First, let me thank each and every one of you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. Information is changing by the minute and we are working as quickly as we can to make sure you know what is happening with your child's education. Our goals over the next few weeks include:
- Continuing to provide learning through an online platform
- Making sure that our students who depend on free and reduced lunches are fed
- Supporting our students' mental and emotional health while we navigate these changes in their daily routine
- Keeping you informed as new information comes out
I know that this is also a strain on you as parents and we will do everything we can to help you and your children to thrive in this new way of receiving education.
As I shared with you yesterday, on Thursday, March 12th, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that all K-12 students in the state of Ohio will not be attending school for three weeks. According to the Governor, this will begin Tuesday, March 17th and continue through at least Friday, April 3rd, at which time, the situation will be re-assessed.
DACC's regularly scheduled spring break is scheduled for March 30th - April 3rd, which means we will be holding classes remotely from March 17th - March 27th. Here is how that breaks down:
- Monday, March 16th:
All staff and students will be on campus
- Tuesday, March 17th - Friday, March 27th:
Students will stay home and attend classes remotely
- Monday, March 30th - Friday, April 3rd:
DACC Spring Break. There will be no remote classes
Preparing for Remote Learning
Our administrative team began conversations early in the process regarding what factors we need to consider in order to deliver education in an online setting. At this time, we ask that our students be prepared with a computer and internet access at home. They will need to be prepared to log in during the school day and complete their assignments. Information from individual instructors will be provided to their students regarding when instructors will be available online, what the assignments will be, and when they will be due.
Over the last few weeks, we have identified students who do not have access to computers or the Internet at home and DACC has taken steps to provide those necessities to them. In addition, our counseling department is prepared to continue providing social, emotional, and mental health support remotely during this time. If you feel that your child is in need of our counseling services, please contact us at 740-203-2214.
We understand that by the nature of being CTE students, there is a great deal of hands-on learning that cannot take place digitally. Our instructors are taking this opportunity to help our students in all other areas of their education and utilize this change in delivery model to teach flexibility, adaptability, and working remotely.
All student events held on and off our campus will be cancelled through April 10th, at which time we will reassess. In addition, all community events held on our campus will be cancelled through the end of April.
Our facilities and maintenance team are cleaning the building nightly and have added hand sanitizer stations around the building. While our students are working remotely, we will take this time to deep the clean the building room-by-room.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this unique time we are experiencing. At the end of the day, we are all working toward a common goal of keeping our community and loved ones healthy.