It’s that time of year again... School starts Tuesday!

The 2018-2019 school year begins on Tuesday, Sept. 4, for kindergarten through 12th-grade students in the Indian River School District and Sussex Technical High School.

Sussex Tech held its freshmen orientation before the start of school, on Aug. 29 and 30. (The regular school day there will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.)

IRSD preschool programs, including Project Village and TOTS, will begin on Monday, Sept. 10.

Schools will be closed on Thursday, Sept. 6, for Delaware primary elections.

For more information about school supply lists, contact the child’s school.

School start and end times for 2018-2019 are:

• 7:40 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

East Millsboro Elementary School

Indian River High School

Georgetown Middle School

Millsboro Middle School

North Georgetown Elementary School

Phillip C. Showell Elementary School

Selbyville Middle School

Sussex Central High School

• 8:30 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.

Georgetown Elementary School

Georgetown Kindergarten Center

John M. Clayton Elementary School

Long Neck Elementary School

Lord Baltimore Elementary School

• Other times

G.W. Carver Academy (8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.)

Howard T. Ennis School (7:55 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.)

Southern Delaware School of the Arts (8:05 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.)


Drive safe


As bus pick-ups and drop-offs commence for the school hear, parents are being advised to get to know their child’s teacher, classroom, bus stop and bus driver.

Adults should also teach children to be safe around the roadway; listen to the bus driver; and to walk — don’t run — around the bus.

And while many people don’t have a kid in school, motorists should consider planning for a few minutes to be added to their morning or afternoon commute, since school buses take their time in transporting precious cargo.

“Drivers traveling in either direction on a two-lane road must stop when a school bus activates its flashing red lights and stop sign or arm,” according to Delaware State Police. “Drivers traveling in the same direction as a school bus on a four-lane, divided road must stop for a stopped school bus. Drivers travelling in the opposite direction are not required to stop.”

That rule also applies to bus stops on private property. Anyone convicted of passing a stopped school bus can be fined hundreds of dollars and have their license suspended.


Toddler school 



Parents of toddlers who will be considering school in the next few years may want to know about several programs. Although preschool is not mandatory for Delaware youth, there are educational options though daycare, Telamon, Head Start, the IRSD and more.

For information about IRSD pre-kindergarten programs, contact Audrey Carey at (302) 436-1000 or

Project Village children qualify for that program based on low income, special-education needs or being English language learners. Transitioning Our Toddlers to School (TOTS) serves children with a disability who need special services because of the disability.

Howard T. Ennis Model Peers are traditional students who serve as behavioral and language role models for students with severe and moderate intellectual disabilities or autism.

The IRSD has preschool screening, called Childfind, which is offered year-round, although many parents do it in spring.

“Once screening is conducted, we review results and have a discussion with parents to determine if preschool slots are available. Although we wish to be able to serve all children, preschool is not a mandatory program and we are only able to offer programs to students meeting specific criteria,” said Audrey Carey, IRSD supervisor of early learning.

“After we determine roughly how many students meet the criteria, we are able to make the selection of HTE model peers and tuition-based pre-K. Typically, this is done in late June and August, after determining how many seats are available.”

The IRSD has only recently started a tuition-based pre-kindergarten program for children turning age 3 or 4 as of Aug. 31 each year. Applications are due by mid-August of that year.

Details are online at

Kindergarteners should be registered by Sept. 30, so that the IRSD can receive accurate funding from the State. Students must be 4 or older by Aug. 31. Registration is available at any time for the following school year, but there are school-choice deadlines posted. The IRSD encourages all parents to schedule a kindergarten screening April 1-5 if they have not already done so. Contact the child’s home school for more details.

By Laura Walter
Staff Reporter