Public PK-12 School District in Dalton, Georgia

Back to School Information

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The first day of school is Tuesday, August 10!

We can't wait to see all of our students back in class. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us

As we get closer to the first day of school, this page will continue to be updated. Please check back frequently for updates! 

Back to School COVID-19 Guidance

We remain committed to the health and wellness of our students and staff. We are hopeful that the 2021-2022 school year will be a more normal school year. Please know that these guidelines are subject to change should COVID-19 cases in the school or community increase.

  • Masks: Masks will not be required, however, they are welcome for those wishing to wear them. Students who choose to properly wear a well-fitting mask will not have to quarantine if exposed to an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 who was also wearing a mask.
  • Temperatures: Students and staff will not have their temperatures taken each day. Visitors and guests will be required to have their temperatures taken and answer screening questions.
  • Bus Transportation: Masks will be optional on school buses. School buses will be sanitized twice a day.
  • Antimicrobial Spraying: All schools and facilities will be sprayed with Ecovasive Antimicrobial Spray three times this school year.
  • Ventilation: All schools and district buildings have the Global Plasma Solutions ionization process in the HVAC units which kills pathogens including COVID-19, MRSA and Flu.
  • Contact Tracing: Protocols for positive cases and contact tracing will continue.
  • Drinking Fountains: Drinking fountains will be available or students may bring their own water bottles.
  • Required Seating Charts: Teachers will maintain seating charts in classrooms should contact tracing be necessary.
  • Virtual Learning: There will be no virtual learning option for students in pre-k through 8, except on a short-term basis for students who are quarantined. Virtual learning will be available for grades 9 through 12 through the digital learning program.
  • Hand washing will be encouraged and hand sanitizer will be available.
  • Parents will not be allowed to walk students to class. 


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Important Bus Information

ALL bus routes, bus numbers, pickup times and drop-off times will be changing for the 2021-22 school year. Updated bus routes will be mailed home and posted on the district's website before the start of school. Stay tuned for more information!

Click here to download the FirstView app to track your child's bus in real time and for updated bus route information.

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School Supply Lists 

Click on the links below to see school supply lists for each school. Students in eighth grade and above will receive their school supply lists from their individual teachers on the first day of school.

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As we prepare to go back to school, share your photos on social media using #DPSFirstDay! Be sure to tag us in your photos so we can see them. 

Find us on Facebook at Dalton Public Schools GA and on Instagram and Twitter @dpsschools. 

School Meal Information

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended universal meals for all students through the 2021-22 school year. Breakfast and lunch will be free for all students at all of our schools throughout the school year.

School lunch menus will be posted at this link.  

2021-22 School Times


Elementary - 8:00 a.m.
Middle - 8:35 a.m.
High & Junior High - 7:20 a.m.


Elementary - 2:45 p.m.
Middle - 3:35 p.m.
High & Junior High - 2:00 p.m.

School Orientations 

All orientations will take place on Monday, August 9. The times for each school's orientation are listed below.

Blue Ridge School: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Brookwood School: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
City Park School: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Park Creek School: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Roan School: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Westwood School: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Hammond Creek Middle School: 10 a.m. 

Dalton Junior High School: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

The Dalton Academy: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Dalton High School: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Getting Ready Guides

As part of Georgia Home Classroom, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) has identified key skills for children getting ready for kindergarten through fifth grade. 

These skills will help families understand what children have already learned and can expect to learn when they get back to school. The guides are available in English and Spanish. 

Click here to view the Getting Ready Guides for kindergarten through third grade. Fourth and fifth grade guides will be added soon!

School Calendar

View our 2021-22 school calendars.

2021-22 English Calendar

2021-22 Spanish Calendar