Message to the Class of 2020

To the DAHS Class of 2020, 


I want to take a moment to share a message that is written specifically for you.  I want to begin by saying I am sorry. I am sorry that your senior year has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  I am sorry that the last few months of what you have worked toward for 13 years is fleeting before your eyes. I am sorry that you wake up every day wondering if you will get to see your friends in school again, wondering if you will have a spring sports season and/or musical performances, wondering if you will get to celebrate with a Senior Prom, and especially wondering if you will get to experience walking across the stage in front of your family and friends to receive your diploma. Most importantly, I am sorry that I do not have the answers to those questions today. 


This all seems so unfair right now, and it is okay to feel that way.  But no matter how unjust this may be, I have a firm belief that your class will be the students to help us all get through this.  Since you were born, you have been the group to remind our community the true definition of perseverance. You were the first class to be born in a post-9/11 world. You have watched countless, senseless school shootings and come to school the next day.  Throughout your lifetime you have lived through the unimaginable, and yet you are the group who has led the way to healing. While it is hard to process what is going on around us and what tomorrow will bring, I believe that through your determination and grit, you will be the generation who creates cures, builds bridges rather than borders, practices random acts of kindness, and has the greatest positive impact on our future.  


I want you to know that myself and other district leaders are doing everything we can to ensure that you 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 your educational journey at DAHS before you leave to begin the next chapter in your life in work, post-secondary school, the military, or whichever path you have chosen. 


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, protect, and pursue those memorable senior year moments that you have been looking forward to and so rightfully deserve.  As untimely as this all is, and as uncertain each day must feel, just remember your strength and desire for an amazing future will outshine even these darkest days. You are the class of GRIT. You are the class of tenacity. You are the class of goodwill. You are all of this because you are, and will always be, the Class of 2020. 




Joshua A. Doll, Ed.D.


Dallastown Area School District

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