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  • DPS Summer Eco-Explorers Enrichment Program Updates

    Dedham Public Schools has revised plans for their new summer enrichment program, Eco-Explorers, now offering interested students greater schedule flexibility, lower pricing and extending registration to four neighboring towns. The program, which will shift from a full 4-week July program, will now be available on a weekly session basis, providing the ability to choose individual weeks, rather than commit to the full month of July.  In addition to shifting Eco-Explorers to a weekly format, Dedham is also adjusting the pricing to align with current Avery Institute programming costs, making each weekly afternoon session now $80 per week.   Students who register and refer a friend to join them at Eco-Explorers can also benefit from a 10% discount. 

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  • Welcome! Dr. Sara Stetson - Appointed Assistant Superintendent for Student Services

    Dedham Public Schools announced the appointment of Dr. Sara Stetson as the Dedham Public Schools Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, effective July 1, 2022.  Sara was the consensus top choice from a talented field of candidates during her finalist interviews and site visit. We are thrilled that Sara will be able to work with DPS Special Education Director Liza O’Connell in the next few months to coordinate a smooth transition and entry into our district. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Sara Stetson to the Dedham Public Schools community! 

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  • FY2023 School Budget Book Now Available

    On Monday, March 28, Dedham Public School administration and School Committee members will present to the Dedham Finance and Warrant Committee an overview of the District's FY23 Budget Book. The book summarizes the FY23 Budget request as voted by the School Committee on February 2, 2022 . This is an opportunity for FinCom members to pose questions about our budget before they begin their deliberations and vote for what FinCom will support as a final Town Meeting recommendation.

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  • Lit With Words: DHS & Greenlodge Students Connect Via Culturally Diverse Read-Aloud Program

    Learn more about The Lit with Words: Read Aloud Program bringing DHS students to Greenlodge Elementary for a new DEI&J program running from February until April vacation.

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  • New DEIJ Conversation Series Launches at DHS

    On February 14, 2022, Dedham Public Schools launched a new DEI& Conversation Series program at DHS, with the goal of offering students authentic representational voices and experiences.   The first event featured Anthony Valentine of Valentine Inspires KLTR, a motivational speaker for youth on self-esteem, diversity, anti-bullying, self-love, and overcoming obstacles.

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  • NEW! Summer Academic Programming for K-8 Students

    Dedham Public Schools will be providing summer academic programming for interested students entering grades 1-8 in the Fall 2022. The July/Aug program will provide up to 3 hours of access to high quality, engaging academic experiences. Breakfast, lunch and transportation will also be included. Additional details including exact dates, hours and fees are coming soon. If you are interested in this kind of programming, please complete this quick form to help us gauge interest and to get you more specific information as soon as its available.

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  • More About Student Data Privacy at DPS

    Dedham Public Schools privacy and data policies ensure that the District is ethically and legally protecting student safety and student information, including student work. Protecting students from harm--identity theft, harassment, and unauthorized data collection-- are critical concerns. As an educator, it is our job to ensure our students are protected in this manner. Learn more about our efforts here.

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  • NEW! At-Home COVID Testing Program

    Starting on February 7, 2022, Dedham Public Schools will be updating our COVID testing program in accordance with new guidelines and program offerings from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Department of Public Health (DPH). We will be participating in an at-home testing program that will increase testing for students and staff, regardless of vaccination status.  This new at-home testing opportunity is voluntary.   To participate and receive tests, you MUST complete the form and opt-in.  Only those who opt-in will receive tests.  Visit our At-Home Testing Page to learn more and find Opt-In Forms for all DPS Schools.

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  • NEW Covid Protocols & Updates - January 9, 2022

    District leaders have had many discussions over the weekend about how to best plan for the multiple challenges we have encountered. These COVID-19 protocol updates are effective immediately and will be revisited weekly as we navigate the next few weeks: School-based pooled PCR testing will continue for all consented students and staff at all schools this week. Effective immediately, all positive COVID-19 test results for students or staff need to be reported on the DPS Positive COVID-19 Test Result Report Form. Effective immediately, DPS nurses and administrators will no longer be conducting contact tracing for every positive COVID-19 test. Therefore, the “Test & Stay” option for students will be phased out once students currently participating complete their testing cycle this week.

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  • Latest COVID Updates, Answers & Protocols for 2022 Return to School

    In consideration of the rising numbers of COVID cases in our community, the schools will be vigilantly continuing the following measures: Universal indoor masking is still required for all students, staff, teachers, and visitors in all PreK-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. KN95 masks will be available to all staff in January. To the fullest extent possible, schools will maintain physical distance between students within classrooms to reduce transmission risk. All classes will keep seating charts to assist with contact tracing. Families are strongly encouraged to vaccinate and boost their students ages 5 and older. Click above for more FAQs and COVID updates for our District.

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  • Student Feeling Sick? Check the Symptoms List to Determine if a COVID Test Should Be Taken Before Coming to School

    Winter brings lots of colds, flu and illness. Please help us keep students and staff safe this winter. If your student isn't feeling well, they should stay at home. Plenty of symptoms overlap with COVID symptoms, click above for a symptom checklist for Vaccinated and Unvaccinated students.

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  • 47% of DHS Seniors Completed Early Admissions Applications

    Congratulations to the 47% of our Class of 2022 who have already applied to one or more colleges.

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  • DHS Welcomes Guest Speaker - Jennifer De Leon

    On Thursday, Oct. 14, the World Language, Library and English departments welcomed author and guest speaker, Jennifer De Leon. She spoke with a large group of World Language students about the importance of recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month and the many influences Latinos and Hispanics have had on our country.

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  • Congratulations to our Award Winners!

    Dedham Public Schools honored three of it’s educators. Congratulations to the three award winners - Caroline Roy, DHS Chemistry Teacher; Steve Traister, Dedham Athletic Director; and Cindy McGrann, DHS Guidance Counselor.

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  • DPS COVID Testing Consent Form

    These are FREE, voluntary programs for DPS students and staff. We strongly encourage participation, especially for those who cannot yet be vaccinated. Please complete the consent form linked above.

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  • New! Books & Bites - Free Books for Students

    Dedham Public Schools today launched a new 4-week program designed to provide Dedham students of all ages with new, free reading books this summer. The program, developed by Dedham school librarians and coordinated in partnership with the DPS Food Services department, will provide families with the opportunity to pick up free books each week during weekly free meal distribution times.

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  • Dedham Public Schools FY2022 Budget Book Now Available

    The Dedham School Committee unanimously voted to approve this budget request at their meeting on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. The proposed FY2022 budget request returns the focus of Dedham Public Schools operations to our mission of student engagement, inclusion and opportunity. We seek to recover some of the reductions made last year in order to balance the FY21 Budget. Specifically, we need to restart our efforts and commitments to high quality educator professional development, and the continued evolution of our district’s comprehensive investment in district-based special education programming.

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  • Student Spotlight: Jack Y 4th Grader at Greenlodge

    On March 18th, every third, fourth and fifth grade classroom across the Dedham School District got a new soccer ball for recess, thanks to the efforts of Jack Yandresevits, a 4th grader at Greenlodge.

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  • NEW: COVID Quarantine Guidelines

    On Wednesday, March 3 the Dedham School Committee voted to approve revised COVID Quarantine Guidelines for the District. These guidelines allow the option (in non-household exposures) for people who are considered close contacts of a positive COVID-19 case to return from quarantine with testing after as few as 7 days. These revised guidelines follow CDC recommendations and will remain in effect for the District for all students and staff.

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  • NEW: Pooled COVID Testing Program

    Thanks to our staff and students in 1st & 5th grade at Greenlodge Elementary for helping us launch the new COVID-19 Pooled Testing Program. Last week 75 staff and students participated in the testing program. Testing will be rolled out to all Dedham Schools - expanding at Greenlodge this week, then into other schools over the next couple of weeks. See some photos from our first testing participants in action!

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