Public PK-12 School District in Dalton, Georgia

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Return to School Plans

On July 20, 2020 the Dalton Board of Education voted on final plans for returning to school in August. Read more about these plans here:

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Welcome to Reconnect DPS!

This webpage was created as a place to provide the Dalton Public Schools
community with updates about plans to reconnect with staff, students and
parents and safely return to school in the fall 2020 semester. We will
update this page as new information becomes available.

Please read through the information provided on this webpage. There is
currently a committee meeting weekly working to determine the safest
and best way to reopen schools in the fall. You can contact any member of
the reopening committee by clicking the link below their name in the
righthand column.

Thank you for your support and participation in this process. We look
forward to beginning school again in the fall!

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Reconnect DPS Newsletter Archive

Click on one of the links below to view the archived version of a past newsletter update.

Parent Survey Results

We sent out a survey to parents in our district asking for their feedback on returning to school. In total, 2,399 parents completed the survey. The results of this survey area available to view at the link below.

View the Parent Survey Results

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Our district is preparing a variety of plans for opening that will be based on the Department of Public Health's evaluation of the COVID-19 spread in our community and safety as our first priority. We know that the on-campus experience for our students will always be preferable. We are working very hard to get students back on campus as soon as it is safe to do so.

We are also developing plans in the event we have to go back to all digital learning or if we need to have a hybrid of in person and online learning. Based on the public health situation, Dalton Public Schools will remain flexible and adaptable so that we may move between the three options to best serve students as the situation dictates. This approach will allow us to cope with any unexpected rise in infections within our community.

Our goal is to ensure that any of the three options will allow DPS to continue to serve students with a high quality, child-centered learning experience—even in modified ways.

Guidance from the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Department of Public Health

The Georgia Department of Education in partnership with the Georgia Department of Health released a set of guidelines for reopening K-12 schools in the fall. Click on the tiles below to learn more about the aspects covered by the plan.

Detailed guidance is provided on:
      • Practicing prevention
      • Transporting students
      • Entering school buildings
      • Serving meals
      • Transitioning between classes and spaces within the school
      • Conducting large group gatherings
      • Supporting teaching and learning
      • Protecting vulnerable populations

Click this link to view the reopening guidelines

COVID-19 Updates

Questions or Concerns?

Student and staff safety is our top priority at Dalton Public Schools. If you have a question, concern or comment about any health or safety issue, please let us know.

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Georgia Department of Education 'Getting Ready Guides' for K-3.

The Georgia Department of Education and Georgia Public Broadcasting are launching “Getting Ready” guides to help parents of the youngest learners prepare for the upcoming school year.

These guides for getting ready for kindergarten and first, second, and third grade were created by GPB Education and specialists in the Georgia Department of Education’s Office of Teaching & Learning, and are designed to provide a simple way to keep the learning going over the summer and explore skills that will prepare a student for the school year ahead.

Click here to view these guides

School Reopening Committee Members

Email the Committee

Tim Scott
Email Dr. Scott

Wiley Dailey
Deputy Superintendent
Email Mr. Dailey

Don Amonett
Deputy Superintendent
Email Mr. Amonett

Laura Orr
Chief Academic Officer
Email Mrs. Orr

Theresa Perry
Chief Financial Officer
Email Mrs. Perry

Pat Holloway
Chief of Staff - Communications
and Public Relations

Email Mrs. Holloway

Mendy Woods
Chief Human Resources Officer
Email Mrs. Woods

Rusty Lount
Director of Operations
Email Mr. Lount

Wimberly Brackett
Director of School Nutrition
Email Mrs. Brackett

Stuart Davis
Director of Technology &

Email Mr. Davis

Nick Sun
Director of School Support for
Instructional Technology

Email Mr. Sun

Debbie Hughes
Director of Student
Information & Enrollment

Email Mrs. Hughes

Jeff Wells
Safety and Transportation

Email Mr. Wells

Stephanie Hungerpiller
DHS Principal
Email Mrs. Hungerpiller

Lauri Johnson
DMS Principal
Email Mrs. Johnson

Charlie Tripp
Roan Principal
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Will Esters
Park Creek Principal
Email Mr. Esters

Jeff McKinney
DHS Athletic Director
Email Mr. McKinney

Emily Martin
Communications Specialist
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