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School Starts the Week of August 30th

Red Clay schools are excited and ready to safely make a full return to in-person learning starting the week of August 30th, with all students attending five days per week and receiving instruction from teachers in their enrolled school.


We have made this decision 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. 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.


  • First Day of School: Monday, August 30th for pre-k, kindergarten, grades 1-6 and 9. Tuesday, August 31st for grades 7, 8, and 10-12.

  • Kindergarten Split Week: Kindergarten students have a split week from August 30th to September 2nd. All kindergarten students will attend on September 3rd. Please stay tuned for details from your child’s school.

  • Learning Format: Full day, in-person instruction 5 days a week.

  • Attendance: All students are expected to attend class on-time every day.

  • Health Screening: Complete the COVID-19 self-screener prior to coming to school every day. Stay home if you are experiencing signs and/or symptoms of illness.

  • Masks & Face Coverings: Universal indoor mask wearing will be required in accordance with the Governor’s Declaration of a Public Health Emergency issued on August 10th.

  • Hand Sanitizer Stations: Maintained in every school.

  • Athletics/Performing Arts: All activities are scheduled to begin on August 15th.

  • Student Transportation: Masks are federally required on all public transportation. Buses are sanitized daily and equipped with hand-sanitizer dispensers.

  • Online Learning Options: Personalized learning platform provided by Edmentum - Moving Education Forward. Limited availability. Open to students who have a documented medical need that requires online learning. Deadline to apply is August 23rd. Apply now.


Back-to-School Events

Students and families are invited to join us at upcoming events where you can meet your child’s teacher and learn more about the class schedule.

  • August 25th: Open house events at all middle schools
  • August 26th: Open house events at all elementary schools


COVID-19 Vaccination Events

Still need a COVID-19 vaccine for you or your family?

  • COVID-19 vaccines are available from hospital systems, pharmacies, some doctor’s offices, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Division of Public Health clinics or other state-coordinated events, and community-based events. Find a site near you.


Health & Safety

We’re taking steps to support healthy and safe in-person learning.

*These documents are pending updates to reflect the Governor’s Declaration of a Public Health Emergency issued on August 10th


School Hours

  • Red Clay Early Years Program and Elementary Schools: 9:00 AM - 3:50 PM
  • Middle Schools: 8:05 AM - 2:55 PM
  • High Schools: 7:25 AM - 2:15 PM

Brandywine Springs School follows the middle school schedule. Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Conrad Schools of Science, and the IB Middle Years Programme at The John Dickinson School follow the high school schedule.


Free School Meals

A new federally funded program makes it easier for students to receive school meals at no cost. For the 2021-22 school year, all Red Clay students will be eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch during the school day. There are no forms or paperwork required. Learn more.

For further updates on our reopening plan, visit

We look forward to returning to full in-person teaching as we begin the school year. Your principal will follow up with more details on making the transition.