Message to Parents/Guardians of the Class of 2020

To the Parents/Guardians of the DAHS Class of 2020, 


I recently sent a message to your senior child and now wish to take a moment to share a message that is more specifically written for you, the parents/guardians.  I want to begin by letting you know that I am also the parent of a senior, a proud member of the Class of 2020. I want you to know that I, too, have the same apprehension about the next few months as you do; and just as I said to your child, I am truly sorry.  I am sorry that we are all wondering how our children are handling this, I mean really handling this. I am sorry that we are all worrying about how these uncertain times will continue to affect our child’s academic future, their spring sports seasons, musical concerts, and moments like Senior Prom.  I am sorry that many of us are wondering if we will be given that moment of pride we all rightfully deserve as we watch our children walk across the stage at graduation. Most importantly, I am sorry that I do not have the answers to those questions today. 


This all seems so unfair to our children right now, but equally unfair to the parents/guardians of the Class of 2020.  I am optimistic that our kids are resilient, prepared, and have a new chapter to begin and to look forward to once high school ends. But, for parents/guardians, these next few months give us the closure and serve as the milestone we have anxiously waited for over the last 13 years.


As I stated to your children, district leaders and I are doing everything we can to ensure that your children have a memorable senior year as soon as we are able to safely resume our operations as a district and community. We are closely following all of the information and guidelines being given to us from the government and public health officials. It is my hope that if we all do our part to flatten the curve, we will be able to come back together to complete the Class of 2020’s educational journey at DAHS before they leave to begin the next chapter in their lives.


While we are all eager for the return of normalcy, please remember that as your Superintendent, I will do what is in my power to preserve those memorable senior year moments that you and your child have been looking forward to and so rightfully deserve.  


I fully believe in the strength of our children.  They are tenacious, kind, and hard-working. They are all of this and more because of the amazing parents/guardians who stand proudly beside each one of them.  They are all of this because they are, and will always be, the Class of 2020. 




Joshua A. Doll, Ed.D.

Dallastown Area School District
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