News for Parents and the Community
DCIU understands that the mandated closure of PA schools due to the COVID-19 response effort may be causing uncertainty for the 2020-21 school year. We are working to connect students and families with resources to help navigate this unprecedented crisis.
A conversation with Dr. David Rubin and Dr. Susan Coffin from CHOP PolicyLab for Parents of Delaware County on the Reopening of Schools.
While the start of this year will look very different from last year, our staff have been preparing to provide a safe environment for those returning to our buildings. DCIU and DCTS students and families should review the Health and Safety plan. Additionally, we will be posting helpful information on our website, social media, and in newsletters.
Pennsylvania’s secretaries of the departments of Health (DOH), Education and Human Services (HS) recently announced the availability of resources and supports for families with children to assist with overcoming challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Video Series
The Delaware County Intermediate Unit recently partnered with the Chester County Intermediate Unit and Chester County Health Department to produce a series of videos titled “Shared Knowledge, Shared Success.” The series is focused on school reopening and the importance of regional collaboration efforts as we open our buildings and prepare for this new environment. Guidance from local health officials and education leaders is critical to successful reopening plans.
This three part series highlights these important partnerships, and serves as a reminder that we all have a role in keeping our schools safe. Part one of the series, “Returning to Schools and Keeping Spaces Safe”, has been released and features principals, teachers, and students from Delaware and Chester counties providing important messages about maintaining a safe and healthy environment in schools. Please share this video with your school communities through social media, email, newsletters, or any communication platform you use.
Part Two of the series, “A Regional Collaboration to Navigate the Reopening of Schools during COVID-19”, features DCIU Executive Director Dr. Maria Edelberg and CCIU Executive Director Dr. George Fiore discussing the importance of local partnerships and collaboration as schools plan reopening guidelines and procedures. Jeanne Casner, Chester County Health Director, provides insight into the role of the health department as these organizations work together.
Messages from Dr. Maria Edelberg, DCIU Executive Director
Health and Safety Reopening Plan – DCIU and DCTS guidelines for all programs and services to reopen safely.
Continuity of Education Plans – What teaching and learning will look like during the school closures due to COVID-19.
COVID-19 Resources – Resources For School Leaders and the Community.
Information For Students – Online learning and education highlights from DCIU staff.
DCIU COVID-19 Updates – A summary of DCIU communications over the course of the COVID-19 outbreak.
About Coronavirus – An overview of COVID-19 including information about illness severity, risks, and prevention.