Welcome Back to Face-to-Face

Principal Message

Updates as of March 5, 2021

Free Breakfast & Lunch

Students will receive free breakfast and lunch until the end of the school year. A Grab N Go breakfast and a hot nutritious lunch featuring student favorites will be offered daily. The DCSD school meal menus will be posted here.


Bus Transportation

Bus routes will remain the same this year. Please know there may be substitutes driving buses, so be on time for pick-up and drop-off times. PreK-2 grade students MUST have an adult present at the bus stop for drop-off.


Window to change to F2F

The DCSD window for parents to change from F2F to virtual or virtual to F2F is March 22-April 2nd. The change will begin Thursday, April 29th.


Class size-returning F2F

Students safety is our # 1 priority. DCSD developed a capacity model for schools to align with CDC and DPH for social distancing in the classroom. We are closely monitoring class sizes in order to implement social distancing safely when all Pre-K-5 students return March 29th. We are excited to have many of our students returning F2F, and will be working with our region 1 office and Principal Advisory Council (PAC) to determine a solution. If your child's class is impacted with a large number of students attending F2F, administrators will send notification with the solution to have all students in school and safely social distancing. We appreciate your continued support!



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Desayuno y Almuerzo Gratis

Los estudiantes recibirán desayuno y almuerzo gratis hasta el final del año escolar. Todos los días se ofrecerá un desayuno Grab N Go y un almuerzo caliente y nutritivo con los favoritos de los estudiantes. Los menús de comidas escolares del DCSD se publicarán aquí.

Transporte en Autobús

Las rutas de autobús seguirán siendo las mismas este año. Tenga en cuenta que puede haber sustitutos conduciendo autobuses, así que llegue a tiempo a los horarios de recogida y devolución. Los estudiantes de PreK-2 grado DEBEN tener un adulto presente en la parada del autobús para dejarlos.

Ventana para cambiar de forma Presencial

La ventana de DCSD para que los padres cambien de presencial a virtual o virtual a presencial es del 22 de marzo al 2 de abril. El cambio comenzará el jueves 29 de abril.


Tamaño de clases presencial

La seguridad de los estudiantes es nuestra prioridad número uno. DSCD desarrolló un modelo de capacidad para que las escuelas se alineen con los CDC y DPH para el distanciamiento social en el aula. Estamos monitoreando de cerca el tamaño de las clases para implementar el distanciamiento social de manera segura cuando todos los estudiantes de Pre-K-5 regresen el 29 de marzo. Estamos entusiasmados de que muchos de nuestros estudiantes regresen a de forma presencial y trabajaremos con nuestra oficina de la región 1 y el Consejo Asesor de Directores (PAC) para determinar una solución. Si la clase de su hijo se ve afectada por una gran cantidad de estudiantes que asisten de forma presencial, los administradores enviarán una notificación con la solución para que todos los estudiantes estén en la escuela y un distanciamiento social seguro. ¡Agradecemos su continuo apoyo!


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Bus Transportation

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Return to School (Repeat)


We are excited to welcome back our returning F2F students to school! DeKalb will reopen schools Tuesday, March 9th for Pre-kindergarten-2nd grade. The remaining grade levels 3-5 will start on Monday, March 15, 2021.


For the first three weeks, classes will be organized into two cohorts-Cohort A and Cohort B. Teachers and administrators have reviewed cohorts to align with siblings. Your child's cohort will be sent the week of March 1.


Wednesdays are still reserved for small group instruction, tutoring, appointments for student conferencing, parent conferencing, services, professional learning, collaborative planning and instructional planning.


Students who continue with distance/remote learning will not be assigned to a cohort. Distance/remote learning will continue as usual except for Wednesdays that are reserved for independent learning. If your child is not returning F2F, your routine will remain the same. Some lunch schedules have been adjusted to align with F2F. Teachers are teaching concurrently (F2F and Virtual). This is the first time teachers have ever taught concurrently. Please be patient for the first few weeks.


Return Dates:

Pre-K-2 March 9th


Grades 3-5 March 15 (2 days a week)


ALL grades March 29 (4 days a week)


How do I decide what's best for my child?

We continue to update our virtual open house link to provide parents with all the information needed to make a decision. You can visit the link here. The last day to decide to return is Thursday, March 4.

Planning for Reopening of School (Repeat)

School Tour

We understand some of our new 3 year olds, Pre-K and Kindergarten students have never been in the building, so we want to welcome those families for a school tour. Tours are Wednesday, March 3rd. To ensure we are social distancing, only 1 parent and 1 child can attend the tour of six families at a time. Please reserve here!


We know many families would like to tour, but we have videos that our student school council created. Our school videos are located here!

Class Schedules

In January, the school schedule changed to 8:00am-2:00pm to align F2F and virtual students. Due to the lunch hour, we made another adjustment to individual class lunch times. The minor adjustment ensures F2F students have lunch and recess while virtual students have lunch and their break.

Cohort Calendars

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How to prepare your child for school each day


  • Check temperature & ensure your child is not sick. Sick students should stay home and if someone in the household has tested positive or have been exposed. If your child or someone in your household has tested positive or has been exposed email Nurse Khan at faiza_khan@dekalbschoolsga.org and remain home to quarantine.
  • Students must wear a mask daily that covers the nose and mouth securely.
  • Breakfast is available from 7:00-7:45. Students will eat in the classroom.
  • Your child MAY bring a healthy lunch and snack. Lunch is provided at school.
  • Students should bring a water bottle. Water fountains are closed.
  • Bring individual supplies (see supply list below)
  • Wear school uniform (see below)
  • Make sure your child's teacher knows how your child gets home.
  • Students must bring their fully charged Chromebook and headphones daily. Charge each night! Chromebooks are not kept at school just in case students have a COVID situation and need to attend class remotely.

Drop-Off and Dismissal

Drop-off and Dismissal

The drop-off times in front of the school are below:


Bus riders-6:45am-7:00am

Car riders & walkers 7:10am-7:45am

Tardy bell 7:45am

Morning announcements at 7:45am


Students will enter the front of building & designated staff will assist students to their classrooms or cafeteria for breakfast.

**Visitors are not allowed in the building. A staff member will assist young students to class.


Pick-up/Dismissal

The pick-up and dismissal times are below:


Bus riders-2:15pm-2:25pm

Car riders 2:25-2:45 (front of building after buses)

Walkers (Back door) 2:15pm-2:45pm

*There is no Tiger Time afterschool program


First day of School

Car riders: On the first day of drop off, students will receive a lanyard with a matching parent car rider number. IMPORTANT: Please do not have your child leave the car until you both receive a car rider number.

Walkers: On the first day of drop off, students will receive a lanyard with a matching parent walker number.

Bus riders: Receive a bus lanyard


Please be patient for the first few weeks of school and especially when all students return March 29th.

Supply List

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Uniforms are Highly encouraged for students returning face to face

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions??


When will I find out specifics regarding Huntley Hills Reopening Plan?

Visit our Virtual Open House on our website for the return to school survey, transportation, medication form, videos and much more. Click here!


Will students and staff be required to wear masks once we return for F2F learning?

Yes! If students/staff come to school without a mask, one will be provided to them.


Will After School @ Huntley Hills be offered starting in March?

No, the district is not resuming After School Extended Day Programs.


When students return to school for F2F learning, will students be in school for a full day?

Yes! Here are our school hours below.

7:00am - Students may begin arriving to school

7:10am - Carpool begins

7:45am - Students are tardy

7:45am - 2:10pm - Daily instruction in Reading/Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, Recess, Specials, Lunch

2:15pm - Dismissal Begins

Lunch schedules have been adjusted to align lunch and recess with virtual students lunch and break


Can students in pods return for F2F learning on the same day?

We are unable to fulfill requests for students in pods to return for F2F learning on the same day. To ensure we are following social distancing guidelines and our class sizes stay at the recommended range of 12-16 students, we will only assign cohorts by last names and ensure siblings attend on the same day.


Is my child required to come to school for F2F learning once schools reopen in March?

No. All parents have a choice. You have a choice for your child to remain virtual or return for F2F learning. Please complete the survey to make your decision.

Parents may change their child's instructional mode (F2F or virtual) at the end of every 4.5 week period, which will be April 29th.


Are uniforms required when my child returns for Face-to-Face learning?

We encourage all Huntley Hills students to wear uniforms each day. However, Fridays are Spirit Day. On Fridays, students may wear a tiger house shirt and denim bottoms.


Will DCSD school buses run when school reopens for Face-to-Face learning in March?

Yes, please find a link to bus routes in the Virtual Open House on the HHES website.


My child needs a school-issued chromebook. How can I obtain one?

If your child needs a school-issued chromebook or the one you currently have does not work properly, please notify your teacher and come to the school on any Wednesday between 9am-2pm to obtain a new one.


Who do I contact to obtain a hotspot due to internet connectivity issues?

To obtain a hotspot, please notify your child's teacher and a request will be made with the district IT department. Once the request is approved and the hotspot is delivered to the school, someone will contact you for pickup.


Who do I contact for password resets or trouble accessing virtual learning platforms? If your child needs their password reset or can not access a learning platform, please contact your child's teacher.


How can I order spirit wear or sign up to volunteer?

Please visit our PTA website to purchase spirit wear and to learn how to get involved!

Social and Emotional Learning

March 1 -5, 2021 topics of social and emotional learning lessons:


Back to School Feelings

Lots & Lots of Changes

Coping with Stress

Wearing a Mask Safely

What to Expect When Entering Your School

Thank you for all your support!

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