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Delaware Academy is excited to share that we were awarded funding to help establish one Universal Pre-Kindergarten classroom beginning in Fall 2021. Due to guidelines related to the federal funding source, we will be limited to filling one full-day Pre-K program at Delaware Academy Elementary School.  We are also limited to 18 students.  Therefore, we will be using a lottery system to select interested and qualified students for participation.  Children must be four-years-old on or before December 1, 2021 to be eligible for consideration.  

At this time, we are opening a Pre-Registration process which will place your child's name into the lottery system. Interested families must pre-register by Monday, July 19, 2021 using the form linked HERE.  Names will be randomly selected from those who have pre-registered beginning on July 20 until all spots have been filled.  Following the lottery, families will be contacted by phone as to their status and to complete the formal registration process at that time.  Any remaining names will be placed on a waitlist for later consideration should spots be vacated. Completion of this form does not guarantee a spot in the program. We respectfully ask that you do not contact the district to check on your status.  

Please feel free to forward this email notification to any family residing in our school district boundaries who you think may be interested. We look forward to expanding our educational programming this year to pre-K with the same high-quality education you've come to expect from Delaware Academy.  

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||UPDATED June 8, 2021

Dear Delaware Academy Families,

Thank you for your patience as we have waited since Friday for clarification and updated requirements from NYS regarding the use of masks in schools.  Last night, NYS DOH re-issued its Interim Guidance for In-Person Instruction During the Covid-19 Public Health Emergency. This is the same document that schools have been required to adhere to throughout the pandemic.  Each time it has been updated and released, our district, in turn, has updated its practices and procedures accordingly.

Consistent with this update, beginning immediately, students, staff, and visitors have the option of not wearing a mask while outdoors on school grounds.  This includes all end-of-year activities and athletics that are held outdoors.  Students and staff will continue to wear masks inside the school buildings and on school busses.  I have asked our building principals to ensure ample mask breaks are provided to students indoors as the warm weather has arrived.  Teachers will have the option to move instruction outdoors when it is conducive to do so.

I certainly understand that there is growing sentiment against the requirements to wear a mask in our schools.  While it has been suggested that we engage stakeholders in this decision, this is simply not a local decision to be made.  We must continue to follow officially released guidance from bodies that govern public schools in NYS.

Specifically, updated NYS DOH language states:

"Face Masks: Responsible Parties must maintain protocols and procedures for students, faculty, staff, and other individuals to ensure appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is used to protect against the transmission of the COVID-19 virus when in indoor school facilities. Specifically, appropriate PPE means, at least, an acceptable mask, which is required to be worn by all individuals in all classroom and non-classroom settings, including but not limited to hallways, school offices, restrooms, gyms, auditoriums, etc.  All visitors must wear masks. Masks should have at least two layers of material (e.g. 2- ply). However, Responsible Parties should allow students to remove their mask during  meals. Acceptable masks include but are not limited to cloth-based masks (e.g., homemade sewn, quick cut,), and surgical masks that cover both the mouth and nose. Effective June 7, 2021, face masks are not required to be worn outdoors on school grounds, including during outdoor school sports. However, Responsible Parties may choose to require face masks outdoors on school grounds, subject to the parameters of this guidance. No student, teacher, staff member, or visitor may be prevented from wearing an acceptable face mask voluntarily on school grounds."

        Our District has adapted to numerous changes through this school year for a singular purpose: to return students to school safely.  We have done so successfully, against great odds.  We have had success because of our collective resolve to serve the children of this district, despite many differing opinions.  

I appreciate the overwhelming support this community has provided to all who learn and work in the Delaware Academy Central School District.  We are quickly coming to the end of a tumultuous school year but we are doing so in celebration and with gratitude for the year we have navigated together.

Kelly M. Zimmerman
Superintendent of Schools
Delaware Academy Central School District at Delhi


Public Notice:


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that sealed proposals in triplicate are sought and requested by the Board of Education, Delaware Academy Central School District (hereinafter called "Owner"), for a Capital Improvements Project at the Delaware Academy Central School District Middle High School properties and for a project on District property funded by the Catskill Watershed Corporation.

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Delaware Academy Central School District at Delhi will be a leader in academic excellence, preparing students to excel in a diverse and dynamic society.


Delaware Academy will provide a wide range of academic and extra-curricular opportunities that develop critical thinking and innovation. Our community of learners will foster partnerships within our region and beyond, supporting a wide range of career pathways for our students. Our students will enter society with the ability to embrace change with confidence, altruism, and adaptability.


  • Delaware Academy will engage in data-informed practices, using multiple sources of information to ensure continuous improvement in student performance and outcomes.
  • Delaware Academy will evaluate and provide necessary resources to achieve our mission in an informed and fiscally responsible manner.
  • Delaware Academy will attract, develop, and retain high quality, student-centered faculty, staff, and administrators.
  • Delaware Academy will develop and maintain collaborative relationships with and between our district and the communities it serves.


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