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August 5, 2020: Reopening Survey

As Dr. Carson noted in his recent message, we would like your input in developing our reopening plan. Please click here to take an important survey. It will close Monday, August 10, at 10 a.m. If you have multiple students attending Sussex Technical High School, please complete the survey once for each student.

If you have additional thoughts after completing the survey, please email

Take the survey here


August 3, 2020: Message from the Superintendent

Hello, Sussex Tech community. My name is Kevin Carson, and I’m your acting superintendent here at the Sussex County Vocational-Technical School District.

I’d like to introduce myself and give you a little background information about my work over the years. I actually started my career here in Sussex Tech many, many years ago, and I’ve had the pleasure and good fortune to work as superintendent in a number of school districts here in Sussex County.

These are certainly interesting times and create challenges for all of us. But I’m confident we’re going to be able to persevere and do the best possible job we can for our students.

First and foremost, from all of us here at Sussex Tech, we hope that you and your families are well and that you are safe, and that the impact of COVID is something that you’ve been able to manage to the best of your ability.

Our first priority and hope is that we are able to welcome our students and staff back to school in a safe and productive manner. We have been working on implementation of the safety and instructional guidelines recommended to us by the Delaware Department of Education. If the decision is made to open with in-person instruction, all required safety precautions will be in place.

I wanted to begin the process of communicating with you about where we are, what we have been working on and what decisions are yet to be made. Additional messages will be coming to you as our work continues.

Regarding our buildings and safety precautions, our absolutely great maintenance and custodial team has been thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting our buildings, classrooms and offices, all with approved cleaning products.

Hand sanitizer and masks have been received and actually have been reordered for our district. I’m sure you have invested in or have received your own masks, I think that’s great; please keep them handy.

We have two staff committees (approximately 30 people) representing all employee groups working on our operations and instructional delivery programs. When we have completed our draft options we will survey you for your thoughts, possibly this week. Following the review and surveys, the plan will be presented to the Board of Education for consideration and final details will be shared with you when approved.

In addition, I will be recommending to the Board of Education for the school calendar to be modified to start classes after Labor Day. If this recommendation is approved by the Board, the first day for students will not be August 31, it will be after Labor Day. We will have more details for you regarding the calendar next week.

We are developing two possible instructional delivery methods. The first is remote learning, where students would receive instruction digitally or through materials provided by the school. The second is a hybrid model, where students would physically be in school part of the week and learning remotely other times.

I would like to say thank you to all parents, students and staff for your patience and understanding about this unprecedented time. I appreciate the work of all of our staff and to our Board of Education, who also wants the best and safest option for everyone in the Tech community. This is a rapidly changing situation and we will be sharing with you as soon as decisions are made.

If you have any questions, please email

I hope you have a great and safe day, and we hope to see you soon. Thank you.

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