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Superintendent's Letter - August 14, 2020

Dear Dock Parents and Students,

I trust your summer has gone well. We look forward to seeing our students next week in person or virtually! 

We continue to make final arrangements for the beginning of the school year. We realize many of our decisions have needed to be made later than normal. Even this week additional guidance was released from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Department of Health concerning the school opening process. Thanks for your flexibility and patience through this unique situation we are navigating! A few reminders and updates:

  1. Our numbers in Grade 1, Grade 3, and 5-day Kindergarten have been growing over the summer.  As we have been giving more attention to distancing within classrooms, we have decided to add another class for each of these grades. Dock is fortunate to have three empty classrooms that can be used for these additional classes.
  2. Remember each family must sign and return this waiver to Cathy Schmidt at cschmidt@dock.org before your student begins next week. This is required for both on-campus and remote learners. You may return a hard copy to either campus or sign electronically and email the form.  
  3. Click here for a screening protocol that 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. Contact our nurse, Mrs. Brenda Shelly, at bshelly@dock.org if you have any questions regarding the screening protocol.
    1. Visit our FAQ link for updated information.

We look forward to an exciting year as we work together with parents and our community in supporting our students.

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