Message from DoDEA Europe Regional Director

Dear DoDEA Europe Students and Families,

I am writing to you today to provide an update regarding the status of our schools and programs. As of Friday, March 20th, all DoDEA schools across Europe are closed to students until further notice. While our schools are closed, our teachers and administrators are working diligently to provide digital learning plans to ensure continuity of education for our students. These plans differ for each community and school due to varying needs and capabilities…but the goal is the same, to provide “Excellence in Education for Every Student, Every Day, Everywhere”.

Spring Break for DoDEA Europe schools will take place as previously scheduled on each school’s annual calendar. These calendars can be found on the individual school pages at our website (DoDEA.edu). We hope that our students, staff and families alike will be able to use this break as a time to rest and recover during this uniquely challenging time. We also encourage all DoDEA students, staff and families to follow regional guidance regarding travel. Given our current situation, any significant travel could increase the possibility of becoming ill.

Out of an abundance of caution regarding the health and safety of our staff and student/athletes, the decision has been made to cancel the remainder of the 2020 Spring Sports season as well as all extracurricular events through at least the end of April. While I know that these decisions are highly disappointing to our incredibly talented students and athletes, I believe it is the best decision under the circumstances and given the potential health risks.

This is obviously an incredibly challenging, frustrating, and concerning time for all of us. Watching everyone come together, however, has been extremely inspiring to me personally. I could not be more impressed or proud of how our communities have worked together to ensure continuity of education for our students in these trying circumstances. Please know that we continue to work closely with military leaders, the medical professionals, and host nation partners to closely monitor the situation. All decisions regarding school status will be made with the health of our students, staff and community in mind.

For more information please feel free to visit our site regarding DoDEA’s response to COVID 19.

Sincerely,
Dell McMullen
Director, DoDEA-Europe