• Brady Thomas

DeKalb County Schools Persevere

Updated: Jun 15, 2021

The end of May wraps up the 2020-2021 school year for DeKalb County Schools which includes DeKalb Eastern Schools, Dekalb Central Schools, Garrett-Keyser-Butler Schools, Hamilton Community Schools, St. Joseph Catholic School, and Lakewood Park Christian School. I have worked with these schools in many aspects and feel it necessary to take the time to acknowledge their hard work over this challenging school year.

Everyone has been impacted by the pandemic, whether it be in our personal or professional lives. The educational system from kindergarten to post-high school was profoundly impacted.

DeKalb County Schools can proudly say they made it through 180 days of in-person education! Many schools throughout the state and country cannot say the same. News articles circulated early on about the difficulties the schools would face. Many expected schools to shut down... just as they did to end the 2019-2020 school year. Dekalb County Schools faced an uphill battle.

As a sheriff’s deputy, I have served as a School Resource Officer for DeKalb Central Schools and Hamilton Community Schools. During the course of my duties as a detective, I conduct investigations involving minors, which allows me to work directly with all schools throughout the county. I am friends with school employees and I have friends, family, and co-workers with children who attend various school districts throughout the county. I think we can all be impressed with how well DeKalb County Schools handled the pandemic.

To the teachers, principals, custodians, maintenance crews, paraprofessionals, office personnel, nurses, school district administrators, school bus drivers, transportation crews, technology departments, volunteers, and everyone else who contributed, thank you. Thank you for the extra responsibilities you took to make this year happen. Thank you for the extra hours and dedication to keep our kids safe and healthy. Thank you for making the best out of such a difficult, stressful situation.

To school board members. When you were elected, you did not expect the additional concerns COVID-19 created. I streamed and attended several meetings and work sessions. I witnessed the collaboration, the communication, and the willingness to do what it took to keep the kids in school. The extra time and effort was evident.

Because all of you took on extra stress and work, our county's youth were able to endure a successful school year. It cannot be said enough, thank you for a job well done!