In this issue:
Red Clay Schools Celebrate the First Day of School | Nominate an Outstanding Educational Support Professional Today | Register for Weekly COVID-19 Testing | Vaccination Clinic for Ages 12+ on September 11 | Health and Safety Quick Links | Student Accident Insurance Available | Red Clay Cafe Introduces New Payment Portal
Welcome Back, Red Clay Students, Families and Staff!
Thank you to all of the students, staff and families who helped Red Clay schools make a safe return to full in-person learning this week.
On Monday, we welcomed students, families and staff to a new school year as Red Clay schools returned to full in-person learning for the first time in 18 months. Our decision to reopen schools was based on the needs of our students and the guidance we have received from the Delaware Division of Public Health and the Delaware Department of Education, in accordance with the recommendations from the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses.
In Red Clay, we believe that welcoming students back to the classrooms in person and surrounding them with caring educators and needed support is the best way to help them grow academically and re-engage in the learning and social environments that are critical to their development.
Thanks to a number of mitigation strategies in place across our district, and the ongoing commitment to health and safety shown by our school communities, we saw very few reported cases of COVID-19 in our first week—a total of 18 positive cases, or 0.1% of our student and staff population that returned for full in-person learning this week. Staff immediately followed our health and safety protocols to ensure prompt contact tracing, notification, and quarantining where necessary. Please remember, if you are experiencing symptoms, awaiting test results, or have been exposed to COVID-19, please await negative test results or proper clearance from your healthcare provider before entering schools and offices.
Thank you for your continued support as we work to educate students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Red Clay community's cooperation made opening week a huge success!
Nominate an Outstanding Educational Support Professional Today
Do you know a bus driver, custodian, paraeducator or other educational support professional who goes above and beyond?
Red Clay will select a district representative for Delaware's 2022 Educational Support Professional of the Year program, which is similar to Delaware's Teacher of the Year program.
We invite Red Clay staff, students, families, and members of the community to nominate candidates who are exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled in their profession. Nominees should promote a positive, supportive image of the educational support profession at their work site and in the school/district community.
Some examples of educational support professionals are bus drivers, custodial employees, nutrition services employees, paraeducators, secretaries, clerks and educational diagnosticians.