September 23, 2020

Dear Parents,
In July, we asked our families to select a choice for virtual or in-person learning. As we have now transitioned into the Virtual Academy to start the year, we are asking you to review your choice. Let us know by Monday, September 28th only if you have changed your choice from July. This decision will be for the rest of the 1st semester which ends on January 29, 2021. Our plans for bringing students in-person will be phased in over the next couple of months. We will communicate with families at least two weeks prior to allow families time to prepare.

As we plan to provide in-person learning, we know that the experience will not be the same as it was prior to the pandemic. The safety of our students is at the forefront of all decisions, and the schools are prepared to follow the recommendations found in the Delaware Department of Education Return to School Guidance document.

Hub Model Concept

At the elementary and middle schools, we are also considering only using some schools as ‘hubs’ for in-person learning. As an example, Pleasantville might be a ‘hub’ school for students from Pleasantville, Carrie Downie, and Wilmington Manor. The decision regarding ‘hub’ or feeder pattern will be communicated at least two weeks in advance along with transportation information.


Face to Face Learning Times

Below are the new times for in-person learning beginning this year:

GroupBus Drop-offBus Pickup-offStudent HoursStaff Hours
Colwyck Pre-K9:30 AM3:30 PM9:30 AM to 3:30 PM8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Elementary/Leach8:45 AM3:40 PM8:55 AM to 3:25 PM8:35 AM to 4:05 PM
Middle7:55 AM2:50 PM8:05 AM to 2:40 PM7:45 AM to 3:15 PM
High7:05 AM2:00 PM7:15 AM to 1:50 PM7:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Options for Fall: Remote Learning or Face to Face Instruction

  • For parents who have already made a choice for fall school options from our previous email in the summer:
    • If you are satisfied with your choice you do not need to do anything. 
    • If you wish to change your decision, please fill out this form:  CHANGE MY CHILD’S LEARNING OPTION. 
      • You will need your student ID when completing the form. This is the number your child uses to sign into their Chromebook.   
  • For parents who have need to make a choice for fall school options:
      • Please fill out this form:  CHANGE MY CHILD’S LEARNING OPTION. 
        • You will need your student ID when completing the form. This is the number your child uses to sign into their Chromebook.

Thank you for your patience during this time as we work through all the options to ensure a safe return to school in Colonial.

Expectations for in-person learning for students in grades K-8:

  • Parents must complete a COVID-19 self-screener for their child each morning +
  • All students must wear a face covering at all times unless eating.
  • Students must be spaced 6 feet apart in classrooms with approximately 15 to 25 students per room.
  • Students will remain in the same seat/desk in one classroom throughout the day and staff will rotate into the classrooms, this includes lunchtime.
  • Students will continue to use technology on a daily basis and are expected to bring devices to and from school.
  • Students must follow all safety protocols regarding handwashing, use of hand sanitizer and social distancing.
  • All bus riders must wear masks, sit socially distanced, and sanitize hands before boarding.
  • There will be no in-person clubs or sports for K to 8 students.
  • Students may not have the same teacher for in-person that they have had for virtual learning.
  • If the school nurse determines that your child is sick, they must be picked up as soon as you are notified.
  • Students will be required to follow all Division of Public Health (DPH) guidance on self-quarantining if necessary.