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A Georgia school district is extending the school day to make up for time lost following Tropical Storm Irma.

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The DeKalb County School District says the day will be extended by 20 minutes every day beginning Oct. 2 until the end of the semester, Dec. 20. Schools also will be open Election Day, Nov. 7, instead of closing.

DeKalb School Board Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green
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Students in the DeKalb County schools will finally go back to class Friday. Schools in the state’s third-largest district have been closed since Tropical Storm Irma hit Atlanta Monday. DeKalb was hit harder than some other areas, like Cobb County, which resumed classes Wednesday.

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DeKalb Superintendent R. Stephen Green said county and school officials worked at "warp speed" to make sure students can safely return Friday.

DeKalb School Board Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green
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The DeKalb County School District has reassigned nine principals for the upcoming school year. That means the former school leaders will have jobs in their last tenured position with the district. That could include jobs as assistant principals, coordinators or even teachers.

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The DeKalb County School District says it will test all of its water sources for lead. Officials say it’s a proactive move and wasn’t prompted by an incident in the school system. DeKalb Superintendent Stephen Green said the district had been conducting random tests, but lately administrators questioned that approach.

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School started this week for some students in the Atlanta area. Students in Gwinnett, Fulton, Clayton and DeKalb counties will head back to campus Monday.

To get the word out Friday morning, DeKalb Schools Superintendent Stephen Green hit the streets ... and the sidewalks.

Green conducted what he calls a “Knock, Walk, and Talk.”

He walked up to residents’ doors, knocked and then talked.

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