March 13, 2020

DECA Families,

Thank you for your patience as we work through these challenging times. Today, Friday, March 13, 2020, was the final day of the third quarter at all three DECA campuses--we will not hold school in person on Monday, March 16. This afternoon each campus will send home a letter providing more detail about how we will support your child during this three week break and the outline of our plan to provide instruction should we be unable to resume face-to-face classes on April 7 as currently planned. Please review this letter and maintain contact with your child’s teacher(s) and/or advisor.

We have created a page on our website dedicated to providing our families and our scholars with the latest information about how we’re supporting each other. Please bookmark and frequently visit daytonearlycollege.org/covid-19. We are working to provide access to meals to DECA families in need and will include information about our efforts as soon as we are able to finalize our plans. We will also post information about available community resources shortly.

Finally we urge you to dedicate space and time every day during this break to work to keep your child intellectually engaged! We can lose so much ground in just three weeks. Please continue to read with your children, to encourage them to read independently, and to spend time utilizing the resources we are making available to them. Let’s all commit to making the most of this time.

Thank you and be safe!

Dave Taylor
Deputy Superintendent

March 12, 2020

DECA Families,

I wanted to take a few moments to update you on how the coronavirus is impacting our schools. Governor DeWine just announced that all schools in Ohio will take a three week spring break beginning March 16, 2020, in order to stop the virus’ spread. All three DECA campuses will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, and classes will resume following our scheduled spring break on April 7. We ask that you do send your children to school tomorrow, Friday, March 12, to ensure that they complete their final assignments for the third quarter, they collect their belongings to take them home, and they receive instructions on how we will conduct remote learning if we are unable to resume face-to-face classes when the spring break ends.

As a district we have been working to develop plans to support your scholar’s academic growth if the spread of the virus is not contained. If we cannot open our doors to students on April 7, we will begin to operate school remotely. Our students in grades K-5 will be provided with “blizzard bags,” paper copies of learning materials that students can complete at home. In grades 6-12, we will utilize Google Classroom to provide continuing instruction to students via their chromebooks or other devices. Additionally, teachers will provide paper copies of all assignments for students who will not have access to the internet at home.

Unfortunately we will need to postpone or cancel several other mass gathering events including the Summer Opportunities Fair and DECA PREP’s Family Dance. We will have additional information about potential rescheduled dates at a later time. We are not yet certain what implications this decision has on state testing, but all previously scheduled spring break camp sessions are now cancelled. We have included a list of the events that will be cancelled or postponed below.

We are concerned, first and foremost, with the health and safety of all of our students, faculty, and staff. Although this change is abrupt and disruptive, we know that it is the best way to slow the spread of the virus.

 

Sincerely,

Dave Taylor

Deputy Superintendent