Important Return Information

DECA Open Houses

  • DECA High Drive Thru Open House will take place Tuesday, 8/18 and Thursday, 8/20 from 12-6pm 
  • DECA Middle Drive Thru Open House and Chromebook and material pickup will take place during diagnostic testing week.  
    • 5th Grade: Monday, August 17, 2020 from 10AM-2PM
    • 6th Grade: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 from 10AM-2PM
    • 7th Grade: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 from 10AM-2PM
    • 8th Grade: Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 10AM-2PM 
  • DECA PREP Drive Thru Open House
    • Kindergarten:Thursday, August 13th from 7-7:45
    • First and Second Grades: Thursday, August 13th from 6-6:45
    • Third and Fourth Grades: Friday, August 14th 6:00-6:45 

Week of August 17th: DECA PREP families come in during pre-selected time (link) for MAP testing and Supply Pick up below.

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First day of Instruction is Monday, August 24!!!

DECA's plans for returning to school have changed.  Please watch this message from our Superintendent, Dave Taylor, for the latest information. 

CLICK HERE to read answers to Frequently Asked Questions!

Return Plan 2020-2021 Academic Year

July 27, 2020

Dear DECA Families,

This has been and continues to be a challenging summer for DECA and schools across the country. We've been hard at work crafting a plan that we can be confident will ensure our students' successful return to school in the fall. Our priority for the 2020-21 school year has been to keep our entire DECA community safe during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. That priority has not changed and as we move closer to the start of the school year, we have been actively monitoring the status of the virus in Montgomery County. As you know, the spread of COVID-19 continues to rise across the nation, and Montgomery County is experiencing alarmingly high positive test rates, especially within the Black community. 

Last week we reviewed the DECA health and safety plan with our Return-to-School Task Force to address concerns we have received from teachers, staff and parents.  We concluded that even with implementing social distancing on school busses and in classrooms, we are not confident given the continued increasing viral spread that we can keep our DECA family safe.  Simply put, we cannot risk the safety of our DECA students, teachers and staff.

Based on these discussions and our monitoring of local and national trends in COVID-19 cases, we have decided to postpone the start of the academic year to Monday, August 24, and begin our school year virtually in the full-time distance learning model for all students for at least the first quarter.  Remote instruction will be delivered by DECA teachers, not a third-party provider. 

With this proposed change, our teachers and staff will return to school as scheduled on August 5, so that we can devote more time and resources to professional learning to ensure we are well prepared to provide a robust full-time distance learning program with DECA teachers that supports all students. 

We want to emphasize that this decision weighs heavily on all of us and, while this is not the solution we would prefer to be offering to our families, our team believes it is the only sensible option that can protect our students, staff, and families while continuing to provide a quality education.  We recognize that this change will present challenges for many of our families, and we hope that by informing you as soon as we made the decision, you will be able to make necessary adjustments to your plans for the fall. 

We will share an updated Frequently Asked Questions document with you by this Friday, July 31, which will provide more details on the plan for distance learning, including information about Special Education, Social-Emotional and Mental Health, and Technology.  We will also be having another Facebook Live Town Hall scheduled for Tuesday, August 4 at 6:30 pm.  If you do not have access to Facebook, we will email the link for you to join. 

We know that remote learning is not how most children are best suited to learn, but these are extraordinary times we are living in. It remains our greatest hope to have students return to our building as soon as it is safe to do so, and in the meantime we have every intention of providing a rigorous, engaging remote learning education.  Thank you for our continued support as we move forward together during this challenging time. 

Dave Taylor
DECA Superintendent