Principal's Message

  • Sept. 14, 2020

    A Message from Principal Kevin Palladinetti

    Good morning Parents and Guardians,

    Today's message provides a little more information about returning to play and the next steps needed should full permission be granted.  For those in need of an annual Physical, see the information provided by our School Based Health Center, otherwise known as The Wellness Center, here at AIHS. 

    • Return to play next steps
    • Return to play survey 
    • Physicals and more at the Wellness Center

    Fall Athletes – returning to play

    As you may have heard, the DIAA Board of Directors voted to allow Fall sports to begin in a few weeks.  While this decision requires support from the Department of Education (vote is this week), along with allowances from Red Clay, all signs indicate student-athletes will be permitted to play. There is much work to be done but we need to start with ensuring our students are cleared to play.  Therefore, we are asking parents and guardians to take the necessary steps in preparing your students to play. 

    If you are interested in participating in athletics this Fall, there are two things you need to do:

    1. Register on Family ID
      • The link to register is at the top of the homepage.
    2. Complete a physical examination on the approved DIAA forms (See below for information from the Wellness Center).
      • Forms are available on the Family ID landing page, or the AD Messages tab on
      • Physicals should be uploaded to Family ID in pdf format
      • The Wellness Center is also performing exams at school.  Call 302-651-2640 to schedule an appointment.

    Parents and Guardians – please take a moment to answer this 3-question survey regarding Return to Play (link below):

    Return to Play Survey

    Once return to play has been fully approved, additional guidance will be shared with all students registered for participation.

    Christiana Care School Based Health Center (The Wellness Center):

    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    We wanted to let you know about an amazing resource that exists at AI duPont High School, the School-Based Health Center (SBHC) or Wellness Center.  The SBHC s are a partnership between Christiana Care Health Systems, the Red Clay Consolidated School District, and the Delaware Division of Public Health.  The SBHC is located right here in the school and is accessible for all AI students with a valid SBHC registration.  Healthcare in the SBHC is provided by a multidisciplinary team consisting of a Nurse Practitioner or a Physician’s Assistant, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and a Registered Dietician.  We are currently OPENand are seeing students for appointments either in person following CDC guidelines or by telehealth using Zoom.

    The SBHC offers the following services:

    Counseling (Individual, Family and Group)

    Health Education/Risk Reduction

    Nutrition/Weight Management

    Physicals (Sports, School and Pre-Employment)

    Health Screenings


    Diagnosis and Treatment of Minor Illnesses/Injuries

    Pregnancy Testing

    Diagnosis and Treatment of STI’s (sexually transmitted infections)

    HIV testing

    Reproductive Healthcare Services (Birth Control Pills/Depo-Provera/Condoms)

    Please know that your child’s pediatrician or family doctor is still your child’s main doctor.  SBHC care does not replace the care from your child’s pediatrician, and SBHC staff will work with your child’s main doctor to care for your child.  The SBHC offers services that may round out the care provided by your main doctor.  When appropriate and with permission, we will share medical information with your child’s doctor to prevent any duplication of health care services and to take the best care of your child.  If your child does not have a doctor, we can help you find one.

    To sign up your child in the School-Based Health Center, we require:

    A completed registration form (electronic links to the registration is below). This registration packet contains a Consent Form, Student Registration Form and Health History.

    Up to date insurance information if your child is insured. No co-pay, co-insurance or deductible will be charged to you and no one will be turned away due to being uninsured.

    Please register your student with this link:

    *if your student is already registered, we do not need a new registration

    If you have any questions about the School-Based Health Center and our services or want to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact the SBHC by calling us at (302)651-2640.

    Thank you,

    Kate Sibbaluca, LCSW

    Program Manager 

    As always, stay tuned!  As things unfold and information becomes available, I will be sure to share what I have.


    Kevin M. Palladinetti