School Closure Update

Dear DMS Families,

We hope this email finds you well.  We acknowledge that these are unique times facing us and the faculty and staff at DMS continue to engage in precautionary measures to keep our community safe as well as abide by all state and federal educational mandates.
By way of immediate update, Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman announced this afternoon that the mandated school closures have been extended until April 10, 2020.
Our leadership team is continuing to work closely with faculty and staff on developing a remote learning plan during the mandatory school closure.  Although further information is forthcoming, we wanted to give you a brief update so that you know what to expect.
Beginning this week, March 16-20, Early Childhood and Grades faculty are providing their classes with enrichment activities and learning resources for students to utilize while they are at home. To be clear, the resources provided this week are not required for your student to complete and do not have any impact on your student’s academic performance.
Beginning on March 30, 2020, DMS will provide its students (K-12) with a Remote Learning Plan for the duration of the mandatory school closure as required by the state.  The goals of the DMS Remote Learning Plan is to deliver the content and skills required by the state while preserving the Waldorf curriculum.  Each realm’s plans (Early Childhood, Lower Grades (1-6), Middle School (7-8) and High School) will differ as to the platforms and methods used for instruction.  Those details will be provided in the Remote Learning Plan that will be shared with families no later than Friday, March 27, 2020.
If you have questions, please reach out to administration and/or your teachers via email.  Please refer to the school directory in ParentSquare for contact information for our faculty, staff or administration. https://www.parentsquare.com/schools/2245/users 
Never was it truer than now that it takes a village . . . we are in this together for the well-being of the children. Let’s be patient, respectful, and kind with each other during this process and commit to doing the best we can!

Kindly,
Desert Marigold School