Important information for the start of the year
August 21st, 2020
Dear DACC Students and Families,

With the start of school right around the corner, we are very excited to meet our new students and welcome those who are returning. Please take a moment to review the below message for important information before the first day.

For a full list of tasks we are asking our families to complete, please reference Principal Gaskill's Welcome Back Message from August 3rd.
Face Coverings
On July 30th, the DACC Board of Education voted on and approved the Use of Face Coverings policy, requiring face coverings to be worn by all students, staff, teachers and other person(s) entering a DACC facility. The expectation is that everyone will uphold this critical policy, respecting the health and safety of our DACC students, staff, and families.
 
Face coverings approved to be worn inside a DACC facility should be cloth/fabric and be properly worn to cover an individual’s nose, mouth, and chin.
 
Additional Face Covering Considerations:
  • Face coverings should fit snug and cover your mouth and nose and chin. Bandanas are not permitted.
  • Face coverings should be a least 2 ply and not have exhalation valves or vents.
  • Neck Gaiters made of stretchy material are not recommended. 2-ply Neck Gaiters will be permitted.
  • Face Shields may not be used as a substitute for a mask. However, face shields may be used in addition to other barriers when it is necessary for student/teacher interaction.
 
 
Note: We will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC, ODH and DGHD. Please understand that guidance provided from these agencies may continue changing to best protect us moving forward. We will monitor and adapt our requirements when recommendations are established by the aforementioned agencies.
 
Face covering breaks may be provided throughout the day as long as students or staff are outside and maintain a distance of 12 feet from others, an equivalent of two barriers.
 
We recognize that there are exceptions to wearing a face covering, particularly for medical reasons or if a facial covering will significantly interfere with the learning process, including, but not limited to the following situations:
  • When interacting with students, such as those with disabilities, where communication could be impacted.
  • When interacting with English-language learners or when teaching a foreign language.
  • In settings where cloth face coverings might present a safety hazard.
  • For individuals who have difficulty wearing a cloth face covering.
 
We have included a face covering medical appeal form on the district website here. If a health appeal is granted, the individual may be required to wear a face shield or other covering in line with the face covering requirement. Students who are exempted from wearing a face mask, will not be exempted from other safety protocols.
Health & Safety Guidelines & DACC Pledge
We are asking for your help in keeping our buildings “COVID-19 Free” by following our district’s guidelines, insisting that your child follow our district’s guidelines, pledging to report your child’s illness, and keeping students at home when necessary.

Please click on this link to fill out the Health and Safety Guidelines and DACC pledge.
Lunches
Breakfast and lunch must be ordered using our DACC Breakfast or DACC Lunch order forms.

You may place orders for the days you are on campus as well as the days you are off campus (these will be referred to as “Take Home” meals and “To Go” meals).

Orders for breakfast must be received by 7:30 a.m. on that day.

Orders for lunch must be received by 8:15 a.m. on that day.

To minimize the contact with others, all meals will be delivered to the lab classrooms based on the orders received for that day (students will not have meals in the commons area this year). We also will not be accepting cash payments and require that students order meals using their 6-digit code from their PaySchools account.

Click here to download a step sheet to add money to an account. If you already have a Payschools account from your home school you will need to create a new account for DACC using a different email address than the home school account. 

Use these forms to place an order for breakfast or lunch and bookmark them for future use:



Technology
Many of our labs are participating in the One-to-One Program. What this means is that a Chromebook or similar technology is required by the instructor. If you are unsure of your lab requirements or lab fees, please visit our website for the most up to date information.

Each program page lists the lab fees for both Level 1 and Level 2 students and will designate whether your lab is participating in the One-to-One Program. The Chromebook fee will be an additional $225 only for the time that you purchase it. If you purchased a Chromebook last year and plan to use it again this year, that fee will not apply.
 
Bringing Your Own Device?
Here’s what you need to know:

Our technology team is available to meet with you during non-school hours to verify that your device will work with our environment. This is not a required meeting, but an option for families who are able and want to have their devices set up ahead of time or during off hours.
To have the cost of the Chromebook removed from your fees, please contact Renita Russell at RussellR@DelawareAreaCC.org or 740-203-2201.
 


Purchasing a DACC Chromebook?
Here’s what you need to know:

Our technology team is available to meet with you during non-school hours to provide you with your Chromebook and configure it for school use. Before scheduling this meeting, please make sure your fees are paid or you have a payment plan established.

If you are unable to meet with our technology team at these times, we will work to ensure BYOD devices are functional and configured by coming directly to your student’s classroom. If you plan to purchase a device from DACC, please ensure your fees are paid or you have a valid payment plan and we will deliver a device to your student directly in their classroom and work with them to configure it.
Service Dog
We will have a service dog at DACC this school year. In order to help prepare for this arrangement, please remind your child that the dog is a working service animal when it is in the building and on the grounds, not a pet. 

Please refrain from interfering with the dog’s work by doing such things as calling the dog’s name, petting it, etc. If your child prefers to be seated in class at a distance from the dog, he or she should notify the teacher, who will make accommodate the request. 

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in helping us make this transition.
Action Items
Principal Gaskill's Welcome Back Message contains a list of actions we are asking families to take before the start of school. Here are few important dates to keep in mind:

Make sure these are complete:
  • Complete Infosnap registration
  • Complete Digital Equity survey
  • Acknowledge Health and Safety Guidelines and DACC Pledge

UPCOMING:
Due August 21st:
  • Review immunization requirements, including meningitis
  • Drivers - apply for a parking pass
  • Set up an account in PaySchools to pay for meals

Due August 24th:
  • Contact us if you do not wish for your son or daughter to use the camera function during class meetings
  • Pay fees

More information about each items and helpful links can be found in the check sheet in Principal Gaskill's Welcome Back Message.
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