July 2, 2020
Daleville Community Schools Parents
As you know COVID-19 guidance and plans for schools are changing frequently. As of today, we plan to open schools for students on our regularly scheduled start date of August 5, 2020. Our goal is to provide as much face-to-face instruction as possible with safety in mind, 5 days per week. Our Daleville Community School administration team is working on putting specific procedures in place for all face-to-face instruction and attendance. Additionally, we will evaluate feedback to enhance our virtual learning experience from this Spring.
It is also our plan to offer an eLearning option for those who are not quite ready for face-to-face instruction. We understand that your goal, as parents, is to provide your child with the best education in the least disruptive method. That is why our plan for those choosing eLearning at the beginning or at any time needed throughout the year will keep pace with those students who remain in the face-to-face setting. Our goal at Daleville Community Schools is for students who need the eLearning option, to be able to transition seamlessly from eLearning to the classroom or vice-versa seamlessly and without loss of instruction. It is our plan to provide flexibility to parents in making necessary attendance decisions for their students. Please give the school a 48 hour notice before making such a change.
We recognize that as we proceed with the school year and individual health conditions change, or when we receive additional guidance from state and national agencies adjustments will become necessary. In our planning, we will use Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), and Delaware County Health Department guidance regarding social distancing and cleaning as much as is practical in our school setting, We are also planning to begin the school year by making the wearing of face masks optional for all students and employees at school. Food service employees will be required to wear face masks during food preparation and in serving food to students and adults.
We realize that you have many specific questions regarding the safety precautions we’ll be taking and specifically what education in our schools will look like on a daily basis. We currently continue to study guidance and available options and are continuing to make plans with our school teams to offer an excellent education to our students in the manner elected by their parents. We hope to finalize plan details soon and will share a more specific question and answer document with you as soon as possible.
Thank you for your patience as we work to bring students and staff back to a safe and healthy learning environment for all.
Paul Garrison, Superintendent