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 […]

Smyrna junior earns spot on state board of education

SMYRNA — In middle school, Elise Sampson asked her teacher why she wasn’t nominated for National Junior Honor Society. She recalls being told, “You’re already in enough; you already have enough.” “That was never acceptable for me,” she said. “And I feel like it shouldn’t be acceptable for anyone. Anyone is capable of doing these […]

Special education teachers in Milford go to the students

MILFORD — The Milford School District may be starting its academic year remotely, but that doesn’t mean some students won’t be seeing their teachers in person. Some special education students at Milford Central Academy, a middle school, will receive daily visits from teachers for one-on-one instruction in addition to their independent remote work. “We started […]

Classroom attendance strong under virtual model

Online classrooms have resumed for districts across the state this week, with several reporting attendance above 90%. Following Gov. John Carney’s August announcement that schools could open with hybrid learning — a mixture of in-person and remote instruction — it was up to districts and charters to determine what was best for them. Decisions were […]

Fundraiser helps boost work of Sussex County’s Pathways to Success

GEORGETOWN — It was a bustling lunch crowd earlier this month at The Counting House. And since the day had extra special significance, numerous dinner reservations were booked for later that night at the restaurant and pub on The Circle in Georgetown. Pathways to Success, a nonprofit that supports and guides underserved Sussex County high […]

Read Aloud seeks to close literacy, talk gap

Read Aloud Delaware, a statewide organization dedicated to early childhood literacy for over 35 years, recently announced a partnership with LENA Start designed to help parents and caregivers measure, improve and make the most of their verbal connections with young children. The LENA Start program uses current technology to count the adult words, conversation turns, […]

‘A shift in education’: Challenged teachers return to classrooms amid pandemic

ABOUT THIS SERIES: This story begins a series that will follow three teachers throughout the year as students return to school amid the coronavirus pandemic. Fourth-grade teacher Ada Todd isn’t sure if anything prepares one for a year like this. “As teachers, it’s almost like it’s their first year all over again, for every teacher […]

VanSciver keeps kids on same page with new book

LEWES — Dr. James VanSciver, a retired educator and former president of Read-Aloud Delaware, has always had a knack for helping children to read and enjoy books. “I retired after a 43-year career in public education watching children suffer from an inability to read and enjoy books,” Dr. VanSciver said. “I witnessed those reading shortcomings […]

Carney: Schools must report COVID cases to families

DOVER — Gov. John Carney signed the 25th modification to his state of emergency declaration today, which requires Delaware schools to notify families if they become aware of positive cases of COVID-19 in their buildings. The modification also officially formalized new face-covering requirements for children, after Gov. Carney announced that update Monday. Students in K-12 […]

Procedure of IRSD board presidency vote debated

GEORGETOWN — For a second time this month, Rodney Layfield has been voted president of the Indian River School District board of education. In a public do-over during the Monday school board meeting, Mr. Layfield received unanimous support from the nine other board colleagues — three weeks after he was elected by anonymous secret-ballot election […]