DECA’s Return to School Plan for Second Quarter
Read more details on our Frequently Asked Questions page
We recognize there is no completely safe way to reopen schools; however, based on the feedback of hundreds of DECA parents and observing the health guidelines from the CDC, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), and Public Health Dayton, we have decided to return to school via a phased in return process offering two days of in-person instruction for students during the second quarter. This hybrid approach will allow us to maintain the six foot social distancing guidelines widely established as best practice within our schools.
Families who remain uncomfortable returning to school can opt to select a remote learning only option.
- Hybrid Learning: This is the default for students, and it combines two days of in-person instruction at school with three days of online instruction at home each week. Chromebooks will be provided by DECA for all students who select the Hybrid Learning Option and are in need of a device.
- Remote Learning Option:Families selecting the remote learning option for their children are choosing to remain remote for the duration of the second quarter. Remote learners will engage in at-home learning through instruction by DECA teachers. Chromebooks will be provided by DECA for all remote students in need of a device.
Beginning November 2nd, all three buildings will begin a phase-in process, allowing us to safely bring our buildings to 50% capacity with the hybrid models. While the first day of in-person learning will not be the same for every student, every student will continue to have access to their teachers, content, and classwork through remote learning in the interim. Families will be notified two weeks before students are set to return to in-person learning for those who have selected the hybrid option. Remote Learning Option
*The Confirmation Date is the date DECA staff will confirm to families of children that they are on track to begin hybrid instruction.
We are asking all families to make their selection by completing this form. The deadline for opting into remote learning is Wednesday, October 14, 2020.
Read more about our second quarter return plan in our Frequently Asked Questions page.
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.