Re-Opening Plan

SDES Re-Opening Plan
Posted on 08/19/2020

To all SDES parents:

I hope all of you received the great news!  Elementary school students who wish to participate in Traditional Learning (in the school-classroom instruction) will return on Tuesday, September 8th. It will be great to have students back. They have been missed! We have been working diligently to establish new safety procedures for our staff and students. Visitors will not be allowed in the building.

Following is the schedule for the Douglas County Elementary School re-entry plan. Please keep in mind that plans can and will be modified depending upon the spread of COVID-19 in the community, a building or a classroom.

August 17 – September 4             Students will receive digital instruction.

*September 8        Elementary students who selected the Traditional Learning model will return to school for in-person instruction Tuesday through Thursday, with online lessons from home on Friday. After the week of Labor Day, students will attend school for in-person instruction Monday through Thursday. Students who signed up for School-Based Digital Learning (SBDL) will continue to receive online instruction at home. If you chose Traditional Learning but would like to remain SBDL (Digital), please let us know so we can plan accordingly.

Please note the following details:

  • Custodians will deep clean all buildings on Fridays while students participate in online lessons from home (no students or staff in the school building on Fridays).
  • Students will have the option of SBDL (Digital Learning) Monday through Friday for the entire school year.



Please also note that the Douglas County School System has changed guidance regarding face coverings. Students, staff members and guests are now required to wear a face covering when on a school bus or in a school building. We will continue to follow guidance from local and state public health departments, and we will add protocols as needed to enhance safety.

The Elementary School day will start at 7:40 and conclude at 2:25. Car riders can be dropped off, in the car rider line only, from 7:00 a.m. until 7:35 a.m. Student and staff temperatures will be taken when entering the building. Parents will be notified if a student has a temperature at any point during the school day. We ask that all students be in their classrooms at 7:40 for instruction to begin. Students entering the classroom after 7:40 are considered tardy. For students choosing to continue digital learning the school hours will be the same as traditional (7:40-2:25).  ASP (After School Program) will also start on September 8th. Registration for ASP is to be completed on-line prior to staying in ASP.

*** It is essential that we know how your child will be going home each day (car rider, bus or ASP).


Bus Rider Information

Please log on to the DCSS Transportation website  to obtain your bus number (bus routes and bus numbers have changed). We need to know what bus your child will be riding each day. If you have questions concerning bus routes, please call 770-651-2400. We will put your child on the bus number you provide, so please check and make sure it is the correct bus. Teachers will be contacting you to obtain this information.

We encourage everyone that will ride the bus to click on this link  to download the “Here Comes the Bus” app.  Our district code is 79003.

Car Rider Information

All car riders will be picked up through the car rider line. Parents should not enter the building to pick up a car rider. The school issued car rider sign should be displayed in the front window. These will be distributed on the first day in the car rider line. Please be patient during car rider pick up. It does take a few days for students to pick up on the procedures. Car rider pick up will begin at 2:25 each day.

After School Program

Our After School Program (ASP) will be offered from 2:25-6:00.  Fee is $8.00 per day.  You must register at and pay your family registration fee to be enrolled in the program. 

Changing Transportation

If you need to change your child’s transportation please send a note or notify the front office before 1:30.  We are sending transportation passes to the classrooms for all students at 1:45.

Morning Drop off

The building will be open at 7:00 for student drop off.  We will not have morning ASP care.  Upon arrival, students will go straight to their classroom.

Student Check-in

Students who are not in their classroom at 7:40 are considered tardy.  Parents will ring the buzzer and office staff  will meet you at the front door to sign your child in as tardy.

Student Check-out

Students should not be checked-out after 1:50.  If you need to check your child out during the school day, please notify the school office a few minutes before you arrive.  Students will be called to the office and we will meet parents at the front door to be signed out.



Breakfast and Lunch

Students who eat breakfast at school will pick up their breakfast and take it to their classroom.  Breakfast is served from 7:00-7:30.  Lunch will be picked up in the cafeteria and eaten in the classroom until further notice. 


Important Information

  • Water fountains will not be available.Please provide your child with a water bottle daily. Water should be in the bottle.There are sinks in classrooms to refill water bottles.Label all containers with the student’s first and last name.
  • Supplies will not be shared.Please send your child with their own personal set of supplies labeled with the student’s first and last name.
  • Face coverings are required.Please make sure to label coverings with your student’s first and last name.
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own personal hand sanitizer. Sanitizer will also be available at school for student use.
  • Talk to your child about protocols that will be followed at school - mask wearing, handwashing, and social distancing.
  • When chromebooks/laptops are to be used in the classroom, students should bring their school issued device to school fully charged. Students that opted out of checking out a device will be provided one to use here at school.
  • All students will be digital on Fridays until further notice.We will send our Friday digital plan to parents before September 8.
  • We will do our absolute best to social distance students in all areas.
  • Please note that for students choosing to continue digital learning, the school hours will be the same as traditional (7:40-2:25). Students will log in at 7:40 and be a part of the classroom virtually. Lessons will be recorded to view in the evenings for students that are unable to log in during the school day.


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