21-22 School Year

Welcome to the 21-22 School Year page. We will be updating this page as new information is available for the upcoming school year. As always, we appreciate the support of our parents, guardians and community as we work to make the best decisions for our students and staff.

October 19, 2021
Open Panel Discussion: COVID-19 in our Community

On September 30, 2021, the Douglas County School System partnered with the Rouse Foundation and several medical experts in our community to provide information to DCSS parents and community members about COVID-19 in our community. Please click here to see some of the questions posted by community members during the panel discussion. Answers are provided by the student services department of the Douglas County School System.

August 26, 2021
Letter from the Superintendent Regarding Updated COVID Guidance

Please click here for a letter from Superintendent North that was emailed to parents and guardians on August 26, 2021. The letter introduces two new and updated documents regarding COVID precautions and reporting.

August 25, 2021
Updated COVID Guidance

Please see the updated Learning by Design document which outlines guidance for COVID-19, including the level of community spread that will determine mask protocol. To access the document, please click the link on the right side of this page.

August 25, 2021
COVID Cases - Percentage by School

In addition to reporting the number of COVID cases per school, DCSS will begin reporting the percentage of positive COVID cases per school or location every Monday by 5:00 p.m. To access the report, please go to the link on the right side of this page.

August 9, 2021
COVID Case Reporting

The Douglas County School System will post the COVID case count in our schools and buildings every Friday. Please go to the link on the right side of this page to access the information.

August 3, 2021
Updated COVID Protocols: Masks Required

Effective August 4, masks will be required in Douglas County School System buildings for students, staff, and visitors. Please click below for a letter that was emailed to parents on August 3. In addition, please see the link to the updated Learning by Design document which outlines our return to school plan.

Letter from Mr. North, 8-3-21
Learning by Design, Updated 8-3-21

July 30, 2021
Transportation Information

To find your child's bus route, please click here. You will enter your address to find your bus pickup time and location. Please note that last year, DCSS moved to consolidated bus stops to make our routes safer and more efficient. Some students will have to walk farther than in past years or parents will need to drop them at the bus stop. If you have questions about your route, please reach out to the transportation department at 770-651-2400. Please note that masks are required on school buses for students and drivers. 

July 26, 2021
Online Learning Options

The two online learning options for 2021-2022 are FLEX Academy and FLEX Live-Online. Although the deadline has passed to register for these options, we understand that some parents may want to change to online learning due to the increase in COVID cases. Students must meet certain criteria in order to participate in online learning. If you are interested in exploring this option for your child, please reach out to the principal at your child's school. The principal will check to see if your child qualifies for an online option based on last year's enrollment, grades, attendance, etc. 

July 23, 2021
Free Meals for All Students

All students, regardless of income, will receive free breakfast and lunch during the 2021-2022 school year. The free meal program is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

July 23, 2021
Schools Open Monday - Friday

Schools will be open for in-person instruction Monday through Friday for 2021-2022.

June 23, 2021
First Day of Schoo

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 4. High School Back-to-School Bash is July 30. Times vary by school, so check your school's website for details. Sneak-a-Peek is August 2, 4:30-6:00 for elementary and 5:30-7:00 for middle school.

For a full calendar, click here.

July 23, 2021
Masks Required on School Buses

At this time, masks are recommended but not required in DCSS schools and buildings. Masks must be worn by passengers and drivers on DCSS school buses, in accordance with U.S. Department of Transportation guidelines.

Guidance regarding masks in DCSS schools and buildings may change at any time.

June 15, 2021
Free Vaccination Events at All High Schools

In partnership with Premier Drugstore and Cobb & Douglas Public Health, all of our five high schools will host a vaccination event the week of June 21. Please click here for more information.

June 10, 2021
School Start Times

School start and end times for 2021-2022 will remain the same.

Elementary: 7:40 - 2:25
Middle: 9:00 - 4:10
High: 8:20 - 3:25

June 5, 2021
COVID-19 Case Reporting

May 28 was the last day that COVID cases for students and staff in the school system were reported on the website. DCSS school nurses and staff will continue to perform contact tracing and follow protocol for any cases that occur during the summer.

June 4, 2021
New Guidance on Masks; Vaccination Opportunities at High Schools

On June 4, Superintendent North sent a letter to all parent, guardians, and staff members regarding the mask mandate. Beginning June 7, masks will no longer be mandatory in Douglas County School System buildings and schools. 

DCSS encourages all eligible students and staff to take the COVID-19 vaccine. In partnership with Premier Drugstore and Cobb & Douglas Public Health, DCSS will hold a vaccination event at all five high schools this summer.

Please click the link below for the entire letter, which includes the locations, dates, and times for the vaccination events.

Letter from Superintendent North Regarding Masks and Vaccination Opportunities at High Schools

May 25, 2021
Immunizations for Students

Please click the link below for a letter from Cobb & Douglas Public Health with important information regarding immunizations.

The letter addresses vaccinations for COVID-19 for adolescents 12 years of age and older. It also states that effective July 1, 2021, all students 16 years of age and older, who are entering 11th grade, must have received one booster dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4), unless their initial dose was administered on or after their 16th birthday. 

Letter from Cobb & Douglas Public Health

May 21, 2021
Mask Guidance, Online Options

The Douglas County School System plans to hold classes in person five days a week for the 2021-2022 school year. The first day of class for students is August 4. 

As positive COVID-19 cases continue to trend down and as vaccinations continue to trend up, we hope that masks will be optional for the 2021-2022 school year. In July, we will review local data and CDC guidance and announce a decision on masks and other COVID-19 protocols. Regardless of the decision of the district, any student or staff member who would prefer to continue wearing a mask while attending school or school events should feel free to do so.

DCSS will offer two programs for students who would prefer to learn online: FLEX Academy and COVID Extension Services. The application period has ended for these programs; however, students new to Douglas County may apply. 

May 21, 2021
COVID-19 Case Reporting

Friday, May 28, 2021, is the last date that the school system will report weekly cases of COVID-19 for students and staff. The school system will continue to do contact tracing and follow protocol for any cases that occur during the summer. 
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