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Milford School District returns to hybrid mode after brief pause

Delaware Public Media

The Milford School District resumes its hybrid learning plan Thursday.

The district paused in person learning Tuesday after this week’s latest Kent County COVID-19 numbers put two of the three indicators the state uses to determine school status in the “red” zone.

At the start of the week, Kent’s new case rate per 100,000 people was 277, well over the benchmark of 100.  And the 7-day rolling average of positive tests was over 8 - at 8.3 percent.

But Milford superintendent Kevin Dickerson said in a statement Wednesday the district will pick up its hybrid learning immediately.

"Though we are concerned with rising COVID-19 cases and related exposures within our district-community, we have not experienced spread within our schools," said Dickerson on his statement. "Furthermore, the Division of Public Health (DPH) is not finding spread of the virus within schools and expresses that the
mitigation strategies in place within schools allow for schools to be a safe environment for students and staff."

Having two “red” zone indicators in Kent County prompted Capital School District to return completely to remote learning until January.

Gov. John Carney said Tuesday he believes schools can still safely operate in hybrid mode, adding that two indicators in the “red”  -even statewide – is not meant to automatically signal schools close.

Caesar Rodney School District also moved to a virtual format this week and plans to stay there until Dec. 9 while developing a long-term plan.

But other Kent districts, Lake Forest, Polytech, and Smyrna, are sticking with their hybrid formats.

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