DeKalb County Schools quietly publishes plans to expand in-person learning

DeKalb County School District Administration and Instructional Complex on Mtn. Industrial Blvd. in Stone Mountain. Photo by Dean Hesse

DeKalb County, GA — DeKalb County Schools plans to expand in-person learning starting March 29.

If you didn’t hear about that, you’re not alone. The county school district hasn’t made any official announcement. Instead, the school district has published a calendar that shows starting March 29, both the A and B learning cohorts will attend school on the same day, four days a week: that’s Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday with Wednesday being reserved as in independent learning day.

Schools reopened to some students on March 9. It was the first time students have been back in the classroom since the COVID-19 pandemic started. In-person learning was made available to all students as of March 15. Until now, students have been divided into two cohorts: Cohort A and Cohort B. Cohort A attended on Monday and Tuesday and Cohort B attended on Thursday and Friday. That will change on March 29 when both cohorts will be able to attend school in person on all four days.

Families will be allowed to continue learning virtually if they choose.

It’s hard to gauge how well DeKalb County Schools is handling reopening. The school district’s COVID-19 report doesn’t say when cases were reported. The school district opened its doors on March 9. As of March 18, the school district reported 629 staffers and 225 students have tested positive for COVID-19. It’s unclear how many of those cases were reported after schools reopened.

To see the most recent report, click here.

The school district reports that it recently vaccinated 1,704 of its 15,500 employees.

Here’s the full announcement on the teacher vaccination effort from DeKalb County Schools:

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – DeKalb County School District (DCSD) continues to keep our schools safe and reduce the spread of transmission by following CDC mitigation guidance and providing opportunities for our staff to have access to COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. With assistance from the DeKalb County Board of Health (DCBOH) and other health partners, DCSD has vaccinated 1,704 employees since the state adjusted its rollout plan for 1b workers.

DCSD employees have been able to receive the vaccine at DCSD’s Administrative and Instructional Complex, St. Phillips AME Church and Briarcliff Pharmacy. DCSD nurses, who are trained to give vaccine, administered some of the vaccines to employees on March 20 at the Administrative and Instructional Complex.

DCSD will continue to partner with DCBOH, Walgreens and Briarcliff Pharmacy to provide vaccines. The District also encourage employees to explore other opportunities to receive vaccines through the DCBOH, local pharmacies, or their medical providers.

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