School Reopening

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Welcome to the information page for the reopening of school for 2020-2021. We will update information on this page throughout the summer of 2020 and during the 2020-2021 school year. Please check back often.

In an effort to curtail the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), all schools and offices in the Douglas County School System were CLOSED beginning March 16, 2020. Students and staff members worked from home through online platforms for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

Administrators and staff members have been hard at work this summer in preparation for the upcoming school year. Preliminary plans for 2020-2021 were presented at the June 15, 2020, Board of Education work session and meeting. For a summary of the BOE work session and meeting, please click here.

On June 30, parents were emailed a plan for 2020-2021 that includes three learning options. Resources below explain the various options and protocols for reopening schools for the upcoming school year. Be sure to read the Frequently Asked Questions section which is updated often.

Update on School-Based Digital Learning (SBDL) and Extracurricular Activities (7-2-20)

According to the letter emailed to parents on June 30, students in the SBDL learning option would not be allowed to participate in extracurricular and athletic activities. Based on feedback from parents, teachers and administrators, SBDL students WILL be allowed to participate in extracurricular and athletic activities beginning with the first day of school. 

If you have already registered for SBDL or FLEX Academy and participation in extracurricular and athletic activities was one of the deciding factors, you may change your selection by July 10 by going to You will need to withdraw your application by going to the family dashboard and clicking on the withdraw button. If you wish to change your option, you will need to withdraw and create a new application. If you have any problems with the process, please email . 

Learning by Design (6-30-20)

The Learning by Design document outlines district initiatives and protocols for the 2020-2021 school year, including 
social distancing measures, lunch procedures, cleaning protocols and more.

Learning by Design Link

The Learning Options flyer outlines the main points of each of the three learning models for 2020-2021.

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Learning Options for 2020-2021 One Page Flyer (PDF)

View the video to learn about the three options for learning for 2020-2021.

Letter to Parents Regarding Learning Options for 2020-2021 (6-30-20)

Please click below to access the letter that was emailed to all parents and staff on June 30, 2020. The letter addresses the plans for reopening school for 2020-2021.



School-Based Digital Learning and FLEX Academy

Registration for School-Based Digital Learning (SBDL) and FLEX Academy will be open July 1-10. 

Registration Link for SBDL and FLEX

FAQ: Reopening of School for 2020-2021

Check here often for answers to frequently asked questions regarding the reopening of school for 2020-2021. New questions and answers will appear at the top of the list.

Q: Will students in SBDL be allowed to participate in the After School Program at their school?

A: Yes. SBDL students will be allowed to participate in ASP.

Q: Will breakfast and lunch be provided for students in FLEX Academy and SBDL?

A: No. There will not be a special meal distribution set up for students in FLEX and SBDL.

Q: Will elementary students in Traditional Learning have recess?

A: Yes. A time for recess will be provided.

Q: Will the school system require all students to be tested for COVID-19?

A: No. The school system will not require that all students be tested.

Q: What should I do if I register my child for one of the learning options and then change my mind?

A: No problem! We do want to have the most accurate information for our schools as soon as possible, so please let us know that you have changed your mind by July 10. You may change your selection by going to You will need to withdraw your application by going to the family dashboard and clicking on the withdraw button. If you wish to change your option, you will need to withdraw and create a new application. If you have any problems with the process, please email . 

Q: The new start date for students is August 10. Do we have to make up those three days?

A: No. The only change to the calendar will be to delay the start date from August 5 to August 10. For a PDF of the revised calendar for 2020-2021, please click here.

Q: If my child signs up for School-Based Digital Learning (SBDL), will he or she be allowed to stay in their high school magnet program?

A: Yes. Students may take their regular magnet program classes with SBDL. Students in the FLEX Academy will not be able to participate in a magnet program.

Q: If I choose the SBDS option for the beginning of the year, will my upcoming 9th grader forfeit his acceptance into a magnet program?

A: No. A child accepted into a magnet program may participate through SBDL.

Q: Will my child be able to take advanced classes if he or she is enrolled in SBDL?

A: Yes. Students may take any advanced classes offered at their school while enrolled in SBDL.

Q: If my child enrolls in FLEX, will he be able to return to his enrolled school during the school year?

A: No. The expectation is that a student who signs up for FLEX will stay in the program for the entire school year.

Q: If my child is on transfer to another school in Douglas County and we choose FLEX, will he be able to go back to his current school for the 2021-2022 year.

A: If your child decides to leave FLEX after the first year, you will need to go through the transfer process once again. Your space will not be saved or guaranteed.

Q: Did the school system add a new position and salary with the appointment of the new principal for FLEX Academy?

A: No. A district office position was eliminated. The new position is budget neutral.

Q: Will my child be able to take AP and Honors classes at FLEX?

A: This first year, AP and Honors classes will not be available through FLEX. However, FLEX students may choose to participate in Dual Enrollment at a college. Students who want to take AP and Honors classes must participate in Traditional Learning or School-Based Digital Learning.

Summer Learning Activities

For fun and educational summer learning activities for grades K-8 and reading lists for high school, please visit our Summer Learning website!

Message to Parents Regarding Timeline for Reopening of School (6-4-20)

On June 4, the following message was sent to all parents regarding the timeline for announcing plans for the 2020-2021 school year. For a list of the committees and committee members mentioned in the message, please click here. The current Parent Advisory Committee is composed of parents from all schools and has been meeting since August of 2019. The committee's last meeting was on June 2 when Superintendent North sought parent input regarding the reopening of school.

Letter to Parents, June 4, 2020

Parent Survey: Reopening of Schools for 2020-2021

For results from the survey of parents conducted the week of June 8, 2020, please click here.

New School Start Times for 2020-2021

The Douglas County School System has established new start times for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. For times and details, please click here.

Athletic Conditioning

Athletic conditioning for middle and high schools began on June 15. Coaches are following strict protocols to maintain the health and safety of students and staff.

Wi-Fi Access Available in All Five High School Parking Lots

The Douglas County School System is partnering with Google to provide internet access on some of our buses.  Beginning May 18, DCSS students and family members may drive to any of our high schools and log into a filtered internet connection from the parking lot. The Wi-Fi buses will remain in place throughout the summer. We anticipate adding additional locations at a future date.

To access the internet, students will select the DCSSBUS network in their wireless connections and type the password dcsswifi.  The password is all lower case.  The internet access should be used only by students and their families, so we ask that you not share the password on social media platforms. If you have any problems with logging in, please call the main phone number for your school and report the problem.

We hope the internet access will help our students and families with academic pursuits, college applications and job searches over the next few months. We wish everyone a safe and productive summer break. 

Tenemos algunas noticias emocionantes para compartir. El Sistema Escolar del Condado de Douglas se ha asociado con Google para proporcionar acceso a Internet en algunos de nuestros autobuses. Los estudiantes y familiares de DCSS pueden conducir a cualquiera de nuestras escuelas secundarias e iniciar sesión en una conexión a Internet filtrada desde el estacionamiento. Los autobuses con Wi-Fi permanecerán en su lugar durante todo el verano. Anticipamos agregar ubicaciones adicionales en una fecha futura.

Para acceder a Internet, los estudiantes seleccionarán la red DCSSBUS en sus conexiones inalámbricas y escribirán la contraseña dcsswifi. La contraseña es minúscula. El acceso a Internet solo debe ser utilizado por los estudiantes y sus familias, por lo que le pedimos que no comparta la contraseña en las plataformas de redes sociales. Si tiene algún problema para iniciar sesión, llame al número de teléfono principal de su escuela e informe el problema.

Esperamos que el acceso a Internet ayude a nuestros estudiantes y familias con actividades académicas, solicitudes de ingreso a la universidad y búsquedas de trabajo en los próximos meses. Les deseamos a todos unas vacaciones de verano seguras y productivas.

Kindergarten Registration

Welcome to kindergarten in the Douglas County School System! We are thrilled to have the Class of 2033 join us for an exciting journey! Kindergarten is a time of personal adjustment and a stepping out beyond the family to the wider world.

Beginning Friday, May 1, parents may register their children for kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year. Please click here  for additional information.

Meal Distribution

Summer meal distribution will take place every Wednesday through July 15. Meals for children ages 0-18 will be available from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at the following locations:

Alexander High School
Douglas County High School
Lithia Springs High School
New Manchester High School
Turner Middle School
Winston Elementary School

For a map with addresses of the schools, please click here. These locations will provide a Wednesday drive-up service from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Douglas County School Nutrition will distribute a supply of breakfast and lunch for five days for children every Wednesday through July 15.

Children must be present in the car to receive the meals. Parents and children should drive to the front of the school (back of school in cafeteria area for New Manchester). Nutrition workers will deliver the meals to the car. Parents or guardians may take the children to any of the locations. We will provide meals for any child who shows up at any location as long as supplies last.

How to Receive Communication from the District

The school district uses several platforms to disseminate information to stakeholders. Parents and community members may follow the Douglas County Georgia Schools Facebook page where district information is shared. They may also sign up for the weekly electronic newsletter, DCSS Digest, which is emailed every Friday.

Parents, guardians and employees will receive automated messages via email, phone, text and app posting. The phone numbers and email addresses are pulled through Infinite Campus, our student information system. If you are not receiving messages, please reach out to the registration clerk at your school to check your information in Infinite Campus. You may also reach out to

To receive text messages, parents must opt in. Text 67587 and type Yes to begin receiving messages.

Anyone may sign up for the school system app. Search in your phone's app store for "Douglas County Schools" and look for the familiar blue and yellow five-star logo. (There is more than one Douglas County Schools app, so look for the logo.) After downloading the app, you will have the option to choose the schools from which you would like to receive alerts.

Contact List for Principals

For a list of schools and principals, please click here. To email principals, use this format: .

Parent Portal

For parents who need to set up Parent Portal, please follow the directions available here.

Employee Rights Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. Please click here for a PDF with details.


Emotional Resources
For a flyer with contact information for emotional support during the COVID-19 pandemic, please click here or see the flyer below.
emotional resources flyer


For more information about the disease, please consult the resources below.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Cobb & Douglas Public Health
Georgia Department of Education
Office of the Governor
Social Distance Guide for Youth PDF
Talking With Children About Coronavirus Disease 2019
Checklist for Teachers and Parents
Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
Frequently Asked Questions
Tips for Parents While School’s Out

Governor's Office Update on COVID-19 (Slide Presentation)
COVID-19 Update from Governor's Office, GA Dept. of Public Health, GA Dept of Education (Slide Presentation)


To meet the health needs of our students during this time, we are proud to say that  Family Health Centers of Georgia has established a TeleHealth line. The Family Health Centers of Georgia currently serves as our medical provider for the School Based Health Center located on the campus of Burnett Elementary School. Services are provided to all students of the Douglas County School System and their siblings from three to 18 years of age.  Parents/guardians can call 770-651-2273 and leave a message regarding the health services needed. Someone from the Family Health Centers of Georgia be in contact to setup TeleHealth services. TeleHealth does not include vaccines; however, parents/guardians may schedule appointments at the main site for vaccines.  Most insurances are accepted.  Should you have additional questions, please call 770-651-2273. 

Community Services and Business Resources

Report Child Abuse and Neglect 24/7: 1-855-GA CHILD (1-855-422-4453)
Georgia Domestic Violence Hotline Available 24/7: 1-800-334-2836

List of Food Resources in Our Area
Douglas County Chamber of Commerce Business Resource Page

Food Finder (A Safe Way to Find Food Assistance Near You)
GPB Resources & Schedule for Instructional TV Programming
Douglas-County-To-Go Facebook Page from Douglas County Chamber of Commerce with Updates on Local Business Hours, Etc.
Food Stamp and Medicaid Assistance
Division of Family & Children Services
Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT)
Those without internet access can contact the DFCS Customer Contact Center at 877-423-4746 for additional information or to request a paper application. 

School Social Workers

If you need assistance locating resources, you may reach out to the school social worker assigned to your child's school. For a list of school social workers and their contact information, please click below.

School Social Workers Contact Information and School Assignment

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