•      Principal’s Message - January 2022

           As we near the halfway mark of our school year, we continue to be so thankful to be open for in-person learning. Next week we will celebrate our students in band, strings, and chorus at our first in-person music concert since 2020. It certainly feels good to get back to some of these traditional school events.

         Returning to school this January brought with it more changes to our Covid19 protocols. I encourage you to look over the FAQs on the website www.aacps.org/covidprotocols. Most notably is the elimination of contact tracing in the event of a positive case. We are, however, tracking the number of cases in each classroom in order to monitor the spread of Covid19 at DES. Please monitor your child’s health daily and keep them home in the event they exhibit symptoms. For each absence, we ask that you email your child’s teacher and provide the reason for the absence. This has not been required in the past, but it is helpful as we monitor student absences more closely this school year.

         We continue to encourage students to secure their masks over their nose and mouth daily. Please double check your child’s masks, ensuring they do not move while they talk. Some students require spares, so please tuck an extra inside their backpacks each day. We are working to encourage students to remain masked in the cafeteria when socializing, only removing their masks to eat and drink. 

         Our PTO has continued to work hard this school year. I encourage you to look out for their general membership meeting coming up next month. While we ease back into a full opening, they will continue to look for new ideas and volunteers who want to help make this the great place it is for kids. In the meantime, look for their weekly Gator Blast for information on clubs and events.

         Please know, I continue to work on your behalf and am available if you need me. 

      Mrs. Colleen Harris