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Update for 2/12/2021

Dear Senator Nation,

Welcome to the second semester of the school year!Senator Update

Capital’s Core Equity Team is looking for others to join in the work of building equity throughout the district, so please consider completing the interest survey included in this update.  National School Counselor Week was last week, and we honor and thank our counselors for the great work they do!

In this update, you’ll learn more about how to get involved.  You’ll also get a glimpse of Dover High School’s first week of in-school hybrid learning. Black History month started last week, and we will be sharing some of the projects that students and teachers are doing to celebrate African American heroes.

In partnership with Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) and Mako Medical, Capital School District is hosting a free Pop-Up COVID-19 Testing event for the Kent County area at Dover High School tomorrow, Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 3 pm until 6 pm.

We are also excited to announce a great app for your phones called “Where's The Bus”.  You can see how far the bus is from your child’s bus stop, so that you have a better idea of exactly when it will arrive! Here is a link to the “Where’s the Bus” flyer.

Lastly, learn more about North Dover’s Library Media Specialist, Angela Darling-Spinelli as we spotlight her in our “Teacher Focus” section.

Please stay healthy, happy and safe as we continue to move forward as a Senator Nation in the months ahead!

Dr. Sylvia M. Henderson

Dr. Sylvia M. Henderson
Interim Superintendent


Participate in the Capital School District Equity Strategic Planning Process- Join the Capital Equity Team to help ensure equitable access to all!  ALL are welcome.

National School Counselor Week - Last week (Feb. 1 through Feb. 5) was School Counselor Week! We appreciate our school counselors, who do amazing work with our students!

Hybrid Update - See Students at Dover High in the first week of the second semester in Hybrid Learning

Black History Month - Watch a video and see photos from Booker T. Washington Elementary, Fairview Elementary,  and Hartly Elementary celebrating African American heroes

Mako Testing Event at DHS - A COVID-19 testing event is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, February 13, 2021 at Dover High School.

Where’stheBus App - Learn where your child’s school bus is along the route to your child’s bus stop to know when it will arrive to pick up your child.

Teacher Focus - Meet Mrs. Angela Darling-Spinneli, Teacher and Library Media Specialist at North Dover Elementary

COVID Reminders - Remember to wear a face mask when visiting a Capital building during the pandemic.

Participate in the Capital School District Equity Strategic Planning Process

At Capital School District, we believe the right to equitable educational opportunity is universal. Achieving equity in education means providing the access, opportunities and supports needed to help students, families and staff reach their full potential. Equity does not mean equal or giving everyone the same thing, but it means giving each person what they need when they need it.

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We are looking for others to join us in this important work. If you are interested in learning and growing with us as we continue to build on the work of the Equity Core Team, please complete this interest survey. If you have questions and would like to discuss equity and our work in Capital, please contact LaWanda Burgoyne at 302-857-4236 or or Dr. Jocelyn Brown at 302-857-4224 or

National School Counselor Week

Last week, February 1st to the 5th, was National School Counselor Week! We are grateful for our school counselors and everything they do for our students!   Enjoy this video of our school counselors as we say thank you to them for all of their hard work. 

Hybrid Learning Update

DHS At School
Dover High School students started the second semester in the classroom!

DHS Classroom
Working hard at Dover High School

DHS students
Dover High students are glad to be back in school!

Black History Month 

This month is Black History month. Staff and students in our schools continue to honor and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other African American leaders in the past and present.

Booker T. Washington Elementary

Recently, students at BTW created projects to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Projects included letters written to support members of our military as well as activities that allowed students to reflect on the teaching and words of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. See the Facebook video here.

Fairview Elementary

This Fairview Elementary student drew a picture of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr!

Student working on artwork

Fairview Elementary student's artwork

Below is more artwork created by Fairview Elementary students!
Drawing of President Barack Obama

Drawing of Kobe Bryant

Hartly Elementary

Third grade students honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr chose an essential worker to write thank you cards for their Day of Service, support and dedication during the pandemic and always. Students chose to thank community members from local fire companies, grocery stores and hospitals.

Day of Service honoring MLK

COVID-19 Testing at Dover High School Tomorrow

Free COVID-19 testing hosted by DEMA, DPH and Mako Medical will be available at Dover High School on Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 3 pm until 6 pm. Pre-registration is required. 
You can be tested for COVID-19 for Free!

Tomorrow, Saturday February 13, 2021 from 3 pm until 6 pm, DEMA and Mako Medical are hosting a Pop-Up COVID testing session at Dover High School, 1 Dover High Drive, Dover, DE  19901. The test is for anyone who wants to be tested. This indoor testing session is a great opportunity for our community to receive testing after the holidays to #KnowTheirStatus. Here is what you need to do to register:
Step 1: Visit
Step 2: Complete the form with as much patient info as possible.
Step 3: Select the testing date (Date of the event - February 13, 2021) you will be attending.
Step 4: Click "Create E-Req"
Step 5: Print out the E-Req form and bring it with you. This will save time during the actual event.

To find other testing locations, visit

“Where’s the Bus” App

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Download the WheresTheBus  app to see how many more miles your bus is from your child’s bus stop! The WheresTheBus  app is a user-friendly school bus tracking system that answers the timeless question of,  “Where’s the bus?” It reduces morning and afternoon stress for parents and guardians rushing to bus stops wondering when the school bus will arrive at their child’s stop. The app uses technology devices that you are familiar with (Apple or Android or any internet capable device). You no longer need to call our Transportation Department because you’ll know precisely where your child’s bus is! Download the app today and save yourself the stress of worrying about where the bus is!

To learn more, click here to print the pdf version of the flyer!

Meet Angela Darling-Spinelli, North Dover Library Media Specialist

Mrs. Angela Darling-Spinneli is a graduate of York College ofNorth Dover Library Specialist Pennsylvania. Her 21 years of teaching have been in the Capital School District.  “After graduating from Dover High, I had a goal of coming back and making Capital my home. I am proud of the education I received as a Senator; the connections I made with the teachers as I grew up helped to foster my love and desire to become a teacher. The teachers here in Capital taught me that I was IMPORTANT, I was CAPABLE of anything I set my mind to, and that learning is FUN and FOREVER!  I wanted the opportunity to create a classroom environment that showcased these values and more.”

Mrs. Darling-Spinneli’s first 20 years as an educator was as a 3rd grade teacher at Booker T. Washington Elementary. This past year, she had the wonderful opportunity to become North Dover’s library media specialist. “I am super excited about this new role which enables me to build a love of books with each student, whether they are a ‘zoomie’ or a ‘roomie’.”  Mrs. Darling-Spinelli wants students to understand that as they crack open a book, another world awaits and a new adventure begins—all as their fingertips steadily turn the pages of a magical book.  “Whether it is through true facts that leads them to new “aha” moments or through fantasy that sweeps them off with the use of the imagination. My students will learn about the beauty of reading.” Whether it is virtual or face to face, she said, the key is to make those connections to build a community of learners who are willing to work together to gain new knowledge and share experiences. “The sheer excitement for learning has not wavered. Although how we approach the learning may look different, the kids are still quite eager to learn!  I look forward to each day that I get to work with the students at North Dover as we explore, discover, and enjoy the love of the library!”

A Reminder for Visitors to a Capital School District building or facility

All visitors are required to wear a mask or face covering that fully covers the nose and mouth at all times. Neck gaiters and bandanas are not acceptable face coverings as they are too thin and testing shows that they do not provide sufficient protection.  Visitors who arrive without a mask may request one at the front desk. 

Wear a Face Mask

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Top Tips for Keeping Our Senator Nation Safe and Healthy  

Capital Nurses urge everyone - if you are not feeling well, stay home and away from others and schedule an appointment with your primary care provider as needed! 

Families should also complete the student health screener each day before sending students to in-person learning. 
Capital School District follows established cleaning protocols against COVID-19. High-touch surfaces (stair rails, doorknobs, push-bars on doors, bathrooms, etc.) are wiped frequently using an EPA-approved cleaning and disinfecting agent from the EPA’s List N as approved for COVID-19 use.

Additional ways to help prevent the spread:COVID poster

  • Don’t go to work/school if you are sick.
  • Clean frequently used surfaces often.
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
  • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated space.
  • Add your phone to the COVID-19 fight – Download the COVID Alert DE app.
  • Answer the call from DPH’s contact tracer – the phone number they call from is 302-446-4262 or your caller ID will say DE PUBLICHEALTH.
  • Get tested for COVID-19 – you can, even with no symptoms.

To find testing locations, visit

For information on Delaware on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit


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Meal Delivery Information
Delaware Department of Education FAQ
What Delawareans Can Do to Stop the Spread
Social and Emotional Wellness Consideration Reopening Plan
Information from the State of Delaware about testing
Information on COVID-19 Vaccine

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