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Over 500 Dekalb County students choose remote learning

Courtesy of the Smithville Review

The DeKalb County School District gave two options for the upcoming school year: traditional in-house or remote learning. Out of 2,873 students enrolled, there were 533 who chose remote learning.

For the five individual schools, the numbers break down as follows:

*DCHS: 824 enrollment (143 remote learners) 17.4%

*DeKalb Middle School: 578 enrollment (109 remote learners) 18.9%

*Northside Elementary School: 573 enrollment (134 remote learners) 23.4%

*Smithville Elementary School: 502 enrollment (83 remote learners) 16.6%

*DeKalb West School: 396 enrollment (64 remote learners) 16.2%

If your children are not signed up for remote learning, they will be expected to be on campus for the first day of school Monday, August 3.

Unlike this past school year, the school district will use the same digital platform for all grade levels and parents should be prepared to understand how to make use of it and to practice its operation with their children.

Director Patrick Cripps has announced that all DeKalb County students in grades K-12 will be provided a Chromebook for the 2020-2021 academic school year for use in the classrooms and at home.

“Every student in the school system will get a 1:1 device to take home. We will expect our teachers to not only communicate with our parents digitally but be prepared to assign lessons through the Edgenuity platform,” said Cripps.

The DeKalb County School District is offering a “Parent Digital University” for those with children in the school system.

Parents are urged to view the videos to better educate themselves on the use of the digital educational platform being offered by the school district in preparation for remote learning from home .The videos will equip you with the tools necessary to help make your child successful in the DeKalb County School System and can be found on the DeKalb County Board of Education web site at

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