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Greetings DeKalb County School District (DCSD) Family,
I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable weekend. The district is starting the month of October with good news as DCSD was accepted into the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of forward-thinking K-12 school districts organized by Digital Promise, a nonprofit organization with the mission to accelerate innovation in education and improve the opportunity to learn for all through technology and research.

DeKalb County School District was selected from a competitive national pool of applicants based on its educational leadership, innovative vision for learning, key achievements and evidence of results, and demonstrated commitment to equity and excellence. We are proud to be accepted in the League of Innovative Schools. Our work is centered around helping our scholars meet the highest standards and become successful and productive members of society. Being a part of this organization aligns with our vision for the DCSD graduate and preparing our scholars for the jobs of the future.

Safe in Schools Campaign

DCSD is launching a “Safe in Schools” campaign to promote and enhance academic success and positive school culture and climate. October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Bullying, harassment, and hazing are detrimental to the well-being of students and greatly hinder them from reaching their true academic potential. The DCSD Public Safety Department has a “See Something Say Something” campaign to encourage students to be alert and report suspicious activity to a school resource officer, campus supervisor, administrator, or teacher, to protect classmates, the school, and community.

DCSD has a “BULLYING STOPS HERE!” Awareness Campaign to stop bullying, harassment, discrimination, and hazing in schools. This comprehensive approach to addressing these issues seeks to educate, not only students, but the entire community of stakeholders. The district also has social media guidelines for students to address cyberbullying, and television programming will be aired on DSTV to raise awareness on bullying prevention. For more information, click here.

Social Media

As some of you are aware, there are challenges circulating on social media that encourages inappropriate behavior in school buildings. I want to emphasize that DCSD will not tolerate any inappropriate behavior in our schools. I encourage our scholars to go back and read the district’s social media guidelines, as well as the Student Code of Conduct.

We want our scholars to respect and take care of their schoolhouses. We want everyone to feel safe at school. As always, 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 to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

COVID Testing and Vaccines

DCSD will host a monthly COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinic for employees, students and the community. Free vaccines and testing will be available for all ages. The next scheduled event is Friday, Oct. 22, from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd, Stone Mountain, GA. COVID-19 testing is also available at the Doraville Transportation Center, DCSD’s Department of Transportation, and the Panthersville Transportation Center. For more information, visit

My Sister’s Keeper

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Last week, DCSD launched its My Sister's Keeper program! I was thrilled to host a virtual tea with our young ladies across the district. My Sister's Keeper will allow our girls to engage in meaningful activities geared towards not only the enhancement of academic achievement, but empowerment and self-care as well. We are excited for the opportunity that this program will provide our young girls and we can't wait to see them soar!

Student Spotlight

austin franklin
This week, I'm shining a spotlight on Columbia Elementary School fifth-grader, Austin Franklin. He scored a level 4 on all tested areas on his assessment. Austin is a very social student, who enjoys interacting with his peers and teachers and helping them. He also exhibits excellent problem-solving skills and responds to teacher feedback. Austin is eager to learn and has excellent class participation. I am proud to shine a spotlight on this outstanding student!

Team Tuesday

Dr. Connie Stevenson

For #TeamTuesday last week, I gave a special shout out to Dr. Connie Stevenson, Director of School Choice Programs and Student Assignment for DCSD. She is an education hero that supports our scholars and ensures they have the resources they need to reach their preferred future. She played a big role in the launch of My Sister's Keeper, and I am grateful to work alongside her.

Comprehensive Master Plan Town Hall

DCSD will host virtual Comprehensive Master Plan regional town hall meetings Oct. 4-27. DCSD’s master planning process includes an evaluation of all school and administrative facilities, as well as the infrastructure to support the educational mission of the district. This process includes gathering data about school facilities that will be used to develop priorities for the next Educational Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (E-SPLOST) project list. For more information, please click here.

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


Mrs. Cheryl Watson-Harris



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