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3/12/2020

Presently, schools in the Colonial School District in DELAWARE remain open. 
We are aware that the Colonial School District in Pennsylvania has closed. 
Please monitor colonialschooldistrict.org for the most up to date information pertaining to our district in Delaware.  

Dear Colonial Nation,
The Colonial School District (CSD) is continuously monitoring the Coronavirus outbreak.  Currently, administrators are evaluating District events and activities on a day-to-day basis. In an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus in our community, CSD is implementing the following restrictions effective March 13, 2020 through April 9, 2020, to reduce potential exposure of Coronavirus to our staff and students.
• All student field trips, regardless of location, are canceled.
• All scheduled presenters for in-class presentations and student assemblies are canceled. 
• All out-of-district professional development activities for staff, regardless of location, are canceled.
• All outside groups using CSD indoor facilities are canceled. Field usage will be permitted with no access to buildings. 
• All events open to the public in CSD schools are canceled. Examples include but are not limited to: concerts, choral festivals, award ceremonies, STEAM Showcase, etc…   

NOTE: DIAA sporting events for middle and high school students will continue as planned and will be assessed daily. School-sponsored after-school clubs and activities will continue. The District will allow the YMCA and PAL DE to operate Before and After Care, since both programs are exclusive to CSD students. In the event of a CSD school closure, these programs will be canceled. 

We have received some inquiries regarding school attendance. If you are concerned for the safety of your child related to the Coronavirus transmission and you choose to keep your child home from school, the absence will be excused but your child will be expected to make up any missed work.

Be assured that CSD will remain vigilant in our efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and will communicate any changes to our Pandemic Preparedness Action Plan, if they transpire.

Please refer to the following best practices for helping to prevent the spread of Coronavirus:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.You might want to tell small children to recite their ABC’s until handwashing is complete.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home if you feel sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use the bend of your elbow.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• And finally, avoid shaking hands for now… instead consider a friendly elbow-bump.
* If your child presents with any Coronavirus symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath), call your healthcare provider.

We will continue to communicate with our families and staff via email and will post updates and resources to our website. Please stay tuned for more updates as we continue to monitor and reassess the situation daily. Thank you for your continued support in keeping our schools safe.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jeffrey Menzer, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools