IDMS has regretfully suspended on-site classes through the end of the school year in compliance with Governor Ducey’s orders and the guidance of health authorities. (To be clear, the school has experienced no exposures or infections.)
While the building is closed, IDMS staff is working to support our families by continuing Family Pantry distributions – with changes in operations to comply with quarantine precautions. Going forward, we will be looking for other effective ways to support our grads, students, and their families for as long as the shutdown lasts. We sent a school laptop home to each grad along with a first shipment of school supplies and assignments on Monday, March 30. (The more than 70 backpacks line the front hall in the photo above.) We were also able to assist a number of families who did not have internet to get online. Families will be picking up supplies, books and assignments each week at curbside at the school.
Online classes also began on March 30. More than 80% of our students attended class the first day. It was wonderful for both faculty and students to be back in touch and working together.
We are all having to contend with enormous disruption in our daily lives, but it’s likely to be particularly acute for the community IDMS serves. Any support you are able give during these difficult times would be profoundly appreciated.
Here are a few scenes from these busy days. We are all missing the lovely faces and voices of our kids!