Public PK-12 School District in Dalton, Georgia


Back to School Information

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Return to School Plan

On July 20, 2020, the Dalton Board of Education voted on plans to return to school in August. Please continue reading for more detailed information on these plans. To read a letter from the Board of Education, click here.

The first day of school is august 31, 2020.

Students will return to school on August 31, 2020. Teachers will begin on August 17.

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All students can choose an in-person option or a virtual option.

Prior to the start of school, all students will need to choose between a virtual option or an in-person option. Click here to complete the registration form and make your selection. For students who choose to do in-person classes, school will begin in a hybrid format for the first two weeks of school with 50 percent of students assigned for Monday and Tuesday and the other 50 percent on Thursday and Friday with Wednesday being a digital learning day for all students. Virtual students will begin 100% virtually on August 31.virtual learning will be different than in the spring semester.

Click here to read more about virtual learning. The Content and Engagement team and our instructional coaches have worked all summer to develop digital learning. Students will be expected to follow a schedule and attendance will be taken. Additionally, grades will be assigned and these grades will affect student grade point averages. Teachers will introduce new standards and materials for student mastery rather than just reviewing.

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Virtual learning will be taught by dalton public schools teachers.

If your student chooses the virtual option, they will be assigned a teacher or teachers from Dalton Public Schools. The curriculum being taught will line up with the standards that are being covered inside the classroom. Students should be able to move seamlessly from inside the classroom to virtual learning if needed.

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Masks are required for students and staff in all dps buildings.

All students and staff are required to wear face masks whenever they are unable to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet. We understand that our youngest children may be unable to keep a mask on all day and we will not enforce this rule as strictly with students in Pre-K through 2nd grade. However, all students in grades 3-12 will be expected to follow these guidelines.

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Virtual & Hybrid Learning Plans

These are documents detailing the district's plans for both virtual and hybrid learning models. The hybrid model will be applicable if hybrid learning is extended past the first two weeks, however, the first two weeks of hybrid learning will be used as an orientation time. Students will become familiar with online course work and health and safety protocols, and teachers will use the time to assess instructional needs. Click on the links below for more information.

Elementary School Hybrid Model (English)
Elementary School Hybrid Model (Spanish)

Middle School Hybrid Model (English)
Middle School Hybrid Model (Spanish)

High School Hybrid Model (English)
High School Hybrid Model (Spanish)

Virtual Model (English)
Virtual Model (Spanish)

2020-21 School Start Times

START

Elementary - 8:00 a.m.

Middle - 8:35 a.m.

High - 7:20 a.m.

END

Elementary - 2:45 p.m.

Middle - 3:35 p.m.

High - 2:05 p.m.

School Meal Prices

BREAKFAST

Students - $1.50
Non-students - $2

LUNCH

Brookwood and Westwood - $2
Dalton High School - $2.40
Non-students - $3.50

Frequently Asked Questions

What other safety measures are you taking to ensure students and staff are safe in-person?

Everyone who enters the school building will have their temperature taken and will be asked as series of health screening questions daily. Masks will be provided for students and staff. Each classroom has been provided with hand sanitizer, and sanitizing stations have been installed in common areas throughout the school.

Will bus transportation be available?

Yes, bus transportation will still be available for any students who choose in-person learning. All students must wear a mask on the bus.

Will students be required to wear masks?

Yes, students and staff are required to wear masks at any time when social distancing of 6 feet is not possible.

What will happen if a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19? Who will quarantine? Who will be notified?

We are in the process of hiring a Coronavirus Prevention and Response Coordinator. They will be a healthcare professional, and they will be responsible for determining who needs to quarantine, notifying people of potential exposures, educating staff/students, overseeing health screenings daily, and more. We will defer to this person's expertise when it comes to possible exposures.

Will students receive devices if they're completing digital learning?

Yes, all students in Pre-K through 12 will receive devices this year, whether they chose digital learning or in-person learning.

If I choose digital learning, will I have to complete work during school hours, or can I complete the work at night?

Students are expected to complete work during school hours. If you have a conflict with that, you will need to speak directly with your school to see if they will be able to make accommodations.

Do I need school supplies even if I choose digital learning?

Students will still need school supplies to complete assignments at home, even if they choose digital learning. DPS will be providing some basic school supplies, such as pencils, paper, scissors, and glue for students to have at home due to the possibility of virtual learning experiences again this year. A portion of the supplies are being provided through the support of local community churches.

When will schedules be released?

Schedules will be released after students have chosen digital learning or in-person learning. The deadline for that decision is August 4, schedules will be released closer to the first day of school on August 31.

What if I choose digital learning/in-person learning and then I change my mind?

If you choose digital learning, you are opting-in for a 6-week period. After 6 weeks you can either continue in digital learning, or choose to return to the classroom. If you choose in-person, you can switch to digital learning at any time. You will need to meet with your school/principal in order to switch after the school year has started.

On the first day of school, can I walk my child to the classroom?

No. Visitors will be restricted into all schools, so parents are not able to walk their child into the classroom on the first day of school.

Will students stay in their classroom for lunch?

Students will remain with their class for lunch. They may eat in their classroom, outside or distanced within the cafeteria.

What will recess look like?

Students will have recess with their class only, they will not be interacting with other classes. Recess equipment will be sanitized daily.

Do students have to wear masks in the classroom?

They will be required to wear masks at any time when social distancing is not possible, which may or may not include inside the classroom! Our teachers will be able to enforce this in ways that are appropriate for their particular setting - so that will look different for Pre-K students than it does for high school students.

If I chose digital learning, do I have to come in for the first two weeks of hybrid learning?

No. If you choose digital learning, you will begin digital classes on August 31.

What will the two weeks of hybrid learning be like?

For the first two weeks students will come in on either Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday. All students will complete digital learning work on Wednesday while schools are cleaned, and they will complete digital learning work on the other days they're not in school. At this point, the plan is to only do this model for two weeks and then students would come in five days a week.

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    Meal Pick-Up Information for Virtual Students

    Dalton High School
    Breakfast: 8 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
    Lunch: 11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Front entrance of school

    Dalton Middle School
    Breakfast: 8 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
    Lunch: 11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Front entrance of school

    Westwood
    Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
    Lunch: 12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
    Front entrance of school

    Brookwood
    Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
    Lunch: 11:00 a.m.
    Back entrance of school

    Blue Ridge
    Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
    Lunch: 12 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    Mack Gaston Community Center

    City Park
    Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
    Lunch: 12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Bus Loop in back of school

    MIHS
    Breakfast: 8 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
    Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    Front entrance of school

    Park Creek
    Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
    Lunch: 12 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    Front entrance of school

    Roan
    Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
    Lunch: 12 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    Back of the school