• Health and Safety Guidelines

    Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! We are very excited to reconnect with our students and families and look forward to an amazing school year. The following health and safety protocols will be in place to start the school year. DCS will continue to monitor school and community data and work with the Delaware Public Health Department for public health recommendations. We will be flexible and make changes as necessary.

    School Schedule:
    Students will attend school 5 days a week on the normal school schedule.

    Health Assessment:
    Parents are expected to assess their student(s) for symptoms and illness each day. Students should not come to school if they are sick. If a student presents symptoms upon their arrival at school, the school nurse will assess symptoms and follow the school exclusions provisions.

    Mask Expectations (UPDATED 9/13/2021):

    The Board of Education emphasized their strong desire to keep all students and staff safe and healthy and in school as much as possible during the upcoming school year. Delaware City Schools will require students, staff and guests to wear a mask while inside a school facility and on school buses.

    Mask Exemption Request Form

    Building Operations:
    Frequent handwashing will be encouraged throughout the day.
    Daily cleaning procedures will be maintained with special attention to high touch surfaces
    Our buildings will be available to essential visitors as determined by the principal.
    Physical distancing will be implemented when possible during the school day.
    Our Ventilation and HVAC Systems are programmed to provide more fresh air through the buildings.
    Water-filling stations will be available, but water fountains will remain closed.

    Masks are required on school buses per federal orders.
    Buses will be disinfected between bus routes.
    Windows will be open as much as possible on buses and other transportation.

    Contact Tracing & Reporting (UPDATED 9/17/2021):
    Seating charts will be maintained for classrooms, lunch, transportation and other school activities.
    DCS will partner with Delaware Public Health Department to conduct contact tracing. DPHD will be responsible for determining necessary quarantines due to exposure of individuals. Per updated ODH guidance, students can significantly reduce their risk of quarantine by wearing a mask in the school setting (See DPHD quarantine guidelines below).
    DCS will directly contact any student deemed to be a contact and report confirmed positive cases at the classroom-level for elementary students as determined by the Delaware Public Health Department. The district dashboard will be updated as cases are reported.

    Mask to Stay/Test to Play Guidance
    DPHD School guidance (updated 1/6/2022)
    DPHD FlowChart (updated 1/12/2022)
    DPHD Contact Considerations (Updated 1/12/2022)