September 24th, 2020
Dear DACC Parents/Guardians,
On August 24th, we welcomed students back to school for the first time since March. Just like you, we were experiencing education in a way that has never been done before. In order to provide the safest environment possible, given the information that we had at the time, we chose to follow the district’s Plan C: Academics Remote and Labs Blended from the Return to School Guide.
I am beyond impressed with our students and staff. Over this last month, they have done an outstanding job of following safety protocols and keeping each other’s well-being at the forefront of everything we do. Thanks in part to everyone’s efforts, the case numbers among DACC staff and students is 1/10 of 1% (less than 0.001).
We have been in contact with the Delaware General Health District who reports that the current COVID-19 data is starting to stabilize and move in the right direction! Today, Delaware County transitioned to red on the public health alert system based on data from Sept. 7 - 14. The Health District reports that current, real-time data does not support this transition to red. The Health District has observed that area schools are doing excellent and that all the children/staff are doing their part in participating in all preventative measures appropriately.
Beginning October 5th, the Delaware Area Career Center will shift to Plan B: Blended for both lab programs and academic classes. Note that students in Cosmetology, Fire Service Training, Food Service, and Hospitality will continue to attend school 5 days per week for their lab program and will attend their academic classes on a blended model.
Our DACC leadership meets regularly with both the Delaware General Health District, Columbus Public Health, Franklin County Health and our associate school districts. The Delaware General Health District visited our campus last week and is impressed with all the safety measures we are taking to provide a safe environment for all. In addition, our associate districts are reporting success in following a hybrid/blended model.
Before school began, each student was assigned either a Blue or Green rotation, which served as a guide for what days they come to campus for their lab program. That Blue/Green assignment remains the same.
For our half-day students, this plan does not change their schedule.
For our full day students, Plan B: Blended, means that the days a student is on campus for their lab program, they will also report to campus for their academic classes. On the days each student is assigned to take their lab program remotely, they will also be taking their academic classes remotely.
Prior to October 5th, our academic team will follow up with full day families to discuss what to expect during both in-person and remote days. You will also receive more information about movement around the building and what lunches will look like.
Transparency is imperative in keeping you informed on building and district-wide COVID-19 cases. We have developed our COVID-19 positive case notification plan, incorporating Ohio Governor DeWine and Interim Director of Health Lance Himes’ September 3, 2020, orders within the plan.
Please see our notification details below:
- The district will receive a daily report of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases within our staff and student population from local health officials.
- The district will provide notification to the parents or guardians of any student who was in a specific classroom or shared space of someone who has been positively diagnosed with COVID. The health department will follow up with individuals who are considered close contacts to alert them to monitor for symptoms and possible quarantine. You will only receive this notification if your child was in a shared space with someone who was diagnosed with COVID. If you do not receive this notification, your child was not in a shared space with a COVID-positive individual. Please note that although your child may have been in a shared space this does not automatically make them a contact.
- The district will provide notification to all parents or guardians of students in the district within 24 hours of becoming aware of a positive case in the district.
The district will maintain a dashboard of active cases on the website and will update daily.
The success of our school year and this plan depends on all of us working together for the health of our DACC students, staff, and families. If anyone in your household develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, they should immediately isolate and call Cynda Brause, DACC Healthcare Professional, at BrauseC@DelawareAreaCC.org or 740-203-2312. Also contact your medical provider. If your local health department calls you to determine close contacts, please answer their questions thoroughly and accurately. Thank you for your cooperation; you are helping to maintain a healthy and safe learning environment for our students and staff.
Mary Beth Freeman
Delaware Area Career Center