At the elementary and middle school levels, staff have found innovative ways to continue to thrive amidst a remote learning environment. DCS K-8 Principal Felicia Jones states that since implementing a daily 15 minute ‘Morning Meetings’ with staff, “We have built a safe, nurturing, and caring environment where we are free to discuss topics of student engagement, share self-care information, express opinions on current events, celebrate birthdays, ask questions, and carve out time for humor.” Through the ‘Morning Meetings,’ DCS staff has been able to build a strong community, both professionally and personally, where teachers are supported and valued.
Despite the overwhelming consequences of the pandemic, DCS staff continues to teach students invaluable life-lessons in how to adapt to outstanding circumstances. “Staff has learned how to use virtual platforms to engage and progress student learning,” said DCS High School Principal Mrs. Pamella Carter. “Family engagement has increased over the past year due to the overwhelming need and desire to support families who are also learning to adapt to new technology.” The need that remote learning presented has allowed staff to promote a deeper understanding, relationship, and connection with the student body. “Throughout this pandemic, here at DCS we are learning how adaptable and resilient educational systems, teachers, students, and families can be.”