Welcome Back To School
  • Welcome Back to the 2021-2022 School Year!


    First Day of School for All Students Grades 1 - 12:

    Thursday, September 2, 2021


    First Day of School for Kindergarten:

    Friday, September 3, 2021 


    First Day of School for Preschool:

    Wednesday, September 8, 2021 (3/5 days)

    Thursday, September 9, 2021 (2 days)


    Below we've collected general Back to School questions and information for all Dedham students as we kick off a new school year, as well as detailed information regarding ongoing safety measures and guidelines in place for our students in light of continued risk from COVID. 

    We are beyond excited that we will be welcoming all our students back into classrooms, in-person to learn with us.  It cannot be understated how challenging the past year and a half was for students, staff, administrators and families.   We persevered, we adapted and now, we can look ahead into a new school year in-person, refocused on student achievement, growth, potential and improvement.


  • COVID Safety Consent Forms

We hope this site provides some helpful information and answers to ensure that your student and family have the information they need for a successful first day and school year. Please check back as we are regularly updating information.

DPS Return to School COVID Safety Guidelines

  • Are there any guidelines or quarantine restrictions for students who have family travel plans?

  • Will students need to wear a mask this year?

  • What guidelines and recommendations were referenced in developing these DPS return to school plans.

  • I have questions, concerns or specific needs regarding my student and COVID safety. Who can help?

  • State guidelines mandate masks for ages 5 and up. What about our PreK students?

  • My student has been fully vaccinated. Why do they still have to wear a mask in school?

  • My student has not yet been vaccinated. Will the school be offering a COVID vaccine clinic?

  • Will students still need to maintain social distance in the classrooms and hallways?

  • Will students have mask breaks?

  • How will DPS maintain building safety & cleaning

  • Will students and teachers be able to work in groups, have school or large group assemblies?

  • How will students and staff be tested for COVID?

  • If my child is determined to be a “close contact” of someone who has COVID - do they still need to stay home?

  • If my child tests positive for COVID and needs to quarantine at home, can they join class online?

  • Are all DPS faculty and staff vaccinated?

General Back to School Information

  • Where can I find my child’s bus route and schedule?

  • How much does a school lunch or breakfast cost? Will lunches still be free for all students this year?

  • Where can I find the 2021-22 School Calendar?

  • How do I update my contact information to ensure that I keep getting regular news, information and updates from the school?

  • Questions or Concerns Regarding Your Student - What Do I Do/Who Do I Call?

  • Where can I find the School Lunch Menu?

  • Does my child get a school issued Chromebook? Where can I get help with my student's Chromebook?

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Last Modified on September 27, 2021