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Dear Student and Parent/Guardians,

And just like that, the first half of the school year has come and gone.  We'd like to wish all of our DACC students and families happy holidays. We appreciate that you made the choice to become part of our DACC family. Please read below for upcoming events and exciting things happening in our district.
 
As the first semester comes to a close, please don't hesitate to contact us with questions at  (740) 548-0708.

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Upcoming Events
December 23, 2019-January 6, 2020
Winter Break

Zoo School Open House
January 15, 2020  |  6-8pm
Conservation Education Building  |   Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

January 17, 2020
Application Priority Deadline

January 20, 2020
Martin Luther King Day - No High School Classes/Building Closed

February 1, 2020
Equine Science Open House  | 10am-2pm
Equine Classroom  |  Delaware County Fairgrounds

February 6, 2020
Parent Teacher Conferences

February 25, 2020
ACT testing at DACC

March 21, 2020
DACC Prom

Doe v. Ohio Department of Education Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement
The Ohio Department of Education has requested that all Ohio school districts provide the information below to parents of students with learning disabilities and students who qualify for Section 504 Plan Services.  DACC is not part of the referenced lawsuit and remains in compliance with all federal and state Special Education requirements. As parents, you have the right to know about this settlement and the right to comment on the proposed Settlement Agreement and to attend the hearing.  Please click here to read more about this proposed class action settlement.
Olentangy Orange Yearbook Group Photo Day
Olentangy Orange High School's yearbook group photo day for all of the building's clubs is scheduled for Friday, January 10, 2020. This is the only time that club photos are taken for the 2019-2020 yearbook. Download the schedule here.

Friday, January 10, is also seniors' last opportunity to get their free senior yearbook portrait taken during all lunch periods. A photographer will be set up in the commons during lunch periods. Students don't need to make appointment but need to dress professionally and wait in line to get their photos.
State-Funded ACT Testing
State law requires districts to administer the state-funded ACT to all juniors in the spring of the school year. Delaware Area Career Center will be testing all full day juniors on February 25, 2020 free of charge. The state administration of the ACT will include the primary subject areas in reading, English, mathematics and science. The state testing of the ACT will not include the optional writing test. DACC will be providing test preparation sessions to all full day juniors in January and February. 

For more information about the ACT, click here. To take the practice test, click here.
DACC Prom - Save the Date!
March 21, 2020, 8pm - 11pm
The Medallion Club, 5000 Club Drive, Westerville
Mark your calendars! Planning is currently underway for this year's prom. Look for more announcements to come soon!
School Closings and Delays
School delays and closings can sometimes be confusing and we want to make sure you know exactly what to do. We have posted an  FAQ page on our web site  where we answer these questions about what to expect and what's expected of our students.

Please remember that you will not be contacted by our associate districts for DACC delays and closings. You will only receive information directly from DACC through the Honeywell Instant Alert System, on social media, and through the news.

Additional questions or special circumstances can be directed to PJ Taylor at (740) 203-2268.
Attendance Phone Number
Parents of students who are going to be absent are to call the Attendance Office before 9:00am the morning of the absence or provide a written note excusing the absence upon return. Please call (740) 203-2268 to reach our automated attendance line or email Attendance@DelawareAreaCC.org.
Cold and Flu Information
Cold and flu season is here and the holidays is a time we are in close proximity to a lot of family and friends who may be sick. 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.

PaySchools and Online Fee/Lunch Payment
Payschools is a web portal parents can use to pay fees and deposit funds into their student's lunch account. 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.
Adult Education at DACC
Did you know that DACC offers programming for adult learners? We are launching new programs in February and March.  Applications are being accepted for:
  • Cybersecurity for Business 
    This 2-day (16-hour) course will provide an overview of the current threats facing businesses today and cover strategies for securing your business IT operations. Class will be held on February 20 and 21, 2020. Registration is $159. 
  • Cybersecurity for Home and Family 
    This 1-day (6-hour) course will take a detailed look at cybercrime and outline techniques for securing our home networks and using the internet safely. We will cover strategies to keep children safe online as well as danger signs that parents should be alert for. We will discuss how to recognize and protect against online scams. Class will be held on March 14, 2020. Registration is $79.
For more information about any of these courses or to register,  click here or call (740) 201-DACC.
We're Seeking Your Input
In addition to offering high school programs, DACC also runs adult education courses in the evenings and on the weekends. Whether or not you've ever taken continuing education courses or changed careers, we want to hear how you think DACC Adult Education can best serve our community. Please consider filling out this 5-minute survey.
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.

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