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DeKalb's 2020 graduation plans not yet announced. Also: district releases guidance for summer

DeKalb High School May 30, 2018
DeKalb High School May 30, 2018

DeKALB - The DeKalb District 428 school board will on Tuesday discuss a contingency plan for the Class of 2020 graduation, though no details are yet known.

In an email sent to district families Wednesday afternoon, DeKalb superintendent Jamie Craven said end-of-year celebrations will need to be moved to a virtual platform to accommodate Gov. JB Pritkzer's extended stay-at-home order and social distancing guidelines spurred by the coronavirus crisis.

Parents of elementary-aged children are allowed to retrieve their students' personal items from elementary school buildings beginning Monday, May 4 through Thursday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the email states. If parents aren't comfortable doing that, their child's belongings will be bagged, labeled and stored in a central location for a later pickup date in the summer.

All visitors, adults and students, are required to wear a facial covering or mask while on district property, and will not be allowed in otherwise per guidance from the DeKalb County Health Department, the email states. The district will not provide masks or boxes for the child's materials, so families will need to bring their own.

All building principals will send out specific plans, which will include designated pick-up days by grade or last name and specific entry points to the buildings.

Middle and high school students' belongings will be left in their lockers until further notice, the email states.

A plan for final grades for all levels will be sent to parents and families Sunday, the email states, and all final exams have been canceled.

Summer Chromebook checkout will continue, and has been expanded through grades three through 11, the email states. Students in those grades will be allowed to use their Chromebook throughout the summer.

If you'd rather your child did not keep their Chromebook during the summer, the district asks families to return the item at DeKalb high School, 501 W. Dresser Road, by the end of the school year, May 21. Staff will meet you at the front doors between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday until that point.

Families who will have children entering Kindergarten in the upcoming school year will be provided with a Kindergarten Readiness Kit courtesy of a grant through the DeKalb County Community Foundation, the email states. The kits are filled with items and activities for your child to do over the summer.

Kindergarten kits are available for pickup at Chesebro Elementary School. 900 E. Garden St., n the back parking lot from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday. Families will be greeted via drive-up by a staff member.

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