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2018-2020 Calendar Options

Please go to this DEKALB SCHOOLS CALENDAR SURVEY to select which calendar works best for you. Please comment below with any thoughts you have.

The DeKalb County School District’s Calendar Committee is exploring calendar options to align with other similarly sized districts in close geographic proximity. All calendar options include:

Calendar Attributes:
• 180 days of instruction for students
• 190 teacher days
• 5 teacher workdays before the first day of school
• Holidays – Labor Day, Martin L. King, Jr. Day, and President’s Day
• Thanksgiving break – one week in November
• Spring Break

2018-2019 Calendar
The recommendation for the 2018-2019 school year is a calendar similar to the current school year’s calendar. The recommendation includes the following:

• Pre-planning Week – July 30 – August 3, 2018
• First Day of School – August 6, 2018
• Last Day of School for Students – May 23, 2019

The major differences are the end of first semester for students, the beginning of second semester for students, and the designated Spring Break. Although there are several possibilities for the fall mini break, the committee will consider the testing schedules and feedback from the survey.

2019-2020
The recommendation for the 2019-2020 school year is a calendar similar to the current school year’s calendar. The recommendation includes the following:

• Pre-planning Week – July 29 – August 2, 2019
• First Day of School – August 5, 2019
• Last Day of School for Students – May 21, 2020


2018-2019 Calendar Options
Go to DeKalb Schools Calendar Survey to select which calendar works best for you.

Option A2018-2019 Calendar Template Option A.pdf

• 3-day fall break in October
• End first semester on Friday, December 21, 2018
• Begin second semester on Monday, January 7, 2019
• 2-day winter break in February 2019

Option B2018-2019 Calendar Template Option B.pdf

• 2-day fall break in October
• End first semester on Thursday, December 20, 2018
• Begin second semester on Monday, January 7, 2019
• 2-day winter break in February 2019

Option c2018-2019 Calendar Template Option C.pdf

• 3-day fall break in October
• End first semester on Friday, December 21, 2018
• Begin second semester on Thursday, January 3, 2019
• 3-day winter break in February 2019

The survey window will close at 11:59 pm on January 3, 2018.

Emergency Weather – What’s The Plan?

Given the escalation of the severity of the weather, we will implement an early dismissal of students and staff today. Also, all extracurricular activities for this evening and tomorrow morning will be cancelled.

Dismissal Schedule:
12:00 pm – Elementary Schools
12:45 pm – High Schools
1:30 pm – Middle Schools

DeKalb County Schools’ primary concern is the safety of all students and employees-those who ride buses, those who walk, and those who are driven or drive their own cars to school. When severe weather creates hazardous conditions in DeKalb County, regular school scheduling may be altered or suspended.

Making Decisions

The final decision for closing schools is made by the Superintendent. The Superintendent consults with an emergency weather team, and is in contact overnight with DeKalb County security specialists (the National Weather Service, the DeKalb County Police Department, DeKalb County Emergency Management, the Georgia State Patrol, and others) who monitor reports of existing weather hazards.

The decision regarding school operations is made prior to 5:00 a.m. and sent through all communications channels. This information is normally broadcast on local radio and television stations by 6:15 a.m. The Communications department informs parents, students, employees and other stakeholders through a variety of channels including:

  • Local news media
  • District website
  • Emails
  • Calling Posts
  • District Mobile App
  • Social Media

Parents are encouraged to monitor local news reports or to contact the local school to find out whether the District has closed in the event of severe weather.