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Independence School’s wowzer of outdoor classroom links kids, nature

Brionna N. Stonebraker Education, Headlines

Independence School’s new outdoor classroom includes an amphitheater. Photo by Independence School.   Independence School’s breathtaking new outdoor learning area includes an amphitheater, interactive musical instruments, a tricycle track, a Wetlands and a “messy activities” area. The elegantly designed 57,000 square feet, divided into 14 areas, has been planned since the spring of 2018, with fundraising starting in 2019. It …

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Wilmington’s Eastside students welcomed back by cheering crowd

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

Corie Priest of the Delaware Attorney General’s Office welcomes a student returning to Eastside Charter Tuesday.   More than 40 teachers, politicians and members of the community gathered Tuesday to form a welcome crew for students returning to Eastside Charter School for the first time since March 2020. The 483 students, mostly minorities, reacted in a variety of ways to …

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Brandywine school board meeting canceled due to maskless parents

Charles Megginson Education, Government, Headlines

Parents not wearing masks at Brandywine School Board meeting chanted, ‘follow the science, masks don’t work.’ Photo by MChe Lee/Unsplash   Updated. A Brandywine School District board meeting was canceled Monday night after numerous attendees refused to comply with the governor’s recent school mask mandate. Nearly 40 minutes after the scheduled start-time, school board president John Skrobot III and superintendent …

So few kids took assessment tests last year, scores can’t be compared

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

The Delaware Department of Education says student achievement scores can’t be compared to previous years. Photo by Jessica Lewis/Pexels   The Delaware Department of Education on Tuesday released the results of the 2020-21 school year and said so few kids took the tests that the statistics can’t be compared year to year. For example, only 60% of students took the …

The UK variant of COVID-19 found in three people this month is one of many variants being tracked in the U.S.

State to mandate masks in all schools, state facilities; more rules to come

Charles Megginson Education, Headlines, Health

Delaware will require all school teachers, students and staff to wear masks indoors, even for sports.     Gov. John Carney said Tuesday that masks must be worn in all public, private and parochial schools, as well as childcare homes and centers for those over the age of 2.. Carney also said state employees and visitors to state facilities must …

Delaware schools plan to help students with summer and other programs.

State pays $15 million for COVID testing company to work with schools

Betsy Price Education, Headlines, Health

A new program will check teaches and students for COVID-19, even if they don’t have symptoms.   Delaware will pay $15 million for the Quidel Corp. to provide routine COVID-19 testing, processing and reporting for Delaware teachers and students who have no virus symptoms. In many cases, a Delaware Division of Public Health press release said, Quidel’s rapid antigen tests …