DeKalb Schools 2018-2019 Calendar
Dec 21, 2018 – Last Day of 1st Semester
Dec 24, 2018 – Jan 3, 2019 – Winter Break
Jan 7, 2019 – First Day of 2nd Semester
Jan 21, 2019 – MLK Day
Feb 15 – 18, 2019 – President’s Day Weekend
Old Austin Elementary School
April 16, 2019 – The New Austin Elementary School (AES) is on schedule to open January 2020. DeKalb Schools is looking at options to alleviate trailers in the Dunwoody Cluster. The administration is currently looking into using Old AES to that end.
Gym Floor Space By High School
April 11, 2019 – Dunwoody High School and Lakeside High School have some of the smallest gyms in the school district. How can we in good conscious pack our schools with students without providing them the proper facilities?
1,000 More Seats Are Coming to Dunwoody HS
April 9, 2019 – Adjusting for the latest enrollment projections, the school district will now be adding 1,000 seats to Dunwoody High School (DHS). This is just insane … but it’s the plan. Dunwoody HS enrollment is expected to exceed 2,300 by 2021.
Employee Compensation Update
March 30, 2019 – Over the last couple weeks I have received many questions. I asked the administration to confirm the answers to the two most commonly asked questions. Let me know if you have any more thoughts or questions.
Expected 2019 Graduation Rate
March 13, 2019 – DeKalb Schools graduation rate is expected to increase again to 77%. DeKalb Schools is approaching the state’s high school graduation rate which rose to 81.6% last year.
State Attorney General Not A Fan of Mini Sessions
March 10, 2019 – The budget for DeKalb Schools E-SPLOST projects is in trouble. DeKalb Schools Board of Education is having illegal, behind closed doors, meetings to discuss the E-SPLOST project budget assessment and hear new planning options.
New Visitor and Volunteer Policy
March 7, 2019 – DeKalb Schools administration has been revising the Visitor and Volunteer policy since last year. They continue to accept, evaluate and incorporate feedback.
Call For Independent Auditor and Ethics Officer
March 1, 2019 – The school district has proven time and time again that it cannot police itself. I’m calling for an independent ethics officer and in independent internal auditor. I am also calling for a review of all current contracts and an in-depth fraud investigation by an outside expert.
Employee Compensation Update
February 27, 2019 – Last year, Management Advisory Group (MAG) completed a Salary and Compensation Study for the DeKalb County School District. DeKalb Schools is going back to the drawing board for classified staff, everyone not certified. Superintendent Green has reached out to Gwinnett Schools to enlist their help.
Procurement Assessment Indicates Fraud
February 26, 2019 – DeKalb Schools recently completed a cursory assessment of its procurement process. It indicated that ethics and integrity in the procurement process is practically non existent.
Enrollment Forecasting – How Does That Work
February 21, 2019 – DeKalb Schools recently released 7-year enrollment forecasts for the Dunwoody and Chamblee clusters as well as all the other schools in the district. How does the school district forecast enrollment?
Smaller Schools Are Better Schools
February 20, 2019 – Research shows that smaller schools reduce the effects of poverty, are safer, reduce violence, increase parental involvement and student academic achievement.
DeKalb Schools Board Public Retreat
February 15, 2019 – The monthly board meetings rarely provide the opportunity to think, focus and plan the way a retreat can. Retreats can also provide for a wide range of issues that do not necessarily fit with existing monthly agenda items.
Need Input – New Salary Schedules
February 12, 2019 – DeKalb Schools administration is moving fast and furious to correct this issue. I’m trying to get out and vet the documentation as expeditiously as possible.
I could use your feedback.
News Flash – Compensation Letter
February 9, 2019 – Superintendent Green apologizes. Mistakes were made. “We value you”, says Green who has a plan moving forward.
News & Updates – 2/5/2019
February 5, 2019 – There is movement on the TSA lawsuit. I get a few answers from the administration about the Phase II salary schedule implementation. The procurement audit will be released.
Building Additions Vs Redistricting & Consolidating
February 3, 2019 – DeKalb Schools has 6,167 high school seats not being used. Why aren’t we talking about redistricting and consolidating high schools?
Architect’s Preliminary Report Chamblee Charter HS Building Additions
January 29, 2019 – Hussey Gay Bell (HGB) is the Architectural and Engineering (A&E) firm hired to construct a 600-seat, three-story addition to Chamblee Charter High School (CCHS). This week they came out with a preliminary report. No way around it, this project is going way over budget.
Questions – New Teacher Salary Schedule
January 29, 2019 – There has, no doubt, been a lack of communication from the administration on how the new teacher salary schedules will work. The minimal communication in tandem with misleading charts and a complicated system to begin with has lead us to where we are now.
Chamblee Cluster 7-Year Enrollment Forecasts
January 19, 2019 – Chamblee Charter High School is currently right at capacity with 1,722 students enrolled. Chamblee Charter HS is currently projected to have 1979 students by 2025.
Compensation & Classification Salary Adjustments
January 15, 2019 – From the Sharepoint Portal (Word for Word): DeKalb County School District (DCSD) has completed its most recent Compensation & Class Study, mandated by Board of Education Policy GCA.
Update On Phase 2 Salary Steps for All Staff
January 10, 2019 – On Monday, the DeKalb Schools Board approved the Salary Steps for All Staff – Phase 2-2a. Most employees will get a competitive raise and everybody will start stepping again. There are a few hurdles, however, with implementing said raises in a timely fashion.
January 8, 2019 – The New John Lewis Brookhaven Elementary School will be opening Fall 2019 and will have over 500 additional seats of capacity. Here is the Superintendent’s Chamblee Cluster redistricting recommendation.
Dunwoody 7-Year Enrollment Forecasts
January 3, 2019 – DeKalb County School District (DCSD) has updated the long-term enrollment forecasts for each school year from the Fall of 2019 through the Fall of 2025. Even with these conservative estimates, Dunwoody HS (DHS) enrollment is expected to exceed 2,300 by 2021.
2019 Salary Schedules And Comparison
December 29, 2018 – DeKalb Schools will implement a new salary schedule starting January 1. It will be discussed and voted on by the board on January 7th in time for January 15th checks. Here are the new teacher and counselor salary schedules and how they compare to the other Metro Atlanta school districts.
New Step Structures for DeKalb Teachers
December 24, 2018 – In June, DeKalb Schools board approved the plan for DeKalb teachers to get a 2.5% raise and start stepping. The administration has neglected to communicate with the teachers the Phase II raise they are supposed to receive in January. There are a number of open questions. Here is what we know.
November 29, 2018 – Now that the 2018 data is out, the school district met individually with school board members to review the data and scores. In these meetings, the administration discussed their focus and methodologies for improving future scores.
Chamblee Redistricting Options – Meeting 3
November 27, 2018 – The New John Lewis Brookhaven Elementary School will be opening Fall 2019 and will have over 500 additional seats of capacity. These are currently the two redistricting options being considered. Public meeting tonight to discuss.
College Admissions 101
November 11, 2018 – Planning on going to college? Some insight into some of the mysteries of college admission. For the majority of colleges, Grades & Strength of Schedule is the most important factor. Many colleges will recalculate your high school GPA- most focus on core GPA.
Graduation Schedule – DeKalb Schools Class of 2019
November 2, 2018 – Currently the school district is planning on having graduation ceremonies in the middle of the Summer. That’s understandably not going over very well with the parents. Here’s the current schedule for 2019 graduation ceremonies.
DeKalb Schools 2018 CCRPI Scores
October 29, 2018 – The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) earned a score of 70 in the Georgia’s 2018 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) assigns grades of A–F to schools based on the CCRPI score. GOSA terms schools “failing” if the CCRPI score is less than 60.
Visitor and Volunteer Policy – Part II
October 25, 2018 – A committee has been meeting to review all of the feedback and to make substantial revisions to this proposed policy. Here is a FAQ from the feedback received.
Chamblee Redistricting Options – Meeting 2
October 24, 2018 – The New John Lewis Brookhaven Elementary School will be opening Fall 2019 and will have over 500 additional seats of capacity. These are currently the two redistricting options being considered. Public meeting tonight to discuss.
Make Chamblee Charter HS Better Not Bigger
October 22, 2018 – DeKalb Schools is planning on constructing a 600-seat, three-story addition to Chamblee Charter High School (CCHS). The architect has provided two options for the addition. One requires a land purchase and one does not.
Free Speech … For Some … Part II
October 17, 2018 – Russell Brooks has a son at Chamblee Charter High School and received a call recently that his son was going to be suspended for four days for wearing a sticker calling for the firing of the principal. It would seem that the school district only defends speech they agree with and calls all other speech disruptive.
DeKalb Schools Visitor and Volunteer Policy
October 2, 2018 – A DCSD team recently began investigating best practices related to volunteer engagement. I believe this proposed policy as written will kill volunteer participation at most schools. What do you think?
DeKalb Schools 2018-2019 Calendar
Oct 4 – 8, 2018 – Fall Break
Nov 6, 2018 – Teacher Workday
Nov 20 – 24, 2018 – Thanksgiving Break
Dec 21, 2018 – Last Day of 1st Semester
Dec 24, 2018 – Jan 3, 2019 – Winter Break
Make Lakeside HS Better Not Bigger
September 25, 2018 – Can anybody tell me how adding 750 seats and squeezing 2,400 students like sardines into Lakeside High School will be good for anybody in that community? EducateDeKalb.org is spreading the word.
2018 Graduation Rates
September 19, 2018 – The four-year graduation rate for DCSD’s Class of 2018 was 75 percent, an increase from the 2017 graduation rate of 74 percent.
Redistricting For Schools in Chamblee & Brookhaven
September 6, 2018 – The New John Lewis Elementary facility will be opening Fall 2019 on Skyland Drive in Brookhaven. Three meeting redistricting process for schools in Chamblee and Brookhaven will start this October.
News & Updates
August 30, 2018 – News and updates on DeKalb Schools sues Atlanta over Emory area Annexation, Chamblee High School Football, Updated Georgia Law – Passing a School Bus, Bus Drivers, and DCSD offers free GED Program
Delay in New Austin ES Opening
Aug 24, 2018 – The DeKalb Schools Operations Division was informed last week that we are experiencing a delay in the opening of the new Austin ES. This has shifted the opening of the school from August 2019 (start of the first semester of 2019-2020 SY) to January 2020 (start of the second semester of 2019-2020 SY).
School Readiness Report 2018-2019
Aug 22, 2018 – First day of school was a couple weeks ago. Here is an overview of what we are looking at in DeKalb Schools this year.
GOP Governor Runoff
Kemp has the Mo
July 21, 2018 – Both Hunter Hill, who finished third, and Clay Tippins, have endorsed Brian Kemp. Georgia Speaker Pro Tem, Jan Jones, has also endorsed Brian Kemp. Of course, Nancy and I endorsed Sec. Kemp quite early on in this run-off and did so on the basis of his character and commitment to the people of Georgia.
DeKalb Teachers Get a 2.5% Raise
July 16, 2018 – 2.5% across the board pay raise for Classified staff to include the following: Bus Drivers, Custodians, Food Service Workers, Nurses, Bus Monitors, Paraprofessionals/Teacher Aides, Bookkeepers in the school, Campus Supervisors, Secretaries in the schools, Clerks in the schools, Interpreters in the school …
July 2018 – Principal Report
5 – Open Principal Vacancies
22 – New Principals
13 – Open Assistant Principal Vacancies
11 – New Assistant Principals
Chamblee German Teacher Controversy
July 6, 2018 – Up until just recently, Herr Uwe Neuhaus taught German teacher at Chamblee Charter High School. He is arguably one of the most academically effective high school German teachers in the country.
New And Open Principal Report
June 15, 2018 – School starts on Aug 6, 2018. It is vital that we have qualified leadership at every school.
15 – Open Principal Vacancies
5 – Open Assistant Principal Vacancies
11 – New Principals
Dr. Donnie Davis
New Peachtree Charter MS Principal
June 12, 2018 – With over 10 years of professional experience as an educator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, Donnie Davis began his career as a classroom teacher and has held a variety of roles since then as a building level administrator.
TSA & Annexation – Legal Update
June 6, 2018 – Two big legal updates. The TSA summary judgement for the school district has been reversed in part and vacated in part. The school district is also taking legal action against the city of Atlanta over the annexation of Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control.
School Councils Are Now Principal Advisory Councils
May 3, 2018 – School Council from here on out will be referred to as Principal Advisory Council (PAC). DeKalb Schools administration has decided that PACs will now operate under the control and management of the DeKalb County School District.
City of Brookhaven Not a Fan of Briarcliff HS Site
April 26, 2018 – The Brookhaven City Council is not a fan of the school district’s current plans for the new Cross Keys Brookhaven High School.
Support for DCSD Bus Drivers
April 25, 2018 – DeKalb Schools would like to set the record straight. They sent out a Bus Driver Fact Sheet to the community discussing how they have supported bus drivers over the years. This is the abridged version of the 4 page document
FY 2019 Preliminary Budget
April 23, 2018 – Last week Superintendent Green presented the administration’s first swing at a FY 2019 GENERAL FUND BUDGET. Revenues are expected to go up by $50 million to $1.063 billion. The administration is asking to increase expenses by $60 million to $1.080 billion.
DeKalb Bus Driver Sick Out
April 18, 2018 – Might be a walk to school day tomorrow. DeKalb Schools bus drivers may be sick Thursday and Friday, April 19-20.
Location of New Cross Keys Brookhaven High School
April 18, 2018 – The DeKalb County Board of Education voted to build the new Cross Keys HS at the former Briarcliff HS site this past Monday at the monthly board meeting. The 26.7 acre site includes the temporary John Lewis ES and North DeKalb stadium parking areas.
Where to Build the New Cross Keys Brookhaven High School
April 13, 2018 – $85 million was budgeted for a New Cross Keys HS at the former Briarcliff HS site (or cost-neutral alternative site). A majority of the new Cross Keys High School population will live West of I-85 plus students from Sagamore and/or perhaps Oak Grove.
Policy Input – Magnet Students Participate in Sports
April 9, 2018 – DeKalb Schools administration is requesting the board to allow students enrolled full-time at DeKalb Early College (DECA), DeKalb School of the Arts (DSA) or Arabia Mountain High School, to participate in competitive interscholastic activities at their regularly zoned school.
Dunwoody HS Trailer Park
March 30, 2018 – Dunwoody High School (DHS) will be a trailer park until at least 2022. This Summer a new 4 classroom quad with bathrooms will be placed next to the picnic tables.
Metal Detectors at YOUR School
March 22, 2018 – A Lakeside High School parent sent me this email concisely delineating the issues many people have with metal detectors at our schools.
Building Additions – Project Plan and Schedule
March 21, 2018 – The SPLOST V building additions at Lakeside HS (LHS), Chamblee Charter HS (CCHS) and Dunwoody HS (DHS) will be “classroom additions and necessary core space additions and/or parking spaces”. But what does that really mean?
Student Protests Wednesday – County by County
March 12, 2018 – School districts across the country are planning for a student walk out this Wednesday March 14. Gwinnett Schools cautions school districts about setting this type of precedent.
School Safety – What’s the Plan?
February 25, 2018 – Six people were arrested at one school in one day in two different incidents. What’s the plan to keep our schools safe?
News & Updates
February 23, 2018 – News and updates on Sniffing For Safety, Metal Detectors, Peaceful Protest, Gun Control Protests, Atlanta is Wakanda, Virtual Learning – Make Up Days, Legislative Update
DeKalb Schools New Hires
February 22, 2018 – DCSD has a new Chief Human Capital Management Officer and a new Data Analyst IV. Varying people have been filling in since the last HR Chief stepped down nearly a year ago.
Mega High School Construction Update
February 10, 2018 – We don’t seem to be building high schools that can adequately accommodate its student population. New education specifications are expected by the end of March 2018. COO, Joshua Williams, give us an update.
Virtual Learning Make Up Days
February 8, 2018 – Of the 21,075 completed surveys, approximately 63% selected virtual learning as the preferred option to make-up the inclement weather days. Teachers will provide students with a virtual assignment that is content-specific and relevant.
Adequate Space Requirements
For Mega High Schools
February 2, 2018 – DeKalb Schools is adding seats in North DeKalb and is entering the era of Mega Schools. The new Brookhaven Cross Keys high school will have a capacity of 2,500 students. Surely a school with more students will need more common spaces.
Student Chromebooks – Update
January 31, 2018 – Last June, the DeKalb Schools Board approved over $27 million for the purchase of a laptop, software and accessories for each and every DeKalb Schools student and teacher.
Survey – Making Up Days Lost to Inclement Weather
January 25, 2018 – Please complete the short survey about the make-up day options. This is not a vote but rather an opportunity to receive input from all stakeholders to determine the best option for our students and families.
Lakeside HS Council
Not A Fan of the Building Additions
January 24, 2018 – To balance out the racial diversity and socio-economics of the student populations attending Lakeside HS as well as evenly distribute the students from the lengthy Buford Hwy Corridor, the E-SPLOST V Project List includes a 750-seat, 38-classroom, two-story addition to Lakeside High School (LHS).
DeKalb Schools Make Up Days
January 23, 2018 – The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will make up two of its three inclement weather days on Feb. 16 and March 9. A survey will be presented for options on making up the other two days.
DeKalb Schools 2018 – 2020 Calendar
January 15, 2018 – Each school year, DeKalb County School District convenes a group of stakeholders to form a committee charged with exploring calendar options. Here are DeKalb Schools calendars over the 2018 – 2020 school years.
Which DeKalb Schools Are Beating The Odds
December 22, 2017 – Beating the Odds is a statistical analysis that compares a school’s actual performance on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) with the performance of schools with similar characteristics across the state. Schools that perform higher than similar schools are considered “Beating the Odds.”
Protesting Cheerleaders at DHS – The Whole Story
December 17, 2017 – A black cheerleader was auto cropped out of a cheerleader squad picture when the photo was auto formatted for printing by an online system. Some students sprung into action blaming the cheerleader squad for an intentional action demonstrating racial bias. A protest for this non-event is planned for tomorrow morning and sanctioned by the school district.
2018-2020 Calendar Options
December 15, 2017 – The DeKalb County School District’s Calendar Committee is exploring calendar options to align with other similarly sized districts in close geographic proximity.
Emergency Weather – What’s The Plan?
December 8, 2017 – When severe weather creates hazardous conditions in DeKalb County, regular school scheduling may be altered or suspended.
Atlanta & Atlanta Public Schools Annexing DeKalb
December 2, 2017 – If Atlanta annexes the Druid Hills area should the families in the annexed area attend Atlanta Public Schools? Should the school real estate property in the annexed area go to Atlanta Public Schools too? The law says YES, but DeKalb Schools Superintendent says NO!
Kids Doc on Wheels Medical Van
November 29, 2017 – DeKalb Schools is partnering with physicians to provide access to medical services at some schools via a new mobile health unit. A number of South DeKalb schools will participate in the first phase of this initiative.
2017 Turnaround, Priority & Focus Schools
November 27, 2017 – Turnaround Eligible Schools replaces the “Chronically Failing Schools” expression that GOSA used in prior years. This is the list of DeKalb Schools 2017 Turnaround, Priority & Focus Schools.
Class of 2018 Graduation Ceremonies Schedule
November 17, 2017 – All high school graduations will be held during the week of May 21-26, 2018 at the Georgia World Congress Center. This is the second year to have graduation ceremonies at the GWCC. Last year the ceremonies were on time, air conditioned, streamed online with great production value … and it better be for $300K.
2018-2020 Calendar Update
November 15, 2017 – DeKalb Schools is in the process of putting together the school calendar for the next couple years (2018-2020 calendars). Here is an update in that process and what other Metro Atlanta school districts are doing.
Turnaround Eligible Schools Trends
DeKalb Schools 2015 – 2018
November 13, 2017 – The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement calculates an annual Turnaround Eligible Schools list. Within the last couple of years, DeKalb Schools has created a Student Support and Intervention Division. 1 school was added and 10 schools were recently removed from this list.
DeKalb Schools – Free Speech….For Some?
November 10, 2017 – DeKalb Schools might have a consistency problem with the First Amendment.
We received a phone call from the principal of the middle school this morning informing us that Jaxon was not allowed to wear an FNN-Fake News Network shirt.
Adding Classrooms is Only Part of the Soluion
November 8, 2017 – Angela Maki is an involved member of the community with children attending the Lakeside cluster. On Monday she relayed to the board of education that classrooms alone are an inadequate solution to overcrowding. She wants to know what the school district is going to do about expanding PE facilities, locker rooms and office space, etc …
DeKalb Schools Enrollment Capacity Data
November 7, 2017 – The only elementary school in the Dunwoody cluster with a growth in enrollment was Dunwoody Elementary. Huge growth at Dunwoody High School. Very little enrollment growth in Chamblee Cluster. There is a dramatic decrease at the Cross Keys Cluster elementary school level.
Concerns about Lakeside HS Expansion
November 4, 2017 – Various residents and civic associations have caught wind of the 750 seat expansion project and are doing the research the school district should have done in the first place. After doing some of their own research, they wrote a letter to county and school leadership voicing their concerns.
DeKalb Schools 2017 CCRPI Trends
November 3, 2017 – Scores are up across the state. DeKalb Schools is at the top of the performance increases in the Metro Atlanta area. DCSD’s score is 69.9, up from 66.6 last school year. Georgia’s CCRPI score is 75, a 1.4 point increase since 2016
DeKalb Schools Extends Days in November
October 23, 2017 – This will allow DCSD to recover three of the four days lost to Irma. The district will waive the fourth day. We will be off for Thanksgiving and Winter Break as regularly scheduled.A DeKalb Schools teacher was motivated to send their thoughts about the make up schedule to me so that I might share with you.
2017 DeKalb Graduation Rates
By High School & Demographic
October 17, 2017 – DeKalb School graduation rate climbed nearly 4 percentage points in 2017 to 74%. The Hispanic population continues to struggle at Chamblee Charter HS (55.9%) and Dunwoody HS (55.4%).
Emory Annexation and DeKalb County Schools
October 16, 2017 – “Emory University and some adjacent entities (e.g. CDC and CHOA) have requested annexation into Atlanta. After initial opposition by the DeKalb County Government, the city and county have reached agreement on selected issues and the county commission voted to support the annexation. What remains as an open issue is what school government (Atlanta or DeKalb) will have jurisdiction in the annexed area.” –Marshall Orson
Students Kneel During National Anthem
October 13, 2017 – The girls at Cedar Grove High School in DeKalb County took a knee before their playoff game. “Basically right now, the flag doesn’t’ mean what it’s supposed to, to me.” a student said.
Teaching Sexual Behavior Standards At School
October 12, 2017 – What is the role of public schools? A controversial sixth-grade homework assignment on sexuality has some parents reevaluating the school district’s curriculum.
Make Up Days – Public Input
October 3, 2017 – The DeKalb Schools administration is now soliciting input from principals, teachers and school councils on the option to make up an additional 1 or 2 days beyond Nov 7 and the extended October days.
Plan B – Make-Up Schedule
September 28, 2017 – DeKalb County School District to adjust make-up days schedule following additional collaboration and outreach
September 22, 2017 – DeKalb County School District to extend school days by 20 minutes from October 2 to December 20.
September 15, 2017 – DeKalb Schools was closed for 4 days. What is the plan to make that time up? Here is the law and our options as I see it.
DeKalb Schools is Back in Business
September 14, 2017 – All schools and offices in the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will reopen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. All extracurricular activities, and sporting events will be held as scheduled.
School Recovery Report – DeKalb Schools
September 13, 2017 – All schools and offices in the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will remain closed on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. Employees are not to report to work. 32 remaining schools without power.
Detailed Status Report – DeKalb Schools
September 12, 2017 – Members of the Operations staff and Public Safety surveyed DeKalb School properties to note issues that might impede school opening.
News & Updates – DeKalb Schools
September 10, 2017 – DeKalb Schools news and updates on Hurricane Irma, 2017 ACT Scores, Superintendent’s Statement on DACA, and more.
Google Classroom Vs VERGE
September 8, 2017 – Can somebody help me understand why DeKalb Schools is blocking access to Google Classroom? Half a dozen schools in DeKalb adopted it school wide and it was just recently blocked by the school district with no warning.
Where Is The New Cross Keys HS Going
September 5, 2017 – Where is the new Cross Keys HS going and how much is it going to cost? Dan Drake is the Executive Director Of Operations for DeKalb Schools. He answers some questions about the current state of the new Cross Keys HS project.
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