Every summer, DoDEA Pacific schools release a school supply list for the upcoming school year. Due to the impact of COVID-19, this year our lists look a bit different.
DoDEA District, Region, and Headquarters staff are working diligently alongside our military partners to determine how our schools will operate in this “new normal” environment. While location-specific, conditions-based plans are still being finalized, we know that mitigation measures will be necessary to ensure the health and safety of our students and employees.
In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, students next school year will not use shared classroom supplies. We ask that all student supplies be labeled with the student’s name so that we can ensure each child’s items are kept separate. These school supply lists serve as general lists for each grade level across all schools in our region. Your child’s teacher may request class-specific supplies in addition to those listed. Your child may also not end up using every item so we encourage parents to keep receipts.
Please understand that the optional supplies listed, including hand sanitizer and wipes, are not mandatory. Our schools will be equipped with the resources necessary to effectively mitigate the spread of COVID-19 upon resuming classroom instruction. In addition, students will be wearing masks throughout the school day when social distancing cannot be maintained. We ask that families ensure their child has a mask to wear on the first day of school. We will also provide each student with two washable masks once they get to school for their use throughout the year. All masks brought from home need to be in compliance with existing school dress codes and must not have any inappropriate language or graphics printed on them.
If you have any concerns regarding these supplies, please reach out to your child’s school. We look forward to supporting your family as we begin the school year.
We appreciate your partnership and understanding as we navigate this “new normal” together. Have a wonderful summer, we will see you in the fall!