Wilmington Friends will start school with a mix of in-person and remote learning

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Wilmington Friends School will open in September with some in-person, some remote learning.

NOTE: This story has been updated with information about how St. Edmond’s will start school.

Wilmington Friends on Wednesday notified families that it’s planning hybrid instruction when the Alapocas school starts Sept. 8. 

Their move follows what Delaware Gov. John Carney has been predicting: The mild to moderate spread of the novel coronavirus will mean schools will start with younger kids in classrooms and more remote learning for older students.

At least 5 New Castle County private schools have said they will open with everybody in the classrooms. Others have not yet decided.

 

Head of School Ken Aldridge cited the current “yellow” phase, which indicates the moderate spread of the virus in his announcement about a hybrid opening.

Students in the Lower School “will attend school in-person each day and remain with the same cohort of students in their classrooms; specials will be taught in the homebase classrooms,” Aldridge wrote. 

Middle and Upper School students will attend school in-person two days a week and be online three days. Monday and Tuesday: Middle School in the building, Upper School remote; Wednesday: all students remote, with extended cleaning; Thursday and Friday: Upper School in the building, Middle School remote.

 

The school is offering full remote instruction to families who request it by Monday, Aug. 3.

The school will not offer child care, drop-in care, field trips and large events while the state is in the yellow phase, designated by the Department of Education’s reopening schools guidelines.

Visitors to campus will be restricted, and students, faculty and staff must complete a daily health assessment.

St. Edmond’s

On Thursday, St. Edmond’s Academy said it is opening its 25-acre Brandywine Hundred campus on Sept. 1 to its students, all boys, up to eighth grade.

John Jordan, who started as head of school in March, said the school plans to use outdoor spaces and large classroom areas to keep students socially distanced.

 

 


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