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This Week in Red Clay July 17, 2020

In this issue:

Red Clay's Roadmap to Reopening: An Update from Superintendent Green | Tech Survey Closes on July 18 | School Board Elections on July 21 | Submit Questions for Red Clay's Student Town Hall by July 22 | Superintendent Green on Building Bridges | FY 2021 Tax Rate Approved, No Increase | Stay Healthy with Red Clay's Summer Meals to Go | Summer Learning Resources

Red Clay's Roadmap to Reopening

This week, we continued developing our plan for reopening Red Clay schools based on guidance from public health officials, state agencies, and the Governor’s office. Here's the latest.

An Update from Superintendent Green

Dear Red Clay community,

I want to take a moment to provide an update on where we are as we continue to plan for a safe and equitable return to school.

On Wednesday, the Delaware Department of Education released the Delaware School Reopening Plan, which includes action steps that schools should take before students and educators return to school buildings this fall.

The document provides a number of recommendations and considerations for our school teams who are hard at work planning for the 2020-21 school year. It does not, however, answer the question of what learning will look like in the fall—whether in-person, remote, or hybrid. The Governor has indicated that he plans to provide more definitive guidance for schools in early August.

In the meantime, we continue to plan for the possibility of different learning scenarios so that we are prepared to serve you in whatever capacity our state leaders and public health officials ultimately decide. I want to thank you for your patience, support and feedback throughout this process. Over 5,600 of you shared your thoughts on reopening schools in last week's scenario planning survey. We are carefully reviewing your responses and reading all 3,000 comments to better understand the needs of our students, families and staff as we consider what learning may look like this fall. Please look out for a summary of our findings next week.

As always, we will continue to share updates as more information becomes available.

Sincerely,

Dorrell Green

Superintendent, Red Clay Consolidated School District

Tech Survey Closes on July 18

Earlier this week, we called Red Clay families with a brief survey to better understand technology needs at home. Thank you to the 5,000+ individuals who have responded so far!

This important survey helps our IT team to gather more detailed information about your family's need for technology support in 2020-21.

If you haven't taken the technology survey yet, you can still complete it by email, through Saturday, July 18. Please check your inbox for a recent email from Red Clay and click the link to take the technology survey.

School Board Elections on Tuesday, July 21

School board elections will be held on Tuesday, July 21. Click below to visit the Delaware Department of Elections website, where you can learn more about the election, the candidates, how to vote, and where to vote.

Send us your questions & comments for Student Town Hall on Race & Equity

Red Clay Students to Discuss Brave Spaces and Conversations Around Race in Upcoming Town Hall

Looking at our current environment, we are seeing an increased need for conversations around race. These conversations are difficult in nature and our own personal beliefs make them even harder, at times.

In an effort to address student needs and create a brave space for continuing courageous conversations, Red Clay, in conjunction with US², Inc., will host a virtual town hall with students on Monday, July 27. Topics will include race, racism, student voice, social/emotional learning, and civic awareness.

We invite all students, and community members, to participate in this event, voice questions ahead of time, and dive deeper into conversations around race.

Send Your Questions & Comments by July 22

Join the discussion! Help us make the town hall an even more relevant and meaningful event by sending in your questions and comments ahead of time. Click below to submit a question or comment by July 22. Our Office of Equity & Strategic Partnerships will review all submissions and highlight many of them during the discussion.

Watch Red Clay's Student Town Hall on July 27 at 6 PM

Watch the student town hall on Red Clay's YouTube channel, on July 27 at 6 PM. The event will last approximately 90 minutes.

Superintendent Green on Building Bridges

Superintendent Green recently sat down with Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt for a conversation about his journey in the field of education, and the role K-12 schools play in racial justice.

“Knowing that there was a void of Black male educators—even at that time, which is something that's still present day—I chose education as a career path,” said Green. “[I] realized that it was part of my destiny, I guess, to get into education.”

Click below to hear the full interview from Building Bridges, a series that offers conversations with Delawareans working in the community on social justice and furthering racial equality.

FY 2021 Tax Rate Approved, No Increase

On July 8, the Red Clay school board approved the FY 2021 tax rate. There is no increase in FY 2021, even as Red Clay continues to enhance and expand services and supports to meet the diverse needs of our students.

Stay Healthy with Summer Meals to Go

The Red Clay Cafe is providing meals to go this summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays, through August 6. Click below for locations and other details.

Summer Learning Resources

Red Clay is pleased to offer several opportunities for students to continue learning at home this summer. Click below to learn about K-8 online summer learning, special education summer programs, and online credit recovery courses for high schoolers.