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Commandant’s Corner - April 28th, 2020
Greetings Seahawk Nation! We wanted to provide you with an update on the state of affairs at DMA and what is happening in regard to planning and preparing for the student body and staff. First and foremost, the safety and welfare of our DMA families is our principle concern.  With that in mind, we are working on addressing many situations and scenarios we could be faced with in the coming months.  Clearly, we cannot predict the outcome of the pandemic, but we can be as prepared as possible. Our main objective at this point is our senior class, but we will address several topics throughout this correspondence.  I promise you there is some good news in the letter . We had rescheduled the senior prom to be held at DMA on May 21st, but with the latest news out of the Governor’s office, that no longer is an option and Prom is now changed from postponed to cancelled.     Graduation is still scheduled for June 5th, but our original venue of the Chase Center will not be permissible, so we are exploring alternative commencement ideas.  We will make a final decision on commencement by the end of next week. Class of 2024: You are scheduled to attend Cadet Orientation the week of July 13th through July 17th.  Our path forward will be contingent upon what directive is passed.  Orientation week may be scaled back drastically and plans to issue uniforms may be the only thing we can schedule.  New Cadet Orientation night which was scheduled for the evening of July 14th may now happen virtually.  Again, depending on where the State of Delaware is in regard to easing restrictions will help us with what plan we initiate. Fall athletes, fall sports are scheduled to begin August 17th.  Again, we are monitoring the situation, communicating with DIAA and waiting to see what parameters (if any), will be initiated. More to follow. Picking up of personal belongings that still may be at DMA will be scheduled for Tuesday, May 5th from 9:00am to 12:00pm.  We will remove all locks and have all gear staged in the Drill Hall.  One cadet will be permitted in at a time to gather their belongings and so on and so forth, until all property is claimed. Please make arrangements. We will coordinate a text book pick up system at the end of the academic school year.  Buses will be sent out to regular bus stops, which you can find on the DMA website.  The same will be done for senior uniforms.  More details to follow as the year comes to an end. Okay, here is the good news! Prior to Covid-19, DMA had been working to create a one to one computing initiative.  Needless to say, it was quite a large undertaking that required increasing our band width, upgrading our server capacity, managing the financial implications, determining the online platform (there will only be one), as to how the technology will be disseminated, as well as training for our Staff to effectively utilize one to one to its optimal effectiveness.  In short, DMA completed our due diligence, applied for several grants, negotiated a deal with a computer company and are happy to announce we will initiate a one to one computer initiative for the start of the 2020-21 school year.  Each cadet will receive a G-8, 32GB Chromebook to further advance their skillset and our technology at DMA.  Policy and regulations around the Chromebooks will be sent out prior to every family, as well as instruction on how we will distribute the computers.  The Chromebooks will be a major boost to technology centered around DMA and as we all know, now, more than ever, we have a critical need for online and distance learning.  The implementation of one to one computing is something we have been working on for the past three years and we are excited for the new wave of technology being brought to DMA!  In the coming weeks, we will be providing more detailed plans to many of the unknowns and circumstances centered around each situation and be able to provide clarity, as well as a clear path on how we intend to move forward.  In the interim, we will continue to troubleshoot and plan to the best of our ability to face the challenges of these most uncertain times.  On behalf of the DMA Administration and Faculty, I would like to say thank you for your kind words of support and encouragement.  I know how much it means to our Staff and Administrative team to know their efforts have not gone unnoticed.  I also want to thank our cadets for adjusting so quickly to distance learning and doing your best to assimilate to the necessary changes.  Lastly, seniors we know how much this has affected you and how your senior year was cut short so unexpectedly.  I mean, we knew you all wanted to be done, but you weren’t ready to be done, done lol… Don’t worry, we will figure out a way to make your graduation memorable and as significant as the classes who have come before you!  Stay healthy, stay strong and stay positive!  This will pass and what we knew as normal will once again be the way we live our lives. Kind regards, Anthony Pullella Commandant
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