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.
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.
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.
Mary Beth Freeman
Delaware Area Career Center