August 23, 2021

Dear Shortlidge Families,

On behalf of our entire faculty and staff, I would like to welcome you back to school for the 2021-2022 school year. We hope our students have had the opportunity to relax and recharge in preparation for a fresh start. Our building staff is excited to see our students smiling faces on August 30th (see details below). Last year was difficult, BUT we made it through working as a team to support our students. We look forward to continuing this partnership as we enter the new school year. Please take some time to read through all the information listed below and continue to check all our social media platforms for future updates.

Back to School Meet the Teacher (Masks must be worn)

Thursday, Aug. 26th, 4-6pm

100 West 18th Street

Wilmington, DE

Important Dates and Information:

August 26th: Meet Your Teacher 4 pm - 6 pm LOCATION: Shortlidge Academy

August 30th : First Day of School for students Grades 1st & 2nd

Split Start Schedule for Kindergarten Students Only:

If your last name starts with A-L you student will attend school on 8/30 & 8/31

If your last name starts with M-Z you student will attend school on 9/1 & 9/2

All kindergarten students will report to school on Friday 9/3

School is closed Mon 9/6 & 9/7

September 27th : Back to School Open House 6 pm – 8 pm


Talk to your child before he/she leaves for school DAILY and make sure your child knows his/her bus number, day care name or the route for walking home. Please discuss with your child that sitting in the seat on the school bus is expected in order to stay safe. Send your child’s teacher and the office a note with how your child is being dismissed each time it changes.

Walker- Car Riders Dismissal Location

  • Kindergarteners will be on N. West Street outside of the gymnasium

  • First Grade will be by the Back Doors near the playground

  • Second Grade will be by the Cafeteria Doors

School Updates and Alerts

Shortlidge utilizes the School Messenger platform as our parent alert and notification system. If you have changed numbers or are new to the district, please call or email our secretary, Ms. Nayadette Cruz with your new contact information so you can stay up to date on event changes, school closures, or emergency situations that may arise.


Student day: Student arrival at 8:45 am for breakfast and dismissal begins at 3:50 pm.

Lateness to school: Students are considered late to school after 9:05 am.

Closed Campus Policy:

In order to provide a safe school for students, no one is permitted in the building after 3:15 pm daily unless the appointment is prearranged, or a student needs to be retrieved from the nurse. Parents/Guardians/Daycares will not be permitted in the school during dismissal. Please trust that school staff will assist your child in being dismissed as a bus rider, car rider or walker.

Name Tags:

Please have your child wear a name tag the first two weeks of school

For the Name Tag please include the following:

  • child’s transportation information (i.e. walker or bus rider)
  • home address
  • bus number
  • daycare information
  • emergency telephone contact information of the parent(s) or guardians(s)

Emergency Cards: Students will bring home a new emergency card at the beginning of the school year. Please return the card to school the first week of school.

Boys and Girls Club On-Site Child Care: On-site before and after child care is available for parents with this need. Contact 893-9314 for more information.

Shortlidge Academy Website click here

TONS of great information for Shortlidge Families. Be sure to check it often.

Vision / Mission

Our Vision:

To create an environment of academic excellence that will produce lifelong learners.

Our Mission:

To prepare our students for tomorrow’s world by providing effective and innovative instruction in a safe and supportive learning environment.

Core Values:

  • High Expectations for All.

  • Continuous Improvement.

  • Meaningful Collaboration.

  • Building enduring relationships with the community.


Excellence for All students, Every Minute, Every Day.

The Red Clay Consolidated School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, handicap, veteran status, domicile, genetic information, or any legally protected characteristic. Inquiries should be directed to Human Resources at 302-552-3783.