VICENZA, Italy (June 10, 2021) - Students left school Thursday at U.S. Army Garrison Italy, marking the end of a full year of classes held despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
While many Department of Defense Education activity schools had to close at some point due to the virus, schools in Vicenza remained open for in person instruction the entire year.
“We are grateful to USAG Italy for leveraging numerous supports allowing our schools to remain open,” said Michelle Howard-Brahaney, Superintendent Department of Defense Education Activity Europe South School District. “The entire community came together to ensure Livorno and Vicenza schools were well prepared to provide in person instructions this whole school year.”
All DoDEA Europe schools remained open either in face to face or remote learning. Only five schools, Vicenza Elementary School; Vicenza Middle School; Vicenza High School; Livorno Elementary/Middle School and Kleine Brogel Elementary School in Belgium remained open to in person instruction the entire school year, explained Paul A. Salatto, DoDEA E-South District Superintendent Office chief of staff.
“It has been a shared mission to make this happen in USAG Italy,” he said.
School principals were grateful for these accomplishments. Allison Peltz, VES principal, appreciated the support they received from parents, the garrison, and from the district office.
“Most of all, I am proud of the day to day efforts of our teachers and administrative staff,” Peltz said. “This could not have happened without their willingness to go the extra mile to ensure our students were educated in a safe environment. They are everyday heroes.”
VMS Principal Barriett Smith highlighted how everyone did their job.
“Team work makes the dream work: students, teachers, custodial, bus and so many more. I came in and everything was set; I only had to maintain it. Everyone else did the rest,” Smith said.
Jonathan Daniels, Livorno Elementary Middle School thought that all teachers did a fantastic job.
“They adapted classrooms and procedures for COVID-19 safety protocols without skipping a beat,” he said. “Parents supported us and students adapted quickly. We’re so happy we were able stay brick-and-mortar the whole school year.”