DACC Family FAQ

Updated 1/21/2021

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What is the district doing in response to new strains of COVID-19?
New strains of COVID-19 are transmitted in the same manner as the first strain. Therefore, guidance from health professionals is to maintain the same safety protocols and monitor daily for the same symptoms. DACC will continue to keep the same safety protocols in place to prevent spread of new strains. In addition, we ask families to monitor symptoms daily, stay home if anyone in your family is exhibiting symptoms, and report symptoms or a positive test to the district.

Review the list of symptoms to monitor.
Report symptoms or a positive test result.
Review district safety protocols.

 

What is the latest guidance for schools regarding social distancing, close contacts, and quarantines?
Please note that the standards for schools are not the same as the standards for public places.  Those revisions include:

  • As long as individuals are properly wearing a mask and maintain 3’ of distance, neither person will be considered a contact. The mask must cover the mouth and nose at all times. 
  • When a student is eating lunch and maintains 6’ or more distance, they will not be considered a contact. 
  • After an individual receives the second vaccination, they will not need to quarantine if exposed. However, they will be required to continue wearing their mask and practice social distancing. 
  • For individuals who are flagged as a contact, we will follow the Delaware General Health District guidance which is to continue to the 14-day quarantine process.

 

Why has DACC not moved to 100% remote?
As we shared in August, it is extremely difficult to teach career tech through a remote model.  We began our year with students only attending lab and returning home to complete their academics remotely.  We returned to Plan C on November 23rd (Academics Remote; Labs Hybrid) and we believe this will protect the integrity of career tech and address the challenges that come with high incidence of quarantine cases.

 

Why has DACC not moved to 100% in-person?
While we want nothing more than to have all of our students back on campus every day, we are making decisions with safety at the forefront. Remaining on a hybrid schedule for our lab programs allows for the social distancing and disinfecting of shared tools that is keeping the spread rate within our walls at a minimum. We are carefully watching the data and following the guidance of the local health departments in making these decisions. 

 

How does DACC determine whether to teach remotely or in-person?
The leadership team at DACC is monitoring data daily, both within our district and in the community. Included in these sources are the number of cases we have internally, the general case data from Delaware, Franklin and other surrounding counties where our students reside, and any other data which may affect how we can continue to safely deliver instruction.

While our internal isolation rate remains low, we are feeling the impact of what is happening in our community. Due to the number of staff and students who are under quarantine from exposure and the continued increase in community cases, we moved to Plan C on November 23rd with academic classes shifting to remote learning and labs remaining on the hybrid plan.
 

How is DACC using data to make decisions?
Our ultimate goal is to get students back into the school every day when it can be done safely. The two pieces of data which have the most influence on our decisions are the current COVID numbers in the counties where our students reside and the positive case numbers in our school.

We continue to work directly with the local health departments to monitor what is happening in our communities and our school. The current blended plan allows staff and students to remain socially distant while at school, which contributes to controlling potential spread.  

The multiple plans that DACC has considered and have planned for can be found on our Return to School Guide on our web site.

 

When does DACC leadership decide to quarantine students?
In the majority of situations, the local health department makes the decision to quarantine individuals. District personnel do not make that decision, but are made aware when a student has been quarantined and will follow the health departments guidelines for allowing students to return.

When district personnel determine that it is in the best interest of students and staff, the district will direct individuals or classes to learn remotely for a specified period of time.

 

Why does DACC send a notification every time there is a positive case?
On September 3rd, Lance Himes, Interim Director of the Ohio Department of Health, directed all school districts in Ohio to notify families in their district of a positive case within 24 hours of learning about that case. The Director’s Order can be found here.

 

How many positive cases does the district currently have?
For the most up-to-date count, visit our District Reporting page where we house our dashboard.

 

How is the district handling contact tracing and how will I be notified if my student was a close contact?
The local health departments oversee formal contact tracing and will reach out to you if your child is considered a close contact. DACC does monitor where our students are throughout the school day and with whom they share spaces so that we can report that information to the health department to assist with their contact tracing.

If it has been determined that your child had an exposure with another student who tested positive, the district will email the parents listed on the emergency medical form to notify you that you may be hearing from the health department. If you do not receive that notice from DACC, your child’s name was not submitted to the health department as a possible close contact. 

 

What are the cleaning protocols at DACC?
DACC is following extensive cleaning protocols throughout the day and in the evening that includes sanitizing tools and equipment between classes, maintaining social distancing, wearing masks, and sanitizing classrooms and lab spaces in the evenings. A full list of cleaning protocols can be found on our web site in our Return to School Guide.

 

What is the status of the ventilation system at DACC and how is it preventing the spread of the virus through the air?
DACC’s main campus is a very new building with an up-to-date ventilation system. The building utilizes the MERV-8, which is effective at controlling mold spores, hair spray, dust. Applicable in most commercial buildings, residences, industrial workplaces and paint booths, MERV 8 filters have 90 percent efficiency on particles that are 3 to 10 micrometers in size.

 

 

What are the expectations for my student during remote learning?
Please reference this overview of student expectations and resources available to our families.

Attendance expectations can be accessed here.

 

Will programs that are off-site (such as Equine, Wildlife, & Zoo) follow the same rotational schedule?
Yes - these lab programs will follow the same schedule as the rest of our lab programs. Students will attend on their Blue/Green Rotation days.

 

How do I know if I am in the Blue or Green Rotation?
The Blue/Green rotation is an every-other-day model. Schedules, along with the Blue/Green assignment were sent home to families in the mail. If you are unsure whether you are in the Blue or Green group, please contact your lab instrucctor. The Blue/Green calendar can be found here.

 

How will transportation be handled?
Transportation is provided by our associate districts. Even those districts that are moving to a blended or fully remote model will continue to provide transportation to DACC students. However, every district is handling transportation a little differently. We encourage students who plan to ride the bus to contact their associate district's transportation department to find out exactly what you need to know about catching the bus. Please see the last page of our Return to School document for your transportation department's contact information.

 

When the district is on a blended model, can I choose for my child to attend 100% remotely for their lab program?
Due to the nature of career and technical education, there are experiences and training that we cannot replicate in a remote setting. The blended model that we have created minimizes how often students are in our building and when they are here, minimizes how many people they will come into contact with.

We have been working with our local health department to create a safe environment for our students with social distancing, masks, and strict safety protocols followed. In a blended model, where only half of our students are here at time, our large lab spaces allow our students to keep a safe distance from each other and we are keeping movement around the building at a minimum.

We understand that everything we do and everywhere we go brings with it some measure of risk. However, we feel confident in the safety precautions that we have put into place toward minimizing risk.

 

When the district is on a blended model, can I choose for my child to attend 100% in-person for their lab program?
While we are excited to have students back in the building and understand the need to return to a normal schedule, safety for students and staff is our number one priority.

In creating the blended model for our career tech programs, we took a number of factors into consideration, including the ability to socially distance within each program, sanitizing tools and equipment, providing breakfast and lunch each day, allowing our busses room to keep bus riders appropriately distanced, and how these schedules fit in with our associate districts.

We have been working with our local health department to create a safe environment for our students and staff, and as of right now, the blended model is the best option for our district so that students may continue to receive hands-on learning while also taking appropriate safety precautions.