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May 12, 2020 - Summer COVID-19 Letter to Stakeholders and Visitors HERE


May 8, 2020 - Dawson Springs Class of 2020 Graduation and Parade Plans HERE


April 21, 2020 - Important information from Superintendent Whalen regarding the end of the school year and other updates.  Please click HERE.


From Superintendent Whalen - April 16, 2020

Our regularly scheduled Board of Ed meeting on Monday evening (4/20) will once again be 'virtual' and streamed online on the Dawson Springs Schools Facebook page at 6pm, as it was at our last meeting.  If any citizens or delegations would like anything mentioned, please call the BOE hotline: 270-871-3261


Fellow DS Stakeholders as the COVID19 virus continues to go through and around Dawson Springs, I am going to ask our board on Monday night to make our final NTI day and last day for students Friday, May 1st.  We will have in our required time at that point.  Being home safe is best right now. 

We will continue to serve meals as we have each Monday from 11am - 12pm through April and May.  We will be working on final close of school information and will share it as soon as available.  We hope to have graduation on May 22nd as planned, but that may have to be posponed until a later, safe date.  

- Superintendent Lenny Whalen
- April 14, 2020


Monday, April 6, 2020:

Please see important information from Superintendent Whalen by clicking HERE


Friday, April 3, 2020 -- This is just a reminder that the Dawson Springs Board of Education approved having NTI during spring break week so WE WILL HAVE NTI INSTRUCTION next week, April 6-10.  We will also continue to have meals being served drive-thru style between the elementary and Jr/Sr high school on Monday 4/6 from 11 am to noon.  We will have a lot more information coming out early next week that we anticipate will answer many questions you may have.  At this time we are awaiting some information from Frankfort to finalize some things.


April 2, 2020 Corona Information Update:

Due to technical difficulties we have had to change the location of our streaming of the special Board Meeting tonight at 6 p.m.   The meeting is related to NTI issues and can be viewed live on Facebook on the Dawson Spring Independent School District page at 6pm.  


April 1, 2020 - Letter with info on NTI thru Spring Break, Special Board Meeting, Prom, and Graduation Please click HERE 


Fellow DS Stakeholders:

Due to changing circumstances and most being homebound anyway, we are considering continuing NTI through spring break to complete our required instructional time and get out of school very early in May.

If you dislike this idea, please call me at 270-871-3261

Thank You

- Superintendent Lenny Whalen
-March 31, 2020


Due to the ever changing conditions associated with this pandemic, there have been some necessary changes to our food delivery.  Please click HERE for further information. 


DS Panther families, we learned late in the day today in a conference call with Governer Beshear that schools have been asked not to try to resume school until Monday, April 20, possibly longer.  We will use additional NTI days to cover this.  More info to come early next week on this.

-Superintendent Lenny Whalen


Please click the following links for important information

NTI Day Meal and Academic Contact Information

Notification From Superindendant Whalen

NTI Reference Guide for Families

What to know about the Coronavirus





WELCOME to Dawson Springs Independent Schools, 

At the Dawson Springs Board of Education meeting held on January 27, 2020, our Board approved a new Mission Statement, Vision Statement, and a new District Motto. Each of these new statements were developed and revised by students, staff, and local stakeholders. They were also vetted over a several month period with multiple surveys and feedback. Please see the new statements below.


The Mission of the Dawson Springs Independent School District is to educate, equip, and empower every student to be transition ready, college and/or career ready, and life ready. 


The Vision of the Dawson Springs Independent School District is that every student and family become lifelong learners and that each grows and flourishes as a responsible, productive and engaged citizen within our complex, ever-changing world.


A Tradition of Success


Our District will use these new statements in various ways as we proceed educating our children. We believe these new statements reflect our basic core beliefs. We hope all our students, staff, and our community will become familiar with the new statements and use them as needed as a fundamental foundation for everything we do.


Dawson Springs Independent Schools: A TRADITION OF SUCCESS!



The Dawson Springs Independent School District is fully accredited by the Kentucky Department of Education and serves approximately 700 students.  the school district boundaries include the Tradewater River to the south and west, the railroad line to the east, and the West Kentucky Parkway (now I69), to the north.  Students from other school counties and school districts are accepted for enrollment with the approval of the Administrative Staff and the agreement of the School District where the student lives.

A staff of approximately 100 people are employed by the school district.  Dawson Springs Elementary School enrolls students in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade.  Dawson Springs Junior High / High School serves students in grades 7 through 12.  Both schools are located on the same campus at 317 Eli Street, Dawson Springs, KY.

If you have questions or desire further information about the Dawson Springs Independent School District, contact the Board of Education Office at 270-797-3811, or visit the office at 118 East Arcadia Avenue, Dawson Springs, KY.

Dawson Springs Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, gender, or handicap in employment, educational programs, or activities, as set for the in Title IX, Title VI, or Section 504.







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