Dear DACC Families,
At DACC, we have been looking ahead to August since before the previous school year ended and we are excited to have students return, no matter what delivery option is implemented. I know, as families, you have faced many challenges and it is important to know what school will look like in August. As much as we would like to return to a normal school year, we all know that will not happen; however, we are designing a plan that puts student and staff safety, and a high-quality education, as our top priorities.
Because we work with the surrounding school districts, we are often the last to finalize our plans so that we can do our best to align with our partner schools. The Ohio Department of Education has also provided additional guidance to career technical labs, which we are taking into consideration.
As of today, I plan to release our back-to-school guidelines after they are reviewed at the July 30th Board of Education meeting.
The districts we serve, with which we are working in collaboration span both Delaware and Franklin counties. Those districts include:
- Big Walnut
- Buckeye Valley
- Delaware City
What I can tell you right now is that we would like to have students back in the building as much as possible, as long as it can be done safely. We are working with our associate districts, as well as the Delaware General Health District, to develop a model that balances student safety with educational needs. When we do return, safety protocols will be in place that will require:
- Self-monitoring of symptoms and temperature checks, daily, before coming to school
- Wearing masks while on our campus and at any of our satellite locations
- Social distancing
As we prepare for the school year, we are re-assessing our start date. We will let you know after July 30th, if this date changes. Our daily bell schedule remains the same and you can
access the times here
. The school day begins at 7:50am and ends at 2:20pm, which will not change.
These are uncertain times and I understand that we are all looking for clarity. With new data being released daily, it is in our families’ best interest for DACC to finalize and release our return-to-school plans after the July 30
Board of Education meeting so that we can reduce the likelihood of making changes to those plans prior to the start of school. I appreciate your patience as we move forward. Every decision I make keeps student and staff safety, as well as the quality of education we deliver, as our top priorities.
Mary Beth Freeman
Delaware Area Career Center
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