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Letter from the superintendent on Hurricane Michael

DCSS Students, Parents and Employees,

The events of the last 48 hours have sent us all through a range of emotions. Anxiety, fear, anger, frustration and relief are all palpable as we emerge from what can only be described as a historic and catastrophic storm.

But, if I may, I'd like to suggest that we hold one quality above the rest as we start the cleanup and recovery process: gratitude.

Gratitude that, as of the writing of this letter, no lives in the city nor county were lost; gratitude that hundreds of city, county, state and private workers -- from first responders, city and county leadership and staff to linemen -- have been entrenched in the recovery process since before Hurricane Michael made landfall; gratitude even for life's little graces -- like running water and electricity -- for those of you who may have it, because we now know how easily they can be stripped away.

As you may be aware, after conferring with emergency management officials, based on the current state of infrastructure in Dougherty County, the need to allow utility crews to complete the daunting task of restoring our decimated power system, and to you ensure you have the time you need for you and your families to begin the process of recovery; we have cancelled school for the week of October 15-19, 2018. During this time, if you have needs that we can help with, please don't hesitate to let us know either via messaging the Dougherty County School System Facebook Page, direct messaging us on Twitter or lnstagram or emailing info@docoschools.org. We will continue to coordinate with local officials and will provide more information on possible restart for the following week as information becomes available.

Employees assigned to the Central Administration building downtown, Facilities, Maintenance and Custodial employees are to report on Monday, October 15, 2018, at normal times. As additional employees are needed, you will be contacted by your supervisor with more information.

I encourage you to download the DCSS app on the Apple App Store or Google Play store to stay informed on school matters and stay connected to us via social media and our website.

Finally, please join me in thanking the first responders, utility crews and others involved in the storm recovery process as they work to help return our lives to a sense of normalcy.