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Superintendent's Letter - August 10, 2020

Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber and his assistant, Cathy Schmidt

Dear Dock Parents and Students,

Preparations are in full swing for our August 20 start of a new school year! Thanks for your close attention to Dock’s communication with you. Your prompt responses to requests have been helpful in our planning.

Dock’s Health and Safety Plan was reviewed by the Montgomery County Office of Public Health. After this review and some adjustments, the Dock Board has approved a final version of our Health and Safety Plan. This is similar to the previous version you received, but a final copy is included for your information. This plan will also be posted on our website.

Given the unusual nature of this school year, one requirement to attend Dock this year will be to sign an additional waiver. We have worked with legal counsel to prepare a waiver that helps protect our school community, our parents, and our students. Please sign this waiver and return to Cathy Schmidt at cschmidt@dock.org. You may return a hard copy to either campus or sign electronically and email the form. Thanks for your attention to this important detail.

Next week we will provide more details on the screening protocol you will follow each morning before your student leaves for school. This screening is an essential part of our plan to lower the risk for our on-campus students this year. Thanks for helping to keep everyone safe!

If your child requires an exemption to wearing a face covering as per the PA Public Health Guidance for Schools, please contact your principal for details regarding required medical documentation.

We continue to update our FAQ link as we receive your questions and respond to them.

We look forward to seeing students soon! Blessings as you enjoy the last days of summer break.

Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber


"I just want to take a moment to say thank you. It is obvious that Dock has spent time and prepared a plan that takes into account the many different thoughts, opinions, concerns, and frustrations of all families during this pandemic. While it is impossible to please everyone, it is clear the two options you have outlined have the biggest probability of satisfying the majority of your families. Providing two options is so refreshing and I realize this will be much extra work for your staff and teachers…thank you! This will be our oldest child's first year at the school, and we could not be more pleased with our choice of Dock!" 

Dock Elementary Family

"I am confident in the decisions made by the administration, board and pandemic team. There are two options, on-campus learning or remote learning, for Early Childhood through 12th grade. Thank you, Dock administrators, for spending your summer planning for the fall. I know many families from other schools are concerned about the options available to them. Dock has a large facility with a smaller number of students, so safety, academics, and social interactions will not be compromised!"

Dock high school parent