Dear Dodd City Family,
We all appreciate everyone's patience and understanding as we move forward with educating our students. As of the writing of this letter, there are 941 school districts in the state of Texas that have closed due to the concern of spreading the virus. This translates into 5.5 million students staying home. We understand that this creates hardships for many families and adds to the burden being placed on them. With these uncertain times, the one constant and solace for many of our students is the school. Since their physical ability to attend school is gone we are all still trying to provide educational services for our greatest gifts.
As a staff, we have come together to develop a means to still engage our students in meaningful ways to continue their academic growth. We have adopted a blended model based on student needs. The majority of students will be able to access resources online while others will be receiving hard copies of what they need to be successful in our classes. There are many resources available to our students. One simple resource is that Dodd City ISD will open up our WiFi for 24-hour access. You will be able to sit in the parking lot and use our "Guest" network using the password dchornets. As a family, we help and support each other. Please reach out to anyone that might need help and we encourage parents to contact their child's teacher for help. Tomorrow, Friday, the school will be open to allow for students to retrieve their Chromebooks, textbooks, workbooks, supplies, and anything else that they have left at school. The time for accessing the building is as follows:
High School Students - 4pm til 5pm PreK-K - 4pm til 4:30pm
Middle School Students - 5pm til 6pm 1st-2nd grades - 4:30pm-5pm
3rd grade - 5pm-5:30pm
4th-5th grades - 5:30pm-6pm
These times are set to help limit interactions with others. Please be mindful of these times. We will work with you if these times do not work and you can only come at a different time. Please be patient with us since we will only allow a limited number of people access.
As of this moment we are postponing school until April 6th. As educators, we are hopeful and optimistic that we can have kids attending school as soon as possible. The sad reality is that no one knows when we will be able to hear our students' laughter and see their smiling faces in our hallways. All planned events, during this time, are being postponed until we can make a determination, on April 3rd, to continue shuttering our school district.
We miss our family and fervently pray that everyone stays healthy. We also pray that our students will be able to take advantage of this opportunity to avail themselves to not only their lessons but to even expand on their lesson by diving deeper into topics that interest them.
Please let us know of your concerns and struggles, we are here to help. For students that are needing breakfast and lunch, no matter who, let us know that as well and we will make those meals available.
Dr. Jon Hill
602 N. Main St.
Dodd City, TX 75438