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January 21st, 2021

Dear DACC Families,

As we prepare to transition to Plan B on February 1, I want to provide you with some updates and friendly reminders of the steps DACC is taking to keep students and staff safe. In my regular briefings with the area health districts, we have discussed the emergence of new strains of COVID-19. While the strains are new, the means by which the new variants are transmitted and the symptoms remain the same. The safety protocols we have in place to prevent the spread of the original strain are the same recommended protocols to prevent the spread of new strains.

Anyone on our school grounds and in our facility will continue to wear a mask which covers both their mouth and nose. Social distancing will remain in place based on the new guidance of 3’ although we continue to encourage 6’ when possible. Following all the safety protocols as mentioned above, along with washing and sanitizing hands, remains a priority. For additional safety procedures at DACC please review the protocols in our Restart Plan.

As parents, continue to monitor your student’s symptoms daily. If he/she exhibits any symptoms as listed on our website, your son/daughter is to remain at home and you may contact the school via the online form. I encourage you to review the list of symptoms to monitor daily. Recognizing the onset of symptoms and remaining at home is one of the most efficient ways to prevent the spread of any strain of COVID-19.

As I shared with you on January 14th, my goal is to have all of our students back on campus five days a week sometime this spring as long as it can be done safely. I am looking forward to seeing our academic students return on a hybrid schedule beginning February 1st, 2021 and taking this step toward reaching that goal.

Best Regards,

Mary Beth Freeman
Delaware Area Career Center
Reporting Symptoms or a Positive Case
Please take a moment to review the list of symptoms to monitor for on a daily basis. If you have tested positive for COVID 19 or are being quarantined due to exposure or contact, please fill out this form to inform us as soon as possible. This form will take the place of calling our school nurse, but does not take the place of calling the attendance line to report an absence.
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:
What is the latest guidance for schools regarding social distancing, close contacts, and quarantines?
Please note that the standards for schools are not the same as the standards for public places. Those revisions include:
  • As long as individuals are properly wearing a mask and maintain 3’ of distance, neither person will be considered a contact. The mask must cover the mouth and nose at all times. 
  • When a student is eating lunch and maintains 6’ or more distance, they will not be considered a contact. 
  • After an individual receives the second vaccination, they will not need to quarantine if exposed. However, they will be required to continue wearing their mask and practice social distancing. 
  • For individuals who are flagged as a contact, we will follow the Delaware General Health District guidance which is to continue to the 14-day quarantine process.

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. 
Please contact CJ Soliday at 740-203-2262 or
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