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December 7th, 2020

Dear DACC Families,

With COVID cases in Central Ohio continuing to rise, we have been proactive at DACC to follow safety protocols and continuously evaluate our delivery model. Case numbers are increasing in the community and we feel the effects among our staff and students who are quarantined at home. However, we continue to have a safe environment at DACC and are not seeing spread of the disease within our walls.

I know that some of you are wondering why you continue to receive COVID notifications from the district if the spread at DACC remains at 0%. I want to take a moment to clarify exactly what information you are receiving and why.


District Notification
Whenever a positive or presumed-positive case has been identified among a staff or student, you will receive a notification by email. This does not mean that the disease was contracted on our campus. In fact, through working closely with the health departments and tracking each individual case, we know that the spread on our campus is at 0%. The cases we are reporting are contracted in the community and at family gatherings.

Individuals who are symptomatic, awaiting test results, or have received a positive test result, are required to remain at home until they have received written clearance.


Close Contact Notice
If you receive a Close Contact Notice from DACC, that means your child’s name was provided to your local health department as a possible close contact and the health department will determine next steps. To date, no possible close contacts at DACC have contracted COVID-19 on our campus or in our facilities.


District Dashboard
On our web site, we publish the current number of active cases among staff and students. While any number above zero is more than I would like to see, the positivity rate among our staff and students remains lower than the positivity rate within our community. You are able to check this dashboard at any time.


Thank you for your continued cooperation with our safety protocols. The diligence to practice safety protocols as demonstrated by your son or daughter are greatly appreciated by all of us at DACC. The conversations you have at home with your family and the work our staff and students are doing at school to remain safe are the reasons the spread on our campus remains at 0%.

We ask that families continue to minimize your contact with anyone outside of your bubble, wear masks, social distance, and wash hands frequently. These simple steps can minimize the spread.


Best Regards,

Mary Beth Freeman
Superintendent
Delaware Area Career Center
740-201-3204
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:

Why has DACC not moved to 100% remote?
As we shared in August, it is extremely difficult to teach career tech through a remote model. We began our year with students only attending lab and returning home to complete their academics remotely. We returned to Plan C on November 23rd (Academics Remote; Labs Hybrid) and we believe this will protect the integrity of career tech and address the challenges that come with high incidence of quarantine cases.


Why has DACC not moved to 100% in-person?
While we want nothing more than to have all of our students back on campus every day, we are making decisions with safety at the forefront. Remaining on a hybrid schedule for our lab programs allows for the social distancing and disinfecting of shared tools that is keeping the spread rate within our walls at 0%. We are carefully watching the data and following the guidance of the local health departments in making these decisions.


How does DACC determine whether to teach remotely or in-person?
The leadership team at DACC is monitoring data daily, both within our district and in the community. Included in these sources are the number of cases we have internally, the general case data from Delaware, Franklin and other surrounding counties where our students reside, and any other data which may affect how we can continue to safely deliver instruction.

While our internal isolation rate remains low, we are feeling the impact of what is happening in our community. Due to the number of staff and students who are under quarantine from exposure and the continued increase in community cases, we moved to Plan C on November 23rd with academic classes shifting to remote learning and labs remaining on the hybrid plan.


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. 
 
If your child is in the BLUE group, please contact Ms. Hill at 740-203-3521 or Hilll@delawareareacc.org   
 
If your child is in the GREEN group, please contact CJ Soliday at 740-203-2262 or Solidayc@delawareareacc.org
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