Duchesne extends remote learning

 
Parents, Staff, and Students,
 
The teacher leaders and administration have been working diligently to develop a back to school plan that ensures the safety of our students, families and staff. While many options have been explored, due to rising positivity rates in the Metro area and in consultation with the Douglas County Health Department, by far the safest option is to remain remote 14 days following Thanksgiving. We are thus moving our return to school date to December 10. 
 
We remain firmly committed to spending our final week as a community in full attendance together, though our last Wednesday will be remote.
 
In those final six days of our first semester, we will have end of semester assessments, but there will be no finals as they have been defined and experienced by previous generations of Duchesne students. Assessments will be much smaller in length and depth and, we very much hope, reduce the stress that these tests normally create for our students. 
 
We have been through a very difficult year together. We have lost many of the joys that make being in our school community memorable and temper the daily work with fun. We have all struggled with the stress and anxiety of the unknown and many have struggled with depression from the enforced isolation. In these final weeks of 2020, may we all look with hope to the future and trust that we will not only emerge from this pandemic, but that we will do so with a stronger faith in our own abilities. 
 
In January we will also return to some further tweaks to our bell schedule that was published last June. We will be moving community time to ensure that students can be supervised at all times, especially lunch. Until there is significant easing of the community spread and a vaccine, we will continue to educate remotely on Wednesdays. 
 
God bless you all as you set aside time to give thanks for our many blessings and celebrate the birth of Christ; and God bless all who make decisions to do so while protecting our families and community by keeping our gatherings small, distanced and safe.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Laura Hickman
Duchesne Academy Principal