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Dear Student & Parent/Guardians,

It looks like fall has finally arrived! With warm days coming few and far between, we'd like to remind our students of a few points:
  1. Dress for the weather. Even if you plan on spending most of your day at school inside, remember that the occasional fire drill might require you to stand outside in the cold.
  2. Drive safely. Whether it's fog, wet leaves, or snow, the roads can be slippery and dangerous as the weather changes.
  3. For our bus riders, remember to stand back from the road when waiting for the bus. Now that it's dark in the morning, it can be difficult for drivers to see you.
  4. It never hurts to revisit our school delays & closings procedures.
Please take a moment to read the below information for upcoming events and recent news. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call us at 740-548-0708.

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Upcoming Events
October 19
COTA Day - No Classes

November 16, 19, 20
Sophomore Visit Days

November 21-23
Thanksgiving Break

November 29
Parent Teacher Conferences

Sophomore Visit Days - What You Need to Know
Each year the Delaware Area Career Center has the exciting opportunity to host visits from area 10th grade students. This year the visitations are scheduled for:
  • Friday, November 16th
  • Monday, November 19th
  • Tuesday, November 20th
The exception to these three days will be the following programs which will run as normal:  Project SEARCH, Food Service, Hospitality, Engineering 10, CBI 9 & 10  
* Home school transportation will still run morning, midday and afternoon. 

All staff will be involved in the organizing, presenting and making of engaging learning experiences for the visiting students. Your child will be doing one of three activities on these days:
  • Attend school as a helper (only if asked by their instructor)
  • Job Shadow a professional in their chosen field of study
  • Complete an alternative assignment
If your child has been asked to be a helper, he or she should be bring a permission form home for you to sign and return to DACC. Please note that helpers are expected to be in our buildings for the entirety of the normal school day. Bus transportation will run as normal on these three school days. Helpers are exempt from their career technical program alternative assignments and job shadowing. However, if they attend DACC full day, they will be still required to complete academic assignments. Academic instructors will be offering study sessions in the morning and afternoon on these days for student helpers. 

Anyone participating in a job shadowing experience should fill out the appropriate form and return to DACC no later than November 26, 2018. Lab instructors will be assisting students with job shadowing placements. Students can complete a full day job shadowing experience of six or more hours. This will count as two days of attendance in the lab program as your child is in lab three hours a day. If your child only attends half day, the job shadowing experience can only be during the duration of the lab, unless you are granted permission from your home school to attend the job shadowing experience all day. 

Similarly, alternative assignments are due to your child's instructor no later than November 26, 2018. 

Failure to return the required assignments or proof of job shadowing would mean that the day(s) of school missed will be counted as an unexcused absence(s). 

We are proud of our programs and believe that we offer unique and valuable educational options for area students. We appreciate your support of this important endeavor. Please contact us with questions you may have at 740-363- 1993 (North) and 740-548-0708 (South).
PaySchools & Online Fee/Lunch Payment
PaySchools, a web portal parents can use to pay fees and deposit funds into their student's lunch account, transitioned from PayForIt on May 1, 2018. 
If you are having trouble using PaySchools, please make sure you are going to www.payschoolscentral.com to log in. After double checking you are on the correct site, try re-setting your password by clicking "forgot password" on the login page.

If you'd like to speak to a PaySchools representative, please call 877-393-6628 to have someone assist you.
November Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent teacher conferences will be held on November 29th. We welcome all parents to meet with their child's teacher. Equine Science conferences will be held at North Campus and Zoo School conferences will be held at South Campus.
Please sign up for a conference using the links below:
Hybrid Fridays
Delaware Area Career Center Senior Academics started their Hybrid Fridays on Friday, September 28th. Juniors will start on October 26th.

Academic students that qualify each week for Hybrid Friday will receive a certificate specifying that they have qualified for that week the prior day in their academic classes. In order to qualify, the student must be in good academic standings in all content areas with no missing assignments, no disciplinary infractions, no unexcused absences, and gain teacher approval. Students must also have parent approval which was part of the InfoSnap Registration.

DACC will run a report each week on Wednesday afternoon and award those students that qualify a certificate each Thursday. These students will be responsible for completing the hybrid assignments. Students must still attend their designated labs on Fridays.

Academic students that do not qualify for the week will be given the opportunity for more individualized time with their teachers.
Cold & Flu Information
Cold and flu season will be here before you know it. The basics will help keep you healthy. Wash your hands frequently. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and or sneezing. Getting a good night sleep and eating healthy foods will provide your body with the stamina it needs to get through the day and fight off viruses.

Discuss with your physician whether it is appropriate to get a flu shot. As always seek out your physician if you are not feeling well and symptoms persist.

A healthy school environment requires the cooperation and effort of us all working together. During this time of year we tend to see a higher incidence of strep throat, respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses. The Healthcare Professional Nurse at DACC would like to remind everyone that they can help to protect themselves and their families from many of these airborne illnesses. 

Is it a Cold or the Flu? (From Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can tell if a person has the flu.

Symptoms of Flu versus symptoms of cold
The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems. 

Help us to prevent spreading illness to others in the classrooms, by following the guidelines below.

Guidelines for Keeping Sick Children Home from School
  • Appearance. Unusually tired, pale, irritable, lack of appetite.
  • Fever. The child should remain at home with a fever greater than 100°.
  • The child can return to school after he/she has been fever free for 24 hours (without fever reducing medicine such as Tylenol or Motrin).
  • Diarrhea/Vomiting. A child with diarrhea or vomiting should stay at home and return to school only after being symptom free for 24 hours.
  • Conjunctivitis. Following a diagnosis of conjunctivitis, the child may return to school 24 hours after the first dose of prescribed medication.
  • Rashes. Common infectious diseases with rashes are most contagious in the early stages. A child with a suspicious rash should return to school only after a health care provider has made a diagnosis and authorized the child's return to school.
  • Colds. Consider keeping your child at home if he/she is experiencing discomfort from cold symptoms, such as nasal congestion and cough. A continuous green discharge from the nose may be a sign of infection. Consider having the child seen by your health care provider. 
  • Sore throats that continue beyond 48 hrs, especially when accompanied by a fever or upset stomach should be evaluated by an MD for strep throat.
A sick child cannot learn effectively and is unable to participate in classes in a
meaningful way. Keeping a sick child home prevents the spread of illness in the school  community and allows the child opportunity to rest and recover.
If antibiotic treatment is needed, your child should remain home for the first full 24 hours of medication (e.g., if your child has three doses per day ordered, then three doses must be given before the child returns to school).
Please keep the clinic updated on your contact numbers and any health concerns you may  have regarding your child. We are here to assist in any way we can, and thank you for your  support.

Sincerely,
Cynda Brause, RN
Healthcare Professional
740-203-2212 or brausec@delawareareacc.org
Childcare Openings 
The Early Childhood Education program has openings in their preschool program for children 3-5 years of age. For more information, contact Carol Fuller at 740-203-2232.
Out of the Darkness Walk
Thank you to our HOSA student organization for putting together the Kindness Rocks effort at DACC and taking it to the Out of the Darkness Walk over the weekend at Alum Creek State Park. Through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Out of the Darkness Walks raise awareness and funds that will save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.
Manufacturing Day
Dempsey Middle School CBI students visit Delaware businesses on Manufacturing Day.
The Career Based Intervention classes at Buckeye Valley, Big Walnut, and Dempsey Middle Schools learned about skilled trades during National Manufacturing Day.  Students were exposed  to various careers in their  "own back yard" during their visits to local industries. Thank you to the facilities who hosted: Luvata, Sam Dong, Federal Heath Cheryl's Cookies, Multi-Plastics Inc., Solute! and Showa America. 

Manufacturing Day® is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers and occurs on the first Friday in October. 

Theme of the Month
Each month, DACC staff and students will be celebrating a positive theme in an effort to inspire a positive and collaborative environment.

October's theme is Team Player.

Monthly Themes for the 2018-19 School Year
o Positive Attitude - Sept
o Team Player - Oct
o Strong Communication - Nov
o Work Ethic - Jan
o Consistent Performance - Feb
o Continuous Learner - March
o Support Others - April
*Note: No theme for the month of December
In The News
L ending a h elping hand
Welding students at DACC join forces with the construction program in Butch Bando's Fantasy of Lights.
Find out more about the students' work on The Gazette's web site.
Students, staff excited for consolidation of Delaware Area Career Center
Read about DACC's programs in their new spaces on the
 
Online Resources
Below are resources on the DACC web site that may be helpful to you. If you have questions that these resources do not answer, please don't hesitate to contact us at 740-548-0708.

Upcoming Events  (not listed in official district calendar)
Lunch Menu (and free & reduced lunch information)
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