Return to School Plans

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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