Back-to-School Information

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Welcome to the 2021-22 school year!

Our staff has been hard at work preparing to welcome students back to school. As your family settles into the new school year, this article may be helpful.

Return to School Guidance

How will our schools follow state guidelines and mandates around COVID-19 safety? What will school days look like, and how will it be different from pre-pandemic days? Check out our Return to School Guidance document here. Translations of this document will be added to this webpage as they become available.

Stay Connected

Be sure to bookmark the District website and your school’s individual website. They are good resources to keep you informed throughout the year. Visit your school’s site for contact information, school procedures and important dates. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see more District stories and photos throughout the school year.

The David Douglas School District communicates news, information and emergency notifications through a variety of platforms. Use these options, not only to keep tabs on the latest news but also to ensure your family receives school closure and emergency notifications. Read about these communications and notifications here.

First Week Schedule:

The school year begins September 7th but the first day of school will vary for students. Schools will communicate the details of their staggered start schedule.

Please note: Late start is not occuring on Wednesday, Sept 8. The PLT late start schedule will begin the following week.


The week of August 30, teachers are contacting families to let them know when their first day of school is. Elementary schools have split their student body into three groups based on last name/household. Students will only attend school once during the first three days of school.

Middle School

Tuesday, September 7 – Sixth grade only

Wednesday, September 8 – Seventh grade only

Thursday, September 9 ALL three grades attend

David Douglas High School

Tuesday, September 7 Freshmen & Seniors begin school in person;
Sophomores & Juniors attend school online (asynchronous)

Wednesday, September 8 Sophomores & Juniors attend school in person;
Freshmen attend school online (asynchronous)

Thursday, September 9 All Students in person (A day)

Friday, September 10 All students in person (B day)

Fir Ridge Campus

Tuesday, September 7 First day for all students

Wednesday, September 8 No late start this Wednesday (school starts at 8:20 am)

Community Transition Program

First day is Monday, Sept. 13

School Calendars and Opening/Dismissal times:

View the school year calendars, opening and dismissal times here

Throughout the school year this page can be accessed from the “Our District” website menu

Bus Routes

Visit the Bus Route Information page to look up bus stop location and times.

Throughout the school year this page can be accessed from the “Parents” website menu

School Meals

David Douglas offers both breakfast and lunch to all students in the district. There is no charge for breakfast or lunch for any families during the 2021-22 school year. Visit the Nutrition Service webpage for menus, nutrition information, and updates on meal service.

Throughout the school year this page can be accessed from the “Parents” website menu


If you have a DDSD Chromebook and charger at home, please have your student bring them when they return to school next week.

School Supplies

View our school supplies information page under the parents section of our website. Lists and fees vary depending on the school.

Throughout the school year this page can be accessed from the “Parents” or “Students” website menus

School Board Meetings

David Douglas School Board meetings are held at least once a month, typically on the second Thursday of the month. Oftentimes the board will choose to hold a work session, usually on the fourth Thursday of the month. View the 2021-22 meeting schedule and learn more about the board here.

Throughout the school year this page can be accessed from the “School Board” website menu

The Happenings Newsletter

Keep tabs on upcoming events with the District’s monthly newsletter. Elementary and middle school students bring the publication home with their school menu. Copies of the Happenings can also be found in school offices or on our District website.

Throughout the school year the Happenings webpage can be accessed from the “Community” website menu

Family Resources

Visit our website’s family resource section for a collection of webpages offering a variety of supports and information. Topics include DDSD health & safety protocols, food assistance, vaccine opportunities, financial, health and technical resources.

Throughout the school year the Family resource pages are accessible under the “Parents” website menu and often linked on the District’s homepage.