anchor Project at Caesar Rodney High School, mental health therapist Christina Eilers wanted to channel the message that “we are all connected.” As with many things this year, the Anchor Project has had to evolve, but even with physical distance, the message of encouraging connecting students to resources remains the throughline. […]

NAMI conference highlights mental health issues

For five days next month, NAMI Delaware will highlight different aspects of mental health during its annual Inspiring Hope Conference. “I think people now recognize more than ever the importance of addressing mental health issues, because I think people are recognizing that their mental health has been impacted in some way, shape or form by […]

Cape Henlopen student tests positive for COVID-19

LEWES — A Cape Henlopen High School student has tested positive for COVID-19 and is to quarantine for two weeks, officials said in an email to families Tuesday. “In this instance, social distancing and mask wearing was practiced consistently and the Division of Public Health (DPH) has advised that no further quarantining by staff or […]

Capital nutrition supervisor awarded for work during pandemic

DOVER — For James Trower, connecting students with the meals they need is just part of his work every day as a child nutrition supervisor for the Capital School District. What he considers everyday work, however, earned him a spot among 30 school leaders and community members to be recognized in the “First Chance” Awards […]

School districts roll out free meal locations

While some schools have students already back behind desks for in-person learning, a large part of the beginning of the academic year remains remote. With that, school districts have updated their meal service locations.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a waiver at the end of August that permits summer meal program operators to continue […]

Number of homeschools on the rise in Delaware

Hundreds of homeschools have cropped up this year, with more than 1,000 students statewide enrolling in them. As of early September, there are 751 new nonpublic schools in Delaware. Nonpublic schools include private, homeschool and mult-ifamily homeschools. Of those 751, only four are private schools. A majority — 723 — are new homeschools, with 24 […]

$30K awarded in Excellence in Education program grants

DOVER — Approximately $30,000 will support workforce development in schools through the first grants awarded via the Excellence in Education program, with the program still accepting late applications. The program — driven by community partners Greater Kent Committee, Kent Economic Partnership and the Delaware State News — officially launched last year to foster workforce development […]

Appoquinimink parent groups rally to reopen schools

ODESSA — Holding a bunch of American flags and a sign, Lucy Hastings, a fifth-grade student in Appoquinimink School District, was among the crowd that gathered outside of the district’s administrative building Thursday afternoon to rally for reopening schools. “I really want to go back to school in person because it’s my last year in […]

DSU describes plan for Wesley acquisition

DOVER — As the work gets underway for Delaware State University’s acquisition of Wesley College, the school is shaping its vision for a new — and larger — DSU. “We still have significant hurdles before us, but we do believe that we’re in good stead,” DSU president Tony Allen told Dover City Council members during […]