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Update for 1/22/2021

Dear Senator Nation,

Senator UpdateWe are overjoyed to have our students back in our classrooms

within all of our schools!  While we respect the decision of families who have chosen to continue participating in Remote Learning instead of Hybrid Learning, it brings great joy to our students, teachers and staff to see the smiling eyes of our children as they return to learning in all of our schools.  

In this update, you’ll find a photo slideshow of our returning staff and students. You’ll meet a teacher mentor, Ms. Vanessa Johnson, and her mentee, Tyrah Irving, a second-year teacher, and learn about these William Henry Middle School teachers' unique experiences with the Capital School District’s Teacher Mentorship program.   

We are grateful that January 18th was dedicated to honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s vision for the future and that it was set aside to recognize his immeasurable contributions as a Civil Rights Activist.  This is the only federal holiday that has been designated as a national day of service that encourages all Americans to volunteer to serve others, especially within their communities. We are proud of our students and staff who have been eagerly participating in this Day of Service through a wide range of activities and so many acts of kindness.  We are looking forward to the other service projects that are planned in the coming weeks, as well as the opportunities associated with the upcoming Black History Month.  Please join us in recognizing the importance of these activities and thanking our Senators who show true leadership through their selfless service.

We hope you stay healthy, happy and safe as we continue moving forward with optimism in 2021!


 Dr. Sylvia M. Henderson

Dr. Sylvia M. Henderson
Interim Superintendent



  • Hybrid Learning - Enjoy the photo slideshow of staff and students returning to school
  • Focus on Teacher Mentorship - Meet Teacher Mentor Vanessa Johnson and 2nd year Teacher Tyrah Irving, who is Ms. Johnson’s Mentee, as they share their experiences with us
  • Tips for Keeping Senators Safe and Healthy - Tips for the community to help keep our Senator Nation safe and testing information along with a reminder about procedures regarding Visitors to a Capital School District building or facility

Hybrid Learning - Back in the Classroom

Enjoy this photo slideshow of students back in the classroom!  Music: "Energy" by

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - A Day of Service

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is not only a day that commemorates Dr. King and his countless accomplishments as a Civil Right Leader, but it is the only federal holiday that has been designated as a “Day of Service” to help others and communities. The quote below reflects his great wisdom and his ability to inspire each of us to do something to build a better future for everyone.

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"   
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Capital School District is very proud of our students and staff who have been eagerly participating in this year’s Day of Service through a wide range of different activities and so many acts of kindness.

Dover High School’s Day of Service

As part of their Day of Service to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dover High School donated $500 to Code Purple, an organization that provides shelter and food to the homeless during freezing winter temperatures.  Code Purple’s director Ennio Emmanuel was pleased to receive the money, which will help feed the people Code Purple are currently housing. #CapitalCares

Dover High School donates money to Code Purple
From Left to right: Dr. Voshell, DHS Principal, Code Purple Director Ennio Emmanuel and DHS teacher Anthony Cain

DHS Day of Service
DHS students and staff pick up the grounds and work in the school during Dover High School’s Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

North Dover Elementary’s Day of Service

4th grade North Dover students Javier and Faith with Mrs. Orona put together care packages to support the homeless population in Dover as part of the school's service project for a Day of Service that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and gives back to the community. These care packages include toothpaste, a toothbrush, deodorant, a pack of tissues, a small container of hand sanitizer, and a mask. The items inserted into a plastic bag, and everyone sanitizes between each bag. In the bag, they also included a card made by a North Dover student, a quote card, and something smaller and colorful that students created.

North Dover Day of Service
Javier with Mrs. Orona

North Dover student Javier fills bags of essentials for the homeless
Javier fills a care bag of essentials for the homeless

North Dover student Faith fills care bags
Faith adds items to the care bags. 

North Dover student Faith
Care bags are ready to go!

Towne Point Elementary - Day of Service

The students of Towne Point Elementary held a Day of Service to clean up school grounds. First, second and third graders all worked to pick up trash. They wore rubber gloves while they worked to clean their community.

Towne Point 1st grader1st grader picks up trash
1st graders pick up trash at Towne Point Elementary.

2nd grader's Day of Service
Gloved 2nd graders work hard to clean up school grounds.

The 2nd grade Cleaning Crew
The 2nd grade cleaning crew!

3rd graders don gloves before owrking
3rd graders put on gloves and get ready to head outside to pick up trash in the front of the school.

Remote learning student gave a Day of Service at home
Towne Point remote-learning students give a Day of Service to pick up trash in their neighborhood.

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.

Equality Equity

We are looking for stakeholders 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

Vanessa Johnson, Teacher and Mentor at WHMS

Ms. Vanessa JohnsonAs a teacher in the Capital School District for 20+ years, teacher Vanessa Johnson had the pleasure of mentoring many new teachers, as well as hosting a plethora of student teachers in training from Delaware State University. “Being a mentor teacher allows me to reach out and help fellow educators. Some may think that a mentor is a time to teach a new educator all the tricks of the trade; honestly, there are no tricks. It is a time where you learn from each other with sharing and implementation”.
 At some point in time, teachers were/are the "New" person at a workplace, she said. “I remember my days as a novice teacher all too well. Worrying, confused, late nights, and being overwhelmed is an understatement of how some novice and seasoned educators feel at many points throughout their career. Receiving a warm greeting and knowing that someone will be there to assist you is the calm that many new teachers need and look forward to. It is an honor to be able to give back the same comfort and support I received many years ago to those wanting to give their time and commitment to children.” Ms. Johnson has been mentoring Tyrah Irving, a 2nd year teacher at William Henry Middle School.

Meet Tyrah Irving, 2nd Year Teacher at WHMS 

Ms. Tyrah IrvingWHMS teacher Tyrah Irving was born and raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York. She came to Delaware to attend Delaware State University. “Go Hornets!” she said. “This is my 2nd year teaching 5th grade English and Social Studies at William Henry Middle School.”  

 Ms. Irving said if she is being completely honest, she feels like every day is a learning experience. “My feelings towards virtual learning fluctuates. There have been times where I feel like I am surviving, and just trying to make it through the day. For instance, trying to find different ways to build relationships with my students and parents as well as managing my workload that changes daily with this new form of teaching. Other days, I feel like I am a sponge and just taking in any and everything that is coming my way.”

Having a mentor and other staff in the building volunteering to help, she said, is a great reminder that she is not alone during this crazy time. “I remember I once explained to someone who works in a different field that, in order to be a teacher, you have to be willing to learn… My mentor Vanessa Johnson is patient and always willing to answer any questions that I may have. She reassures me at times when I may not be feeling my best, and she is very supportive. Ms. Johnson has shared different methods that have been working in her virtual classroom and that I've begun to implement in mine as well. This has been a learning experience for everyone, school administration, teachers, students and definitely parents. Meeting with other teachers who are going through the mentor program at other schools have helped me become more vocal, learn new skills and more knowledgeable about making connections. In our meetings, I become one of the students, learning on Zoom. I'm able to be on the other side and have similar virtual learning experiences like my students, from answering a question while still on mute or being placed in a breakout room where no one is speaking. Having a mentor and other people who are going through the same process, with such beautiful ideas and words of encouragement makes the crazy days' worth it.” 

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.

Supplies are provided to each classroom

  • Disinfectant Spray
  • Paper Towels
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Extra Supply of Masks
  • Glove Supply

Custodian Mr. Julius

North Dover Custodian, Mr. Julius, works to keep the school clean and sanitized to protect staff and students

Custodian Mr. Webb
Mr. John Webb, Chief Custodian at South Dover Elementary, cleans the benches in the hallway of the school.
Additional ways to help prevent the spread:

  • 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

Please note most test sites now require a call for an appointment for testing or pre-registration. This has recently been put into effect since our last update.

For information on Delaware on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit If you are 65 and older, you can sign up to be on a waiting list to get the vaccine.


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
No Neck Gaiters
Neck Gaiter

Wear a Face Mask

Guests are required to stand behind the plexiglass shield installed at reception desks.

All visitors will be subject to the following COVID-19 screening questions. Guests who answer “Yes” to one or more of these questions will be prohibited from entering the school and be advised to contact their healthcare provider

  • In the past 14 days, have you been near (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) a person who has a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19, or have you had direct contact with their mucus or saliva?
  • In the last 48 hours, have you had any of the following symptoms?
    • New cough
    • New trouble breathing, shortness of breath or severe wheezing
    • New chills or shaking with chills
    • New muscle aches
    • Sore throat
    • Nausea, Vomiting or diarrhea
    • Fatigue
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • New loss of smell or taste, or a change in taste
In the past 48 hours, have you had a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher?

Approved visitors, including parents and guardians, will only be granted access to identified meeting rooms and offices. No visitors will be allowed in classrooms or at lunches. In all cases, a building administrator will make the final decision as to whether a visitor will be provided access to any part of the facility. Volunteers are not permitted to visit our schools at this time. When possible, we will provide virtual access to mentors, college representatives, guest speakers, etc.

Out in Public Wear a Mask

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