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Commandant’s Corner - November 16, 2020
Seahawk Nation, Happy Monday morning to everyone.  The last day of in-person/remote for our cadets, before the Thanksgiving break is Thursday, November 19th.  In the interest of wanting to be as prepared as possible, we will be asking cadets to take any belongings they have with them, in the event we need to return to 100% remote.  As a reminder, if you do choose to go remote at this time, you must stay remote until the start of the second semester.  Here are some need to knows as we start the week: From the desk of the Dean of Instruction: Dual Enrollment Invoices for Fall Semester:  Dual enrollment invoices for the fall semester have been given to cadets in class or emailed to virtual cadets.  Checks made payable to Delaware Military Academy can be given to Mrs. Tocyloski in her office, Mrs. Taylor in the main office, or mailed to DMA.  If mailing, please use the following information to assist with a timely processing: Attn: Amy Tocyloski 112 Middleboro Road Wilmington, DE 19804 Please contact Mrs. Tocyloski at amy.tocyloski@dma.k12.de.us if you have any questions or need an additional copy of your personalized invoice. From the desk of the SNSI: The annual poinsettia sale fundraiser for NJROTC will be ending this Thursday.  All orders need to be handed in to the Naval Science Instructors or to Commander Easley if your cadet does not have Naval Science this semester.  Inquire with the NSI if you require an order form.  o CDR Easley also has a Band app that we ask you to follow.  The link is:  https://band.us/n/aaa84e1bw5Jf4 From the desk of the school Nurse: If a cadet tests positive for COVID, they will remain in isolation at home until we have clearance from DPH. The clearance comes from a letter the parent will receive after participating in DPH’s phone calls to you regarding your cadet. It is very important to answer and participate in these phone calls and/or text messages. They help with contact tracing and clearing your cadet to return to school and sports. If your cadet is an athlete and they have tested positive for COVID, please contact Mr. Jeanne to find out the policy for returning to sports.  If a cadet is determined to be a ‘close contact’ of a cadet who has tested positive for COVID, you will be receiving an email or phone call from Commandant Pullella or the school nurse stating your cadet will need to quarantine for 14 days. This means they cannot come on to school property or participate in sports until the 14 days are complete. As required by the state, a list of ‘close contacts’ will be given to DPH. They will then be in contact with you to ask questions. They will then send you an email with a letter stating your student is under a 14-day quarantine. This letter gives a potential ‘end of quarantine’ date. Closer to that date, they will most likely be in contact with you again, and then be able to send you a clearance to return letter. Please forward both to the school nurse. If your cadet is an athlete and was under quarantine, please contact Mr. Jeanne to find out the policy on returning to sports after quarantining due to exposure.  From the desk of the Attendance Officer: DMA is no longer doing the attendance question Monday through Thursday.  Cadets will need to be present in class or live on Zoom to take roll call.  The attendance question will still need to be completed on Friday’s for asynchronous classes. Community service opportunity: The Sunday Breakfast Mission has reached out to DMA for assistance in preparing and distributing 1,300 food boxes to families in need this Thanksgiving.  They need strong individuals to load and move boxes of food Monday 11/23 and/or Tuesday 11/24 from 1230-230.  The uniform of the day is DMA/Navy Authorized PT Gear and cadets report to 110 Poplar St. Wilmington DE 19801.   Cadets interested in participating can contact their NSI, Mrs. Harkey or Seth Lawrence. We know and can empathize with all of our families on how difficult and stressful the last nine months have been, and with no real timeline on when things look to return to normal can be even more unsettling.  I came across a quote the other day that in my mind fits the situation we all find ourselves in.   I think that when we know that we actually do live in uncertainty, then we ought to admit it; it is of great value to realize that we do not know the answers to different questions. This attitude of mind - this attitude of uncertainty - is vital to the scientist, and it is this attitude of mind which the student must first acquire~ Richard P. Feynman Kind regards, Anthony Pullella Commandant
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