DELAWARE – The Delaware State Education Association is calling on Governor John Carney for more guidance on safely guidelines in schools.
The DSEA is asking for more guidance on when schools should be closed by a district, how many students should be in a building, and more communication between the public and districts on plans. They’re also asking that PPE is distributed to schools in the first state. “I can’t say that everything should be mandated the exact same way. But there are some things, like the distance between students and the distance between desks, and what it means to be safely on the school bus or what the cafeteria looks like,” said DSEA President Stephanie Ingram.
Ingram says at the end of the day, it’s about keeping staff and students as safe as possible. She says that should come with statewide consistency. “The biggest thing that’s at stake for us is our piece of mind – knowing that when we go in and out of the buildings we’re doing that in the safest way possible,” said Ingram.
Governor Carney’s office released a statement in response that says, “Educators want to be in school. They just want to make sure it’s safe. We agree and will continue to work with school leaders across the state to make sure we can safely get more students and educators back in classrooms. Transmission of COVID-19 has been rare in schools because of the really tremendous efforts of students, educators and school staff in following the basic health precautions. We should all follow their lead – and take the steps necessary to keep our communities healthy, and keep children in school.”