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Monday, August 28 was the first day of the 2023–24 school year (on the Durham Public Schools’ traditional calendar). Here are a few tips for parents/guardians/grands so they can help their children flourish:


  • You’re invited to use Canvas and set up an Observer account so you can keep up with your child’s course activities. Click here for more information.

  • A great way to get updates and stay up to date with Durham Public Schools policies, programs, and resources is to download the DPS app on your phone, Click here to download it from the App Store and here from the Google Play store; search for “Durham Public School App.”

  • You only have 30 days after the beginning of the school year to make sure that your child gets required vaccines. Click here to see the NC Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health’s required immunizations by grade level. 

  • Learn about before- and after-school programs and fee schedules by clicking here.

  • Does your child take a school bus to school and back home? Get real-time information and track school bus location and arrival time by downloading the Edulog Parent Portal app. Click here to download from the App Store and here from the Google Play store. Don’t forget to make sure that your child arrives at their bus stop at least 5 minutes early.

  • Stay connected to your child’s teachers and school by downloading the PowerSchool Parent Portal app. You’ll be able to monitor your child’s grades, attendance, and other information. Click here to download from the App Store and here from the Google Play store.

  • Take a look at the monthly menu (breakfast, lunch, snacks) for DPS students by clicking here.

  • If you’d like to apply for free/reduced lunch for your child, click here.

  • You can add money to your child’s lunch account by clicking here.


Research Triangle Charter Academy (2418 Ellis Rd) invites parents and guardians to have Coffee with the Principal on Tuesday, September 19, 8:15–9am. Learn how to stay informed about school updates and notifications, share your feedback, and ask questions. Click here to register.


The North Carolina Down Syndrome Alliance will host a Transition to Pre-K Recap on Tuesday, September 19, 7:30pm. This session will go over information given in past sessions that provided information on the preschool special-education process and how to create an IEP (Individualized Education Program/Plan) and work with school staff to help your child thrive. Click here for the Zoom link and to learn about other resources offered by the Alliance.

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Durham Public Schools’ DPS Family Academy will start up again when school starts. Speakers provide helpful information and tips for parents/grands/caregivers of DPS students to help them thrive in the school environment. Follow the DPS Family Academy on Facebook.

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