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      Steps to start off the school year smoothly

      This year presents special challenges for back-to-school in the Dougherty County School System. This Spring the Board of Education approved a School Closure and Consolidation Plan that made necessary the rezoning of all existing school zones. Rezoning is an opportunity for the system to save millions of dollars that will allow DCSS to operate more efficiently and allocate more resources directly to student instruction. Parents need to be made aware of some critical events and dates to assure a smooth start to the 2013-14 school year. July 22-31 -- Student Registration in all schools between 9 am and 2 pm daily Thursday, August 1 -- Open House in all schools 4 to 6 pm for elementary schools 5 to 7 pm for middle schools 6 to 8 pm for 9th graders and students new to high school in all grades Monday, August 5 -- School Begins Beginning bell times 8 am elementary day begins 8:15 am middle school day begins 8:45 am high school day begins

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