superintendent newsletter
Greetings DeKalb County School District (DCSD) Family,

We are excited to have our scholars back in the building as we plan for a successful school year!

I hope that you have had the opportunity to review and check off items on your Parent To-Do List.  Please take a minute to visit our Back-to-School website for information regarding registration, bus routes, nutrition, and more. Also, continue to visit your school website for school-specific back-to-school items. I encourage our families to sign up for Infinite Campus (Parent Portal) so that they can stay in the know on grade reports, assessments, and attendance. All of these steps are critical to beginning the new school year strong and ready to thrive.

I was so excited to see our children in school this morning with their bright, beautiful faces ready to learn and give their all! We are still in the midst of challenging times, but we have learned so much in the past year. We learned that we are better and stronger together. We know that our students can win when they have a nurturing community to support them. We know that education loss has impacted young scholars throughout the world and we must re-imagine education as we know it. We also understand that your scholars are the very heartbeat of your homes, and we are honored to serve them on their journey of being well-rounded scholars, citizens, human beings, and future leaders of our country. Everything we do as a district is for our Vision of the Graduate.

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We do not take it lightly that you have trusted us—the DCSD staff—with protecting, shaping, and molding their brilliant minds with a first-class education. It’s what they deserve, and it’s what we strive for every single day to ensure they receive. While this school year is more “normal” than last school year, we are still in the middle of a pandemic. Because of this, we have to stay on top of protecting our students and staff more than ever. Please take note of the following:

  • Masks will be required while riding buses.
  • Masks will be required for all students and staff (except while eating or drinking).
  • We ask you to ensure your scholars know the COVID-19 mitigation strategies and safety protocols and have everything they need to help us keep them and others safe.
  • Our students need us. And district staff is here to answer that call, as we have time and again.

Volunteer/ Visitors Policy

Out of an abundance of caution and due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, we will continue the visitor protocol that was in place for the 2020-2021 school year. Visitors and volunteers will not be permitted in buildings until further notice. We will continue to monitor conditions and data provided by the Department of Public Health(DPH), the DeKalb County Board of Health (DBOH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). It is our sincere hope that conditions will improve, and we will be able to reopen our doors and benefit from the value that our committed volunteers add to our schools and centers. We appreciate each of our volunteers and community partners. In the interim, we invite you to help us identify opportunities for volunteers to support our school community virtually.

As we enter the new academic year, I want you to remember just how strong we are, just how united we are, just how brilliant we are, and just how fortunate we are. Continue to think positively, speak words of encouragement, and know that I am working hard alongside you. Have a great first week of school and welcome back DCSD!


Mrs. Cheryl Watson-Harris

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