April 3, 2020
Yesterday afternoon Dr. McCormick, State Superintendent of Public Education, at Governor Holcomb’s press conference, announced that Indiana schools will continue Distance Learning for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.
This is a very tough blow on many different fronts. From a school district perspective, first and foremost…we miss our students. We also understand that this pandemic is a much bigger global issue. As we work through this challenging time together, DSC messaging will attempt to ‘walk a fine line’ between providing relevant information and not being ‘tone deaf’ to the larger societal issues at hand. We understand families are not only dealing with health implications from the pandemic, but also stay-at-home orders and uncertainty over the impact on the economy.
While we did not sign-up for this, we are compelled to do the best we can for our students. To that end, DSC will continue providing instruction to students through April and May. Calendar specifics will be released the week of April 6. We are not yet prepared to address summer school, but are working to develop different delivery options for students. DSC Child Nutrition Department is currently distributing 300-400 ‘Grab N Go’ lunches per day. We will continue to provide lunches for students in need through the remainder of the school year.
During this difficult time, we worry about all students having access to curricular materials and online instruction. If any families are struggling in this area, please contact your teacher or principal and we will work together to come-up with solutions. We also realize this is a very difficult time for our seniors. We will work to resolve questions about graduation requirements, IB, AP, dual credit and CTE classes required for credit. High School administrators, counselors and teachers are working on behalf of our seniors. Special events like prom and graduation are once-in-a-lifetime experiences, meant to be special and memorable. We will do whatever we can to preserve those moments. While we are not currently able to provide specifics, we will follow guidance from federal, state and local authorities on appropriate social distancing measures while being responsive to student, parent and community wishes.
Thank you to DSC teachers and staff for doing an amazing job! I have been inspired by their flexibility, creativity and commitment to students. Teachers will continue to focus on the most essential standards and skill development for students. Providing a quality learning experience for all DSC students for the remainder of the school year will be our top priority.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.
Dr. Chip Pettit
Superintendent of Schools