Department of Defense Education Activity

End of Year Message for DoDEA Families

As we reach the end of the school year, I hope that you, your children, and all your loved ones are safe and healthy. These past few months have been a time of disruption and uncertainty. The dangers posed by COVID-19 have understandably generated considerable stress among children and adults alike.

I know that as parents, these past few months of social distancing, digital learning, and change have required remarkable patience, adaptability, perseverance, and courage. As parents, you have always been the first teachers of student. But during the pandemic, you assumed a much great role in helping teachers to deliver instruction by transforming your living rooms in to classrooms and kitchens into cafeterias in your new found occupations. Your efforts represent a strong partnership between home and school that ensured the success we experienced. At DoDEA, we are truly grateful for that effort.

Our students have done a tremendous job adapting to the changes of these past few months: succeeding with digital learning, socializing online, maintaining morale, and proving themselves once again to be the brilliant, resourceful leaders of tomorrow we know them to be. You have our thanks and my admiration for how well you have navigated this time of uncertainty.

As we look ahead to the next school year, we are carefully monitoring each of our localities around the world individually to determine when and how we can safely bring students back to school, and what that will look like. No final decisions have yet been made, but rest assured that the health of our students, families, teachers, and staff is our highest priority.

I will follow up with you with more information as soon as it becomes available. Parents, thank you again. The success and resilience of our students is a testament to your love and hard work.

Tom Brady