Superintendent's Letter: August 13, 2021
Dock Parents and Students,
We look forward to having you back on our campus next week! Our faculty and staff have been working hard to prepare for your return. This has been a challenging year and the pandemic continues to influence our community.
We desire to have our students on campus this year. This is important for the mental health of our students. We want to provide a safe and engaging learning environment. We are grateful we were able to have our students on campus most of last year with negligible school virus spread. Our summer camps were successful this summer with no known COVID spread.
There are strong opinions about the pandemic, particularly around the issue of masking. Our Board of Trustees continues to give guidance regarding COVID mitigation protocols. Dock will continue with our plan as outlined in the July 28 Superintendent Update. We ask that each family decide whether your student should wear a mask or not. The wearing of masks will be a family choice for both indoors and outdoors. Dock asks that all our Dock community respect the different decisions individuals will make. We encourage sensitivity to those who make decisions that differ from your choice. Dock will continue to monitor advice from local health officials and the Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH). We will adjust our Covid mitigation protocols as changes are needed. We will keep you updated. Dock will continue to practice the following mitigation measures to help ensure a safe environment on our campuses:
- Dock encourages eligible students and staff to receive vaccinations to help keep our community safe.
- We have beautiful campuses and will use the outdoors as much as possible this fall.
- We will adjust events and gatherings as feasible to provide a safe place for students and parents.
- Our ventilation systems are inspected and functioning well.
- We will continue to follow mitigation practices below:
- Students should stay home when having symptoms.
- Quarantining, isolation, and contact tracing as required by the MCOPH.
- Strategic cleaning of the school, particularly areas of greater traffic.
- As a small school, we will practice physical distancing of students as much as feasible and practical.
- Continue using good hygiene practices we developed last year.
We look forward to a great year. We hope things will be back to normal soon. In the meantime, we feel these practices will help facilitate a great year for your students.
Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber
Read all of the Superintendent's Letters:
"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!"