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February 12th, 2021

Dear DACC Families,

The weekend of February 6th, all educators in Delaware County had the opportunity to receive the first vaccine at Olentangy Berlin High School. I appreciate the immense effort on the part of the Delaware Public Health District to coordinate the event. It was a smooth process for all who participated. At DACC, 89% of staff opted in to receive the vaccine. 

As time passes and more research is done, health officials provide adjustments to the safety protocol guidelines. Our goal in following the guidance of our health officials is to minimize contacts and curtail the spread for our students and staff. The importance of minimizing the chance of any student or staff becoming a contact is important for multiple reasons, including avoiding the required 14-day quarantine that a contact must follow. 

When we returned to school in August, in order not to be considered a contact, the guidance required at least two barriers. When two people were wearing masks, the guidance also required maintaining 6’ social distancing in order not to be considered a contact.

Your child may have shared with you some changes in our lunchroom procedures. In the fall, during lunch, two students sitting at one table with no masks did not meet the two-barrier standard, therefore, would have been a contact if one of the students contracted COVID. While operating under Plan C, health officials adjusted the identification of contacts during lunch. The newer guidance permits students, at lunch only, to be without masks and at least 6’ apart, and they will not be considered a contact. Wanting to reduce the risk of your child being a contact and a potential 14-day quarantine, we changed the lunchroom protocols to one student at each table that is 5’ in diameter. Additional tables have been set up and students now sit at least 6’ apart.

In addition, I shared safety protocol changes with you in January. As long as students are wearing masks, they can remain 3’ apart without being considered a contact. Whenever possible, we encourage a distance of 6’ between staff and students. However, that is not always possible and therefore, the 3’ of distance becomes allowable. There are always anomalies that the Health District will consider in identifying contacts.

As our health officials learn more, additional adjustments may be necessary. DACC will follow the guidance of our Health District and adjust our practices accordingly. Providing a high quality education while keeping our students and staff safe are at the forefront of our decisions. 

Seeing students back for blended academics has been exciting for all of us. They bring an energy that we all appreciate and missed. Returning to the classroom on a blended schedule is a step in the right direction toward having all students back, five days a week sometime this spring. We will be working in conjunction with the Delaware Public Health District to review the latest CDC Back to School considerations along with other respective data, to determine what this means for DACC and returning to school under Plan A. 

I appreciate all of our students, families, and staff for following our safety protocols and monitoring symptoms before coming to school. Thank you for your flexibility and patience as we navigate the ever-evolving situation. 

As a reminder, if your child exhibits any symptoms as listed on our web site, please keep your son/daughter at home and contact the school via the online form.


Best Regards,

Mary Beth Freeman
Superintendent
Delaware Area Career Center
740-201-3204
Reporting Symptoms or a Positive Case
Please take a moment to review the list of symptoms to monitor for on a daily basis. If you have tested positive for COVID 19 or are being quarantined due to exposure or contact, please fill out this form to inform us as soon as possible. This form will take the place of calling our school nurse, but does not take the place of calling the attendance line to report an absence.
Frequently Asked Questions
We are continuing to add to the FAQ on our web site. Below are some of the most recent questions we have received:
 
What is the latest guidance for schools regarding social distancing, close contacts, and quarantines?
Please note that the standards for schools are not the same as the standards for public places. Those revisions include:
  • As long as individuals are properly wearing a mask and maintain 3’ of distance, neither person will be considered a contact. The mask must cover the mouth and nose at all times. 
  • When a student is eating lunch and maintains 6’ or more distance, they will not be considered a contact. 
  • Fourteen days after an individual receives the second vaccination, they will not need to quarantine if exposed, for at least three months. However, they will be required to continue following all safety protocols including wearing their mask and practice social distancing. 
  • For individuals who are flagged as a contact, we will follow the Delaware Public Health District guidance which is to continue the14-day quarantine process.

What are you doing to keep my child safe?
Our safety and cleaning protocols are outlined in the Return to School Guide that we shared at the beginning of the year. We continue to follow strict adherence to these guidelines, as well as ensuring that staff or students who are symptomatic, exposed, or positive, remain at home.
Mental & Emotional Well-Being
DACC is committed to supporting the whole student. If you notice that your child needs support in dealing with all the changes, has excessive fears and anxiety, or are dealing with depressive feelings, there are services available for them. We are offering telehealth visits on your child’s home learning days or an in-person session can be arranged after or before their DACC school day. 
 
Please contact CJ Soliday at 740-203-2262 or Solidayc@delawareareacc.org
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