Senior year, interrupted

Senior year is supposed to be the exciting endcap of “lasts”: last prom, last game as a high school athlete, last day of traditional school. For the class of 2020, some of those “lasts” came upon them a lot faster than expected. “I expected two weeks and then we’d be back to season and then […]

National Guard hands out meals for Appoquinimink students

MIDDLETOWN — Handing out meals for school children and their families amid the COVID-19 pandemic is just one of the services that exemplifies what the National Guard seeks to do, guardsmen agreed Wednesday. “This is a perfect example,” said Capt. Bernie Kale, director of public affairs for the Delaware National Guard. “It’s unfortunate when situations […]

Caesar Rodney High JROTC breaks community service records

CAMDEN – Community service is top of mind when it comes to the JROTC cadets at Caesar Rodney High School, said Col. Mitch Berger. “People always appreciate it. They can’t get enough of seeing the kids, and they’re proud of the kids,” he said. “Many of them are veterans, and so they like seeing young […]

IRSD forming advisory board under consent order requirements

SELBYVILLE — Indian River School District’s committed implementation of a consent order geared toward building its capacity to meet all students’ needs in their home schools has reached the advisory board stage. Formation of the community advisory board focusing on academic/behavioral interventions for all district students is among the requirements in the November 2019 consent […]

IRSD modifies meal service schedule for Easter holiday

SELBYVILLE – The Indian River School District will be making a series of changes to its meal service schedule during the period of April 6-17 to accommodate the Easter holiday. The school district announced Friday that meals will not be served on Good Friday, April 10, or Monday, April 13. Regular service will resume on […]

State school board sets virtual meeting Monday to discuss virus

DOVER — As school boards across the state determine new academic calendars, the state school board will meet virtually at 5 p.m. Monday to discuss COVID-19’s impact on public and charter schools throughout Delaware. The board plans to discuss updates from the Delaware Department of Education regarding the coronavirus. On the agenda is a discussion […]

Lake Forest, other school districts modify academic calendars

FELTON — Lake Forest is the latest of the school boards throughout the state to approve a new academic calendar in response coronavirus, which resulted in schools closing through May 15.  In his letter announcing that schools would shutter through mid-May, Gov. John Carney acknowledged that the long term closure would push school calendars beyond […]

Coping with children’s anxiety over pandemic

With schools closed and parents working from home, when the anxiety starts to creep in, what do you do? NAMI Delaware and Meghan Walls, pediatric psychologist at Nemours/AI duPont Hospital for Children, during a livestream Monday evening, sought to give parents and teachers some strategies to cope with anxiety. “We do try to hone in […]

We Can Week goes online in Smyrna

SMYRNA — This year was supposed to be the biggest iteration of the New York-based singer Jesse Ruben’s community service program, We Can Project, for the Smyrna School District yet. Like many other things this past month, however, it was postponed as a safety measure due to COVID-19. Despite that, organizers wanted the show to […]

Commentary: Screen time and your child’s digital health


By Joey Melvin With the closure of schools across the United States, students will have some unexpected free time for weeks to come.  Thousands of parents are now grappling with the question of how that time should be best filled. I’m a School Resource Officer (SRO), not a physician, but understanding the development of the […]