Rock Chapel Newsletter

January 2021

A Message From Principal Green

Happy New Year Rock Chapel Family!

During the board meeting held on Monday, January 11th Superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris shared that the school district is delaying the return to school for students due to the increasing COVID 19 cases. Students will not return to face-to-face instruction on January 19, 2021. A two-week notification will be sent out to parents before the district reopening for students. Parents, please note the following dates:

  • No school for students on January 14th, 15th (Teacher workdays), and January 18th (MLK Jr. Holiday).
  • Students return to virtual classes on a bell to bell schedule Tuesday, January 19th. Please have them logged in online by 7:45 a.m.
  • MAP Testing will begin on Wednesday, January 27th for Grades 3-5.

Please continue to remain safe and healthy and know that we appreciate all that you do.

Thanks, Lisa Green, Principal

DeKalb County Schools

Rock Chapel Elementary School

Phone: 678-676-3802

"Together We Rise"

Important Events

Jan 04 - Teachers Return to School

Jan 12 - Distance Learning Day For Students

Jan 13 - Independent Learning Day For Students

Jan 13 - Last Day of First Semester

Jan 15 - Calendar Reduction Day (No School)

Jan 14 - Teacher Workday (No School)

Jan 18 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)

Jan 27 - Map Testing begins (Grades 3-5)

***Please select the button below for the latest Rock Chapel Rotation Schedule!***

Updated 9 Weeks Rotation Schedule

Updated Rock Chapel Elementary - 3rd 9 Weeks Rotations Schedule. Note: All specials are held in the homeroom class with the exception of P.E.

Superintendent Mrs. Cheryl Watson-Harris PSA - January 13, 2021*

Student Face-to-Face Instruction Delayed !

Based on an increase in COVID-19 cases DeKalb County has delayed re-opening plans and students will not return to face-to-face instruction on January 19, 2021. DCSD considered the indicators identified by the CDC that include the percentage of RT-PCR tests (positivity rate)when deciding to delay or re-open DCSD schools. According to the guidance of the CDC, a positivity rate of 10% or higher puts us at the highest risk of transmission. As of Thursday, January, 13, the positivity rate for DeKalb is 14.9.

A School Board Meeting was held on January 11, and the Superintendent and board members decided to focus on the implementation of school readiness and mitigation strategies.

District operations teams will continue to conduct inspections focusing on implementing school readiness at the building level. These will include:

  • Evaluating our Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and hygiene supplies.
  • Distribution of Cleaning Supplies & Procedures
  • Socially Distant Seating and Space Arrangement
  • Water Access
  • Plumbing and HVAC Systems
  • COVID-19 School Safety Signage

To ensure employee and student safety the district will implement the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) five key mitigation strategies to further reduce the spread of the virus such as:

  • Consistent and correct use of masks
  • Social distancing to the largest extent possible
  • Hand washing
  • Cleaning and disinfecting
  • Contact tracing in collaboration with DeKalb Board of Health

The District will host a virtual town hall for parents with Superintendent Watson-Harris on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Know your state and local COVID Numbers!

For the most information concerning COVID-19 at the state and local level check the following links below.

Georgia Department of Public Health Daily Status Report

  • Check after 3:00 p.m. daily
  • Go to the map of Georgia.
  • Hover over DeKalb County to see the daily statistics.

COVID-19 Cases In DeKalb County

Superintendent's Newsletter

Archived newsletters can be found at the following link:

School Choice Enrollment 2021-2022


DeKalb county students can receive an education at their neighborhood school or apply to attend another school by filling out a school choice application. School choice requests are accepted in an order determined by lottery. To be included in the lottery, DeKalb County residents must apply between January 7, 2021at 9:00 a.m. – February 5, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.

Please select the links below important information:

Open Enrollment Quick Facts

School Programs

2021-2022 School Choice Guidelines

2021-2022 Open Enrollment Calendar

Pre-K Lottery

The Pre-K lottery application for the 2021-2022 school year will be available on Monday, February 1, 2021 and will close on Monday, March 1, 2021. Seats are filled randomly through an electronic lottery process. The lottery drawing will be held on March 23, 2021. Results will be released via email to all applicants. Applicants who are awarded a seat, are to upload remaining documents during the enrollment window of March 29-April 16, 2021. Please click the link below for detailed information.

Applying for the Pre-K Lottery

FAQ for the Pre-K Lottery

Contact Information