Return Plan 2020-2021 Academic Year

July 6, 2020

Dear DECA Community:

Thank you for your patience and support as we work to determine what DECA’s return to school looks like. When tasked with what to do for the 2020-2021 school year, DECA in its commitment to the safety of staff and students and our academic and social-emotional goals, has made what we believe is the best decision. We are committed to making decisions that balance the need to provide meaningful instruction to students with the need to protect the health and safety of our staff, students, and community. 

Our reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year is based on survey results which included input from hundreds of our parents from across all three campuses (survey results available here) as well as the intensive work of the members of the DECA Coronavirus Task Force, who were tasked with evaluating all possible scenarios to reopen schools as safely as possible.

In short, our plan will allow students to return for in-person learning two days a week. We are excited that we will be able to welcome students back into our buildings, but our commitment to ensuring our students’ and staff’s safety requires that we maintain social distancing of at least six feet as often as possible. That means a full return (i.e. five days a week in person) is impractical while we remain in the midst of this pandemic.

For the 2020-2021 school year, DECA students K-12 will be asked choose from the following two learning options: 

  1. Hybrid Learning Option: This option combines two days of in-person instruction at school with three days of online instruction at home.

Group A at school Monday and Tuesday, at home Wednesday through Friday
Group B at home Monday through Wednesday, at school Thursday and Friday

2.  Remote Learning Option: For DECA families who are concerned about their family’s or child’s safety, we will offer a fully-remote learning option for the upcoming year. This option will allow students to engage with an entirely online curriculum with support from DECA teachers. 

Students will need to select an option and will only be permitted to change at the end of the semester (i.e. end of second quarter). We will be releasing a selection form on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, along with several additional details we believe will help you understand what the upcoming year will look like. Families must make their selection by Friday, July 24, 2020

To view the Reset-Restart Guide released by Governor Dewine on July 2, 2020, outlining guidance for Ohio schools to reopen, click here. Our plan is to adhere to all of the recommendations included in the Reset and Restart Education guidelines including the provisions related to wearing masks. More information about our plans for safety are available now on our return webpage--we encourage you to check it often as we will include updates for families there first.

Our plans for the upcoming year are all designed with an ability to quickly pivot to remote learning.  Should circumstances change and require all students and staff to go to a full remote only option for a time, we are prepared to do so. Circumstances that may require us to make this switch include updated guidance from the Montgomery County Public Health, CDC, ODH, ODE or the Governor, or a confirmed case of COVID-19 in one of our buildings.   

Finally we are excited to announce that instruction will begin one day later than previously scheduled on August 13.

Again, we thank you for your continued support of DECA and your child’s education! We have quite a bit of work to do between now and the start of the year, but every day we get more and more anxious to get back to the important work of teaching and learning!

Dave Taylor
Superintendent

Monday Messages

We will be updating you with Monday Messages every other Monday throughout the summer beginning June 15, 2020!

 

May 25, 2020

DECA Families,

Dr. Hennessey, the entire DECA team, and I would like to express our appreciation for your incredible work supporting your child as we learned how to do school entirely remotely. Our parents and our students stepped up in huge ways because this was a challenge for all of us! We are incredibly grateful for your patience as we worked through some issues, and we hope you are pleased with our effort to make this a meaningful and enriching opportunity for your child. 

Across all three campuses, this week marked the final days of new assignments for DECA students. Next week is our final week of school, and as such we want to take some time to hear from you about how the remote learning experience has been for you and provide you with a brief update about a few key events happening over the summer. Please complete the survey by June 6, 2020 to be entered into a raffle for one of 10 $15 doordash gift cards.

Parent Guardian Survey: https://forms.gle/jVBSt57BAjTYsYEw8.  Please take a few minutes to complete the survey to help us learn how to improve this experience should we be required to provide remote learning again next year in some manner. 

Student Survey: https://forms.gle/A6djKQRYcvKK47Hr9. Parents please share this student survey with your children. We know that some of our youngest scholars may need help completing theirs, but it’s important that we hear their perspective.

Chromebook Return: Since the announcement of the school closure a bit over two months ago, over 1,300 chromebooks have gone home with our students. We now have the incredibly important (and difficult) task of ensuring that we’re in good shape for next year. We ask for your help in returning all of the DECA-issued chromebooks you have, so that we can get them inventoried, cleaned, and repaired so that they are ready for use for the upcoming school year. 

Summer Intervention & Enrichment: We are incredibly excited about all of our virtual summer intervention and enrichment programs that begin on June 15! Each campus is rolling out the details of their summer programming so if you’ve missed something, stay tuned. We have something for every DECA student to participate in, and we hope that we can set records for the numbers of pages our students read in June, July, and August! We know that many of our students will need chromebooks to participate in our summer programs, and we plan to make chromebooks available for that purpose. We will have times set up for families who need a chromebook over the summer to come pick one up from us in mid-June after we’ve had enough time to get them ready. 

Finally as we look to the fall, we are currently investigating three possible scenarios for what next year may look like: 1) continued remote learning if schools are not permitted to reopen, 2) all students returning to the building while maintaining social distancing, or 3) a blend of the two that would have some students in school with others remaining at home learning remotely. As we learn more we will continue to keep you informed. Thanks for your continued partnership with us as we work to develop your child into a college graduate.

Sincerely,

Dave Taylor
Deputy Superintendent