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Latest Updates From Christina School District, Food Distribution Sites Announced

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The Christina School District has released the latest updates and announced five food distribution sites.

As you are aware, after consulting with School Superintendents, Governor Carney has asked that all 19 Delaware School Districts close for a period of two weeks*, from Monday, March 16, 2020, through Friday, March 27. (At this time, we expect schools and offices to reopen on Monday, March 30.)

We are acting quickly to provide as much time as possible for family planning. This is a fluid situation and that means we may not be able to answer all your questions at this time.

Will we have to make up the days? It may be possible to recover days originally set aside for snow. In addition, the Board of Education will consider a potential modification of spring break dates. We will seek guidance from the Delaware Department of Education and will make every effort to recover lost instructional time during this unprecedented situation.

Will graduation still be happening as scheduled? This is a fluid situation. It is too early to confirm when, or even what graduation will look like until later in the spring.

Will work be sent home while school is closed? The District will provide academic work packets via our website and in print material. If you do not have access to the website, printed packets will be available for pick up on Wednesday, March 18th at your school between the hours of 11 AM – 1 PM, and at meal distribution sites after March 18th. We are also reviewing additional resources for learning. This will not count as graded work and there will be no tests on the material.

Will options for meals be available to students during this time? We will provide meals to Christina students at five distribution sites – Bancroft, Bayard, Kirk, Shue-Medill and Leasure – starting on Tuesday, March 17th between the hours of 11 AM – 1 PM;. Meals will be provided at the main entrance at each of these locations.

Is there a chance that we could be out longer than two weeks? There is always that possibility. However, our hope is that this shutdown will help slow the spread of the disease and allow us to get back to normal operations.

Have there been any students, staff, volunteers… in our district who may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus? We have not been notified of any instances at this time.

Our goal is to do whatever we can to prevent the spread of the virus and make sure we get back to business as usual as quickly as possible – while keeping our community safe and healthy. Let’s all be supportive of one another in this unique time of need!

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