Students in Delaware won’t return to the classroom this school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gov. John Carney announced Friday schools will remain closed and teaching will continue remotely over the next two months.
"There is obviously no replacement for in-person instruction in classrooms in terms of relationships and the services," said Carney, "But obviously [we'll] doing what we can between now and the end of what would’ve been the school year to get as much of the benefits as possible."
Carney concedes that concerns linger about keeping all students engaged while learning from home.
“It continues to be a challenge," he said. "I think it will continue to get better. I know the districts are conscious of it. Obviously, they also have legal obligations there which motives them as well - and us."
Carney also encouraged superintendents to start preparing for summer learning and geting back up to speed next school year, while making sure to recognize graduating seniors.
"One of the things on their minds is to celebrate seniors as they graduate, and to obviously to give them some recognition," said Carney. "It won't be a graduation celebration like we’re all used to and a celebration for families of those seniors to really enjoy, but some way to recognize their achievement."
Carney initially closed schools for two weeks on March 13th. He extended the closure to May 15th on March 23rd to reflect his statewide stay at home order.
Delaware joins 42 other states and Washington D.C. in closing their schools for the remainder of this school year.