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

I hope that everyone had a great weekend. I hope that everyone is continuing to do everything that they can to lower the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Please continue to follow the COVID-19 Health and Safety guidelines and protocol. Please continue to wear your masks, wash your hands and socially distance. We are excited to have our scholars and teachers back in the classrooms for in-person learning and we want to keep everyone safe while they’re in the school buildings.


DCSD’s partner, DeKalb Board of Health, is offering free COVID-19 vaccines at its mobile clinics. DCSD is encouraging those who are eligible to get vaccinated to help keep you and your family safe and healthy. The vaccine is free and no appointment, ID, proof of citizenship or health insurance is needed to get a vaccine at the mobile clinic. For more information on locations and dates, please click here.

Comprehensive Master Plan Town Hall

DCSD invites all community stakeholders to join us for our Comprehensive Master Plan regional town hall meetings. The focus of these meetings will be to address Educational Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (E-SPLOST) and facility improvements. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic these meetings will be moved to completely virtual environments. Please click here to view the meeting schedule.

Media Specialist of the Year

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Congratulations to Druid Hills Middle School Media Specialist, Ms. Marcia Kochel, who has been named the 2021 Georgia Library Media Specialist of the Year (LMSOTY)! Ms. Kochel, the 2021 DCSD LMSOTY and the 2021 Metro Regional LMSOTY, was nominated for DCSD LMSOTY by her principal, Mrs. Jacqueline Taylor. According to Georgia Library Media Association, Ms. Kochel’s library program modeled innovation, collaboration, creativity, and equality. We thank and appreciate Ms. Kochel for all that she does for the students at Druid Hills Middle School. Congratulations on this distinguished honor!

Transportation Visit

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I want to thank everyone in our Transportation Department, specifically Dispatch, for welcoming me to their facility. This district could not run as efficiently as it does without you and your hard work. Our bus drivers are the first faces that many of our scholars see each school day, and your initial interaction with our scholars can have a positive effect on them that helps get them through the day.

I want our employees in Transportation to know that you are appreciated, and your work and dedication does not go unnoticed. You have gone above and beyond to make sure that our scholars remain safe as you transport them to and from school during this pandemic. Thank you all for your service!

Summer Graduates

Last, but certainly not least, I want to congratulate our summer graduates on crossing that finish line. I was so happy to celebrate your achievements with you and your families. I know it wasn’t easy, but you pushed through the obstacles to receive your high school diploma, and for that I salute you. We are proud of you!

Please continue to visit our website and your school’s website for the latest information on back-to-school and other district news. Have a great week!


Mrs. Cheryl Watson-Harris

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