DDOE, DTI provide remote learning support to schools
In his March 23, 2020 “Letter on School Closures,” Governor Carney directed schools in Delaware to remain closed through May 15th and shared that districts and charters will work with their staffs to create remote instruction plans so students can continue to learn during this crisis. Remote learning occurs "when the learner and instructor, or source of information, are separated by time and distance and therefore cannot meet in a traditional classroom setting" (source).
As districts and charters prepare to implement remote learning models, they must consider how to best reach all students, including their most vulnerable. Moving forward, the Delaware Department of Education and the Department of Technology and Information will support schools in the planning and preparation related to models and methods of instructional delivery and to the extent possible, the delivery of social and related services.
Remote learning approaches will differ as districts and charters take into consideration variables such as the availability or access to the internet and devices, English learners, and needs of their students with IEPs and 504 plans. Individual districts and charters must also make local decisions that take into consideration the health, safety, and well-being of all their students and staff members during this unprecedented time. Decisions will be made to meet each school community's needs. The continued support from families and local stakeholders is appreciated.
Lastly, DDOE has launched de.gov/covid19edu to host resources related to talking to children about COVID-19, safety, meal locations, and learning experiences to engage in at home as well as many other support resources. This site is updated regularly.