In order to protect the health and safety of our 13,000 students and 1,600 staff, Downingtown Area School District will begin the 2020-21 school year online and will remain online until at least November 5 (the end of the first marking period), when the situation will be re-evaluated.
This will not be the same remote learning that we experienced last spring. The program will be rigorous, there will be required live lessons, and students will follow a schedule similar to their brick-and-mortar schedule. Students will be in classes with the same teacher and classmates that they would see in the physical classroom. Please review the Online Learning Plan for complete details.
We understand the childcare challenges this decision may cause, and are working with A Child's Place (ACP) to offer full-day childcare options to our staff and families. ACP would be permitted to space out in our school buildings, allowing for small class sizes, and a safe, supervised, socially-distant learning environment where students can complete their daily online education. ACP will provide additional details in the coming days.
Our Pupil Services department is creating a plan to support students with specialized needs that will allow some students the opportunity to meet in person in order to provide their individualized services. More specific information will be provided to families in the coming days.
The online learning model is for families who plan to send their child back to the brick-and-mortar environment when it is safe to do so. If you plan to stay in cyber schooling for the year and need the flexibility of an asynchronous environment, the Downingtown Cyber Academy would be a more appropriate option. However, when DASD does decide to reopen the brick-and-mortar schools, if you are uncomfortable sending your child into the building, you will be permitted to enroll in the Cyber Academy at that time. Please review our comparison chart for more details.