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November 16th, 2020

Beginning November 23rd, the Delaware Area Career Center will return to Plan C: Academics Remote; Labs Blended through January 8th. We will use the first week of January to reassess and determine how to proceed.

The formal exam schedule has been cancelled. Teachers may choose to assess semester knowledge as part of the second quarter grade. Students will be provided more information from their instructors.
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.
The leadership team at DACC is monitoring data daily, both within our district and in the community, which may impact our delivery plan. Included in these sources are the number of cases we have internally, the general case data from Delaware, Franklin and other surrounding counties where our students reside, and any other data which may affect how we can continue to safely deliver instruction.
You have all been receiving the district notices whenever a positive or presumed-positive case has been identified among a staff or student. The data shows us that the spread is taking place in the community, outside of the school walls. I am proud of our students and staff for following the safety protocols we outlined at the beginning of the year. Everyone’s cooperation and efforts has kept the spread within our walls at 0%. 
While our internal isolation rate remains low, we are feeling the impact of what is happening in our community. Due to the number of staff and students who are under quarantine from exposure and the continued increase in community cases, it is time to reconsider our delivery plan.

As we shared in August, it is extremely difficult to teach career tech through a remote model. We began our year with students only attending lab and returning home to complete their academics remotely. We believe by returning to Plan C, we can protect the integrity of career tech and address the challenges that come with high incidence of quarantine cases.  
You will continue to receive district-wide notifications of positive cases, especially as we head into the holiday weekend next week. Remember that, as of today, these cases have been contracted outside of our walls and 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 from their health department.

Lastly, I would like to take a moment to thank all our families. There are many thoughts and feelings about how education should be delivered right now. As I have spoken and emailed with many of you, one thing is clear – you want what is best for your child and I truly appreciate you for that. As a district, we are making informed decisions and following all the safety protocols implemented in the fall. Thanks to our staff and all of you, we can continue holding our lab programs in the blended model, so that our students can receive critical, hands-on experiences and our students can continue to learn their academics remotely.

We will continue to monitor the data daily, consult with the local health departments, and keep you informed of any changes.

Best Regards,

Mary Beth Freeman
Superintendent
Delaware Area Career Center
740-201-3204
Plan C and what it Means for You
The DACC Return to School Guide outlines all the educational delivery options that have been considered for the 2020/2021 school year, along with all of our cleaning and safety protocols. You can access that document here.

If you are a half day student, your daily schedule with DACC remains the same.

If you are a full day student, your academic classes will move to an online format, in the same way that school began in August. Your academic teachers will be talking to you between now and November 23rd about what to expect.

Students will remain on their Blue/Green schedule for their lab program. Our Blue/Green District Calendar can be found here.

Students in Cosmetology, Fire Service Training, Food Service, and Hospitality will continue to attend school 5 days per week for their lab program.
District Data and FAQ
Whenever a positive or presumed-positive case has been identified among a staff or student, you will receive a notification by email. 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 from their local health department.

Unless you receive a Close Contact notice from DACC or have been contacted by your health department, your child has not come into close contact with a positive or presumed-positive individual.

Our safety and cleaning protocols are outlined in the Return to School Guide that we shared at the beginning of the year.

As we have been receiving questions from families, we have built an FAQ on the COVID section of our web site.

Active cases are listed on our COVID dashboard here.
Mental and 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. 
 
If your child is in the BLUE group, please contact Ms. Hill at 740-203-3521 or Hilll@delawareareacc.org   
 
If your child is in the GREEN group, please contact CJ Soliday at 740-203-2262 or Solidayc@delawareareacc.org

In addition, resources are available 24/7 on our web site for both students and parents during this time of increased anxiety.
The Delaware Area Career Center (DACC) affirms that equal opportunities are offered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, military status, national origin, disability, age and ancestry of person. No person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity conducted under its auspices. This shall extend to employees therein and to admission thereto. Inquiries concerning the application of the policy may be referred to the Superintendent or designated coordinators. This policy shall prevail in all Board Policies concerning school employees and students.