Activities for the Family

I know some of us may be dreading staying at home, but its important for the over all health of the community. Here are some activities to keep the fun rolling, and the kids entertained.

City of Decatur’s COVID-19 Updated March 13

From The Decatur Minute:

The health, safety, and well-being of our community are our top priorities.  The City’s Emergency Management team is coordinating with and following the guidance of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), DeKalb Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  While essential public services such as Police, Fire, and Public Works are continuing normal operations, certain community events, meetings, and programs are being cancelled and/or rescheduled in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The City’s after-school programs have been cancelled pending the status of City Schools of Decatur, and Active Living programs at Decatur Recreation Center and Ebster Gym have been suspended until future notice.  Decatur Recreation Center, Ebster Recreation Center, Glenlake Tennis Center and the Oakhurst indoor pool are closed. Updates can be found at decaturga.com as they become available.

Update: The tennis courts at Oakhurst Park and Scott Park are open.

For a comprehensive list of community events cancellations, visit the City’s calendar of events at https://www.decaturga.com/calendar.

Other actions that we are taking to protect the ongoing health and well-being of all our community members include:

  • Twice daily cleanings of all city facilities and equipment. Soap and sanitizing gel are available for public use at offices and facilities.
  • Reinforcing CDC disease prevention guidelines and best hygiene practices in all city facilities. Anyone with recent international travel to target areas or with symptoms of illness is encouraged to remain at home.
  • Closely monitoring guidance from the CDC and state health officials and adjusting our plans as needed.
  • Updating continuity procedures for all areas of city service and preparing to implement these procedures should regular operations be disrupted.

As additional information and guidance become available, we will keep you informed as to any changes affecting city services.

Thank you for your continued support and know we are focused on maintaining normal operations with a keen focus on the health and safety of all, while ensuring that we deliver great city services.

Decatur Youth Council “Generational Jig” is February 29

Update- The event has been cancelled.

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February is Love My Bus Month!

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February is Love My Bus Month and all month long the goal is to get students to love riding the bus to and from school. Encourage your child to ride the bus once a week or every day to decrease carpool line traffic around schools and around the City.

The school bus is important not only because it’ safe, cuts down on traffic congestion, and reduces air pollution, but riding the bus is also a time for students to bond with their peers and increases the likelihood that students will arrive at school on time and ready to learn!

School Bus Safety Tips

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Benefits of a Safe Routes to School Program

Did you know that the City of Decatur has had a Safe Routes to School program since 2005? Initially the program was coordinated by volunteer parent committees at each school. However, beginning with the 2008-2009 school year, the Decatur Active Living Division took on the management and development of Decatur’s programs. Each month the parent “Champions” from each school meet with Decatur Active Living staff to share ideas, solve issues, and plan events and programs. We also work with staff from GA Safe Routes to School Resource Center and GA Commute Schools.

On International Walk and Roll to School Day in October 2019, 2556 children (or 64%) walked or biked to school! Our program keeps growing and includes all city of Decatur schools. Students at the high school work with GA Commute Schools to plan their own special walk to school and bike to school days, and even did a carpool day during the 2018-2019 school year.

Walking or biking to school has many benefits, as seen on the info-graphic below.

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Time to Enter the Bike To School Poster Contest

We are encouraging children in grades K – 8 to enter the 4th annual Bike To School Poster Contest. Entries are due at your school no later than 5 pm on March 8. Schools will select their top three entries and submit them to Decatur Active Living to be judged by a special panel of judges. The top 4 posters will receive a gift certificate from Bicycle South and will be invited to a May City Commission meeting to be recognized.

Entry forms are available at the schools, Ebster and Decatur Recreation Centers and online at decaturga.com/srts.

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International Walk & Roll Day is Wednesday: Drive Carefully

Wednesday is International Walk & Roll to School Day so be on the lookout for even more of our city’s schoolchildren walking and biking to school. Slow down and give children (and all pedestrians) the right of way.

In 2017 we had over 2400 children participating in grades pre-k through 8th grade, 60% of the enrollment. This year we expect even more children. If you are a parent, please encourage your child to walk or bike to school.

A special thanks to all of our school champions who encourage children to walk or bike to school. For more information about the program click here.

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City Schools of Decatur First Day- August 1

As the school bells ring around the City Decatur on Wednesday, August 1 remember that many of our youth walk and bike to school.  Decatur has had an active SRTS program since 2005 and keep in mind some of the safety tips2nd place poster listed below:

  1. Drivers slow down and follow the traffic rules in school zones.
  2. Use a crosswalk and obey crossing guards.
  3. Wear a helmet when riding a bike to school.
  4. Use main streets and travel in groups when walking to school.
  5. Talk about bus safety.
  6. Be smart about posting back-to-school first day pictures on your social media.
  7. Get to know the other children and parents in your neighborhood and make sure your children use the “buddy system” when walking to and from school.
  8. If you are in the downtown area notice the new blue logos “Walk Your Wheels”.

Decatur SRTS Facts:

  • Children who walk to school are better behaved and focused.
  • Decatur’s SRTS program includes all of our elementary schools as well as the ELC, the 4/5 Academy and Renfroe Middle School.
  • The City provides 33 crossing guards for our 4.5 square miles
  • Make sure you meet your SRTS Champion and get involved.
  • For more information contact Cheryl.Burnette@decaturga.com or call 678-553-6541.  Gregory.White@decaturga.com or call 678-553-6543.

Have a great school year.

 

Talley Street School Transportation Study

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Come on Out and Support Decatur High Soccer

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