Updated 11/17/2020Good morning DPS Family! Yesterday we received guidance from the Macon County Health Department, requesting that all schools in Macon County shift to virtual learning through at least January 15, 2021. Throughout this entire pandemic, protecting the health and safety of our staff, students, and community has been our top priority. We will once again follow the guidance of health experts and stay with virtual learning through January 15.We do continue the planning process for students’ return to in-person learning. But as always, we continue to monitor the health and safety of our entire community as we make decisions on when it will be safe for students to return. As we approach the Thanksgiving and holiday season, I implore you to please take every safety precaution you can – wear a mask, wash your hands, stay home as much as possible, and as difficult as it may be, avoid gathering with people from outside your own household.Thank you for your continued vigilance in protecting our DPS Family and our community.Dr. FregeauSuperintendent, Decatur Public Schools
Students from PreK through 12th grade in Decatur Public Schools will continue to participate in virtual learning only for the remainder of the second quarter of the 2020-21 school year. The second quarter ends on December 18, 2020.
“This was a difficult decision to make, as we know it’s very important to get our students back in the classroom. Nothing can replace the live interaction students get in person with their teachers and their peers,” said Dr. Paul Fregeau, Superintendent of Decatur Public Schools. “However, we also know that the health of our community is an essential factor in making our decision, and right now those health factors don’t support bringing our students back to in-person learning.”
DPS administration continues to work with principals, teachers, and staff to plan for a return to in-person learning, which could happen as early as the beginning of the third quarter on January 4, 2021. However, we will also continue to monitor our community’s health factors to make that determination. An announcement will be made on Friday, December 4, 2020, about third quarter learning.