Brandywine School District Pushes Start Date Back To September 16

At the July 20 School Board meeting, the Board voted to delay the student start date for the upcoming school year until September 16.

Given that the State will not make a final decision on how education will be delivered until mid-August, the delayed start gives the District more time to plan and finalize details to ensure a safe, smooth opening.

The teacher start date of August 24 is unchanged. We will use the additional time before September 16 for professional development and best practices, regardless of which model of instructional delivery we will be undertaking. The delayed start will not impact the end date in June 2021; during in-service days, parent/teacher conference days, and the like, students will have assignments to complete at home using Chromebooks that will be distributed at the start of the school year.

Parents and staff will soon receive surveys to provide the district with their preference for in-person learning, remote learning, or a hybrid approach. They will use that information, along with the Governor’s final guidance, to solidify our plan for the 2020-2021 school year beginning on September 16.

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