October 26, 2020
This is unquestionably one of the most challenging school years in DoDEA’s history, and I have been inspired by the lengths our schools and communities have gone to ensure the health and safety of our students, their families, and our employees. I truly cannot thank all of you enough for your extraordinary efforts during these unprecedented times.
As we approach the winter recess period, I hope each of you will be able to relax and enjoy the holidays. I also want to remind you that it is critical that we continue to observe the established health and safety guidelines. At the beginning of the school year, we all signed a ‘DoDEA COVID-19 Pre-Screening Protocol and Acknowledgement’ form. The Pre-Screening Protocol states that anyone "who has travelled to or arrived from an area where the local, territorial or state health department is reporting large numbers of COVID-19 cases must follow local installation Restriction of Movement (ROM) requirements". Our signature is our assurance to one another that we will remain vigilant in following these protocols designed to keep us all safe.
Before planning any travel, it is incumbent on each of us to reference our local and installation public health guidance. Each command/installation provides current Host Nation and military travel restrictions and up-to-date information regarding locations with high rates of the COVID-19 infections, referred to as “Red Zones”. Please be aware of these high-risk areas and avoid traveling to these locations, especially if a quarantine will be required upon your return home.
Should you decide to travel to a location that does have a ROM requirement in place, please take that requirement into consideration when coordinating the dates of your travel to ensure your children are ready to return to school at the end of the winter recess period.
Keeping our schools and communities safe is a collective responsibility, and it is critical that we adhere to the health/travel restrictions and policies set in place by local military commanders and public health officials.
Thank you again for your extraordinary efforts to keep our schools safe during this uniquely challenging time. I wish you all a happy, healthy and stay safe holiday season!
Dr. Dell McMullen