Duncanville ISD family,
Today, as we wrap up the school year, we are filled with mixed emotions. While we are grateful that our students, staff, and community embraced an unstoppable mindset and have persevered through another school year impacted by the global pandemic, we must pause to offer our condolences to the Uvalde CISD community. School districts are in the business of teaching and learning. Yesterday’s mass shooting that claimed the lives of students and staff is a stark reminder that we must continue to place safety as one of our highest priorities.
One element of safety is also ensuring our students are comfortable sharing their feelings. In the coming days, students may ask questions or want to talk about the school shooting in Uvalde. I encourage you to listen with an open heart and mind. Here are some helpful tips to navigate a discussion.
When students walk out the school doors today, our support does not stop. We’ll be serving breakfast and lunch to students throughout the summer. We also have summer classes based on credit recovery, enrichment, and advanced academics. Most of our school campuses will be closed during the summer, as teachers and staff get a well-deserved break, but we will have office staff available to provide additional community services and for enrollment clinics.
In Duncanville ISD, we pride ourselves on writing success stories one student at a time, and because of your efforts, we are well on our way! I am hopeful that your summer break is fun, relaxing, and rejuvenating. I look forward to seeing you Monday, August 8 for the first day of classes for the 2022-2023 school year. Until then, be safe and enjoy your summer.
Dr. Marc Smith
Superintendent of Schools