Indian River cancels out-of-state trips

Delaware News Desk
Sussex Countian
Sussex Countian

The Indian River School District is cancelling or postponing all out-of-state field trips and other events through April 19.

The restriction includes out-of-state sporting events and professional development events for staff, as well as events in which out-of-state athletes or adults visit the district.

The decision was made out of consideration for the safety of students and staff amid the possible spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19),.

“After consulting with public health officials and our school principals, we believe the best course of action is to cancel school-sponsored out-of-state field trips at this time,” Superintendent Mark Steele said. “The health and safety of students and staff is our top priority and although the risk to general public is still considered to be low, we do not want to jeopardize the health of any individual. We apologize for any inconvenience these cancellations may cause.”

In the meantime, district schools will remain open as normal. Custodial, cafeteria and transportation personnel have received guidance on enhanced cleaning procedures. The district requests that parents do not send their children to school if they exhibit flu-like symptoms, and that adults stay home and avoid others if they are sick. 

The Indian River School District will continue to monitor the situation and follow any guidance provided by Delaware Public Health and the Department of Education, including closing schools if necessary.