Welcome to the 2021-22 school year!
There is something truly special about the first day of school. As parents, many of us take pictures of our children to mark the occasion. We want to capture the excitement and promise of a new year – and those first-day jitters, too. We know our children will experience so much growth over the course of a year – physical, academic, emotional. We know they will make new friends, learn new things, develop new skills. Most of all, we know taking the time to pause for that first day of school picture is important for each of these reasons and more. One day when we look back and reflect, that picture will help us remember.
As an educator and parent, I have experienced many first days of school. While many things stay the same, others change. The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly had an impact. Hugs and high-fives have been replaced with elbow bumps. Smiles emanate from eyes while mouths are covered by masks. Many of our mitigation strategies from the 2020-21 school year will be maintained as we return this year. Face masks, daily at-home health pre-screenings, healthy hygiene habits, social distancing and regular cleaning will continue to be practiced within our schools. We will continue to work closely with installation commands and public health officials to ensure our mitigation strategies support a safe and healthy environment for our students.
Thank you for entrusting us as a partner in educating your child. This is an exciting time to be a part of DoDEA, as our organization will celebrate 75 years of excellence in teaching and learning this school year. For 75 years, DoDEA has provided continuity of education during times of conflict, war, natural disaster, and now COVID-19. We continue to educate, engage, and empower military-connected students to succeed in a dynamic world and are proud to serve you and your student while supporting the readiness of our armed forces in the Pacific.
I wish you and your student a wonderful first day – don’t forget to take that picture
Yours in Education,
DoDEA Pacific Region Director