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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

April 21, 2020

DECA Families,

Governor DeWine announced yesterday, April 20, 2020, that all schools in Ohio will continue to operate remotely for the remainder of the academic year. This means that DECA will continue our remote learning program until school lets out on May 29, 2020. We know that this shift in how we are teaching has been a learning curve for everyone, and we are incredibly grateful for your commitment to your child's education and your support for our efforts to continue to push them forward.

Springtime is a special time at DECA because it allows us to celebrate so much of the hard work our students have done throughout the course of the year. We are deeply saddened that we will not be able to meet in our normal way to celebrate as we have in the past. We are, however, currently discussing ways to ensure that we find ways to recognize our students--especially our graduating seniors in the class of 2020--over the course of the rest of the school year. Please be patient with us as we continue to look for the best ways to show our support and appreciation to our students in this challenging time.

As always if you are having issues accessing your child's assignments, experiencing an issue with a chromebook, or if you don't have adequate internet access, please notify us at help@daytonearlycollege.org or call or text us at 937-985-DECA.

Dave Taylor
Deputy Superintendent

April 14, 2020

DECA Families,

Thank you for all you are doing to ensure that your child is succeeding with remote learning! As we work our way through this new learning experience, we are taking time to reflect on the experience of our students and teachers and will, when appropriate, make changes to the design of our program. One of the pieces of feedback we heard from the first week is that the workload was too much for students and teachers to manage. We aim to address this issue by reserving Fridays for review and extension as opposed to offering new content to students. In other words, DECA teachers will deliver new lessons with new content Monday through Thursday and will offer review and/or ways to extend learning on Fridays. You can expect to hear more about this change directly from your child's teacher(s), but we aim for Fridays to be a day for your child to engage in review of key concepts, taking time to practice in challenging areas, and/or pursue interests beyond what has already been taught.

To be clear, this does not mean that Fridays are a "free day," instead we hope that Fridays are a day to help students gain a deeper understanding of the concepts they have worked so hard to understand during the rest of the week.

Remember if you are having issues connecting with your teacher or are having challenges with technology, you can email us at help@daytonearlycollege.org or call (or text) us at (937) 985-DECA. 

Thank you for your ongoing patience with us as we continue to work to determine the best ways to support your child's remote learning experience.

Stay safe,

Dave Taylor
Deputy Superintendent

 

April 7, 2020

DECA Families,

Today marks the official launch of remote learning at DECA! While these are difficult times for all of us, we are excited to offer a learning experience that we believe will engage and challenge our young scholars every day until we return to school. 

As your child engages with his or her teacher this week, please be mindful of the resources available to you and your family to help make this process as smooth as possible. Each campus has made resources available to families on https://www.daytonearlycollege.org/covid-19. Please check it out often as we'll use our website as a central location for updates and to provide resources. We have also shared a series of brief videos providing parents and students with some guidance about how to manage the world of remote learning effectively. They are available at https://www.daytonearlycollege.org/covid-19/helpful-resources/distance-learning. If you encounter issues please don't hesitate to contact us at help@daytonearlycollege.org or (937) 985-DECA. We'll work to get you the help you need as soon as possible. 

Please do everything you can to keep your child reading! Academically there is little we can do that is more important than fostering a passion for reading and writing in our children. We will be working to get books into our students' hands over the next month, but we encourage you to take advantage of the digital resources available to you on Audible.com and at the DaytonMetroLibrary.org websites. Tons of excellent books are available for free and can be accessed by any device with an internet connection.

Thanks for all you are doing to keep your family safe and to keep them engaged in learning. 

Stay safe,

Dave Taylor
Deputy Superintendent 

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