The DeKalb County School District will end the school year early due to the coronavirus pandemic. Graduation ceremonies have been moved to the end of June, but the district has not made a decision on their style.

For grades pre-K through 11, school will end four days early, on May 15. For seniors, school will end May 8.

Post-planning for teachers will be the week of May 18-22 instead of originally planned May 22. The deadline for teachers to post PreK-11 grades is May 20. The week of May 11-15 will be an academic support week for seniors and their teachers. The deadline for teachers to post the senior grades is May 15.

In addition, graduation ceremonies have been moved from the week of May 18-23 to the week of June 22-27. The district is considering two options: a virtual graduation or a hybrid face-to-face with seniors and staff only that would be live-streamed and broadcasted for families and friends. 

A final decision will be made near the end of April or beginning of May, according to a press release. The decision will be based on Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision on sheltering in place and guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health, the DeKalb County Board of Health, the Georgia Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The district has released the End of Year Guide for 2019-2020, which provides information regarding final grade calculations, promotion/retention, summer extended learning opportunities, school year learning recovery opportunities and end of year activities.

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Hannah Greco

Hannah Greco is writer and media communications specialist based in Atlanta.