When Dougherty County school starts August 1, the school system wants ALL students to show up.
Typically in Dougherty County, only about 75% of the students show up for the first day of school--- even the first WEEK of school.
So Superintendent Joshua Murfree is enlisting help from churches, in hopes THEY can get parents to take their kids to school on the first day.
"That's why I keep asking faith based to be a part of this, because when they sit down in church Sunday, they can make the announcement, that we'll have open house Sunday and the next day is school."
DCSS will hold a system-wide Open House in each one of the26 schools on the afternoon of Sunday, July, thirty-first. The Open House schedule will rotate to allow parents with children at the different levels time to visit each school in which they have children enrolled.
The schedule is: Elementary - 3:00 pm until 4:30 pm; Middle Schools - 3:30 pm until 5:00 pm; and High Schools - for incoming freshmen parents only - from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.
Ten through twelfth grade high school parents will have a special Open House on September first.
The Bell schedule to begin and end the school day remains as it was last year:
Elementary begins at 8:00 am and ends at 2:30 pm; Middle School begins at 8:15 am and ends at 3:15 pm; and High School begins at 8:45 and ends at 4:00 pm.
Only students who've applied for transportation will be allowed on school buses.
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