Decatur County Community Schools

Decatur County Community Schools is offering options with regards to a safe return of students for the 2020–2021 school year. For this school year, we invite you to learn more about our return-to-school plan and our virtual academy using the links below.

Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow

Decatur County Community Schools in southeast Indiana is a community of learners and educators. Our student-centric schools challenge students with a highly relevant curriculum and provide support for their endeavors and dreams within a safe and caring learning environment. We love what we do and are proud of our role in preparing young people for their future. Get to know some of our students, and it becomes obvious what makes us so great, but if that’s not possible, browse our website to learn what we’re all about. 

A Message from Our Superintendent

I would like to welcome you to Decatur County Community Schools. Here at Decatur County Community Schools, we work in partnership with both our families and community to maintain and provide a safe, disciplined, and productive environment where all students are engaged in learning. With an ever-changing economy, our number one objective is to make sure all students have the appropriate knowledge and skills when they start their post high school endeavors. Decatur County Community Schools offer a wide variety of curricular programs and extracurricular opportunities such as:

  • Our high schools offer 22 dual credit classes/80 college credits
  • Project Lead The Way-Principles of Engineering/Digital Engineering/Civil Engineering/Bio-Medical Sciences/Design and Modeling/Robotics
  • Project Lead The Way-Gateway for junior high students
  • Health careers/full certified nursing assistant program
  • National Honor Society
  • Academic honors
  • FFA program with eight different agra business classes
  • Established agriculture program at both high schools
  • Honors art and music programs
  • Archery

Decatur County Community Schools as a district is incredibly proud of the following:

  • 1-1 technology school district
  • 1 of 2 school districts in Indiana certified as “Safe and Collaborative” by Marzano Research
  • Every teacher in DCCS is Highly Qualified by the state of IN
  • Both elementary schools are above state average in math and English/language arts on ISTEP
  • Both Jr/Sr high schools are above state average in graduation rate and college and career readiness

I encourage everyone to go through our website, visit our social media feeds, and visit any of our four award winning schools. What separates Decatur County Community Schools is the amazing staff of caring, hardworking, and student-centered educators that are second to none! At Decatur County Community Schools, our educational philosophy is, “All students can learn, and it is our responsibility to make sure each and every student reaches their potential so they will be successful in life after high school.”

Warm Regards,

Dr. Jarrod Burns

Dr. Jarrod Burns

Return to Learn Plan 2020–2021

Decatur County Community Schools (DCCS) has worked extensively with the Decatur County Health Department to create this return to school re-entry plan. This plan was created so DCCS could safely reopen all schools on time in the fall for in-person instruction. Along with the help from the Decatur County Health Department, we have leaned heavily on the Indiana’s considerations for learning and safe schools (IN-CLASS) document which provides all Indiana districts and schools with guidance for preparing school operations under the current pandemic environment. Per this document, not all districts and schools will be able to address or implement all of the considerations listed.

Governor Holcomb has empowered each school district to consider and evaluate all aspects of returning to school and to develop a re-entry plan that considers the recommendations and addresses local district capabilities while still delivering a quality education.

We will be working closely with the Decatur County Health Department to guide us if we need to make any adjustments during the school year.

We realize our schools play an integral part in our community and with that we have the added responsibility to make sure we are doing everything possible to keep students, staff, and community as safe as we can. We are mindful of how Decatur County had one the highest rates of positive tests and death rate per 10,000 residents in Indiana last spring. If you also factor in that 16.7% of Decatur County residents are 65 years and older, you will understand why DCCS is so committed to the health and safety of all residents in and out of our classrooms.

The steps in our return to learn plan will allow us to not only educate students but keep everyone safe as we navigate through these uncertain times. Please know that we expect revisions to the plan as dictated by circumstances surrounding COVID-19.

Please take a moment to review our return to learn plan in its entirety for more detailed information, and contact us via email with questions about reopening and the 2020–2021 school year.