Good Morning Colonial Nation-

We continue to monitor changes as they happen and adjust our plans as needed.  Here’s the most recent update regarding this pandemic.

If you are experiencing any symptoms, such as a dry cough and/or fever, please follow the CDC guidelines and not visit our schools.


Schools and Offices
Schools will be open on Tuesday (3/17/20) to students/family members between the hours of 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm to pick up the following:

  • Learning packets – No ID required
  • ID Required for the following:
    • Devices (chromebooks/laptops) for student learning for students in grades 2 through 12
    • Prescription medications
    • Necessary personal items such as: band instruments, sports equipment, etc..

Building Access Guidelines 

  • Only 1 bathroom will be open.
  • Only 1 door will be open for key card access
  • Touch as little as possible while accessing the building
  • Families must be escorted to access classrooms as needed and sign in to indicate the classroom they are accessing.
  • Staff are expected to only access areas necessary to retrieve personal effects 
  • Food and drinks will not be permitted in classrooms 
  • All trash should be disposed of in a central receptacle- not in classroom trash cans



  • 12 – Month Employees
    12-month employees will report to their normal work location on Monday (3/16) & and Tuesday (3/17) 8:00 am – 4:00 pm to work on a variety of tasks that will give our district guidance over the next two weeks that we are closed; unless you have been notified by your supervisor of another time needed. If a 12-month employee is unable to report during these two days, they will need to use their leave time accordingly and also speak with their supervisor regarding their absence.
    *If you have questions, please contact your immediate supervisor.

  • 10 – Month Employees
    10-month employees are permitted to enter the buildings from 8:00 am through 12:00 pm on Tuesday, March 17th to retrieve necessary personal and/or professional items. Staff that are interested in volunteering their time to support the schools in the afternoon on 3/17/20 should communicate with their building principal.

    If you would like to volunteer to support District efforts after March 17th, click this link to sign up.:

    All staff that enter the school are expected to check in and out via the main office.
    *If you have questions, please contact your immediate supervisor.


Operational Planning and Updates

Nutrition Services:
Colonial School District has been approved for a drive-through “Grab and Go” meal service at William Penn High School and Southern Elementary School starting Tuesday, March 17th.
Students will receive a lunch and breakfast meal for the following day at no cost.

  • Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
  • Monday- Friday (for as long as we are closed)
  • Any child 18 years of age or younger
  • Do not have to be a student of the Colonial School District.
  • Location: Pick up will be at the loading dock of each building and will be clearly marked with directional signs.
    • William Penn High School: 713 E Basin Rd, New Castle, DE 19720
    • Southern Elementary School: 795 Cox Neck Rd, New Castle, DE 19720
  • The district will also utilize multiple school buses and Nutrition Service mobile care-a-vans.
    We will communicate specific locations and times for our mobile bus routes through robo-calls to families and will be updated on our website.

Interims/Grading/Parent Updates:
During this time period, teachers may be entering assessment information that was gathered prior to March 12th. We recognize that not all students may have submitted the grades for a variety of reasons and do not want to create concern among students/parents about missing assignments. We will work this out when we return to a normal schedule.

We will continue to update you as we get information that will impact the district.