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    Please click HERE to read the latest update from Superintendent Dr. Schultz regarding the corona virus.

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    Lunch Count April 6-9 (NO Service Friday April 10 or Monday April 13)

    Anyone ages 0-18 can participate in the Grab and Go meals from 11:30 am – 12:15 pm in the elementary and middle school lobbies.  Please keep in mind suppliers are struggling to provide some items, and we are only able to provide what is shipped. Breakfast items for the next day will be available for pickup with lunches. 

    If your child is NOT a DPRS student, but will be home alone, I will deliver them a meal.  Although our intention was to only deliver to DRPS students, I don’t want any child hungry during this time. Please let your child know to look for Deputy Mike Walker, Jeff Schmidt, or myself.  

    To assist with planning, please take a survey to provide a head count for meals.  The survey should be taken for each child in your family.  If you utilize both delivery and pick-up, please take the survey twice for your child and select the appropriate days for each option. 

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Quarrierlunch

    One, reimbursable lunch will be provided.  Additional items not donated will need to be charged to a student’s lunch account.

     

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Dell Rapids School District

Coronavirus Update

April 1, 2020


Dr. Schultz interview with Big Sioux Media.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHgCFlqGZi0&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR0SRal5uDB2EWLEcCPjhC6w-TXvqqlnGjEtTSOokJjok3BQUqFqIcuBVXk

 

 

March 26, 2020

Dell Rapids Public School will stay closed through May 1, with the intent to open on Monday, May 4.   

 

As expected, our logistical challenges continue to change.  Although we hoped to maintain onsite services longer, moving forward, all special services will take place virtually.  Buildings will be closed to the public; however, each office will be working to assist with parent needs. At this time the high school and elementary offices will be staffed from 8-10 a.m. Should you need assistance outside of these hours, or anytime at the middle school, please email building secretaries directly. 

Eve (HS) Eve.pickard@k12.sd.us 
Connie (MS) Connie.hansen@k12.sd.us
Heidi (Elem) Heidi.adams@k12.sd.us

Activities scheduled between now and May 4th have been canceled.  Unfortunately, this includes prom and all SDHSAA events.  At this time, we’ve not made a decision regarding the graduation ceremony.  Our community is approaching a critical time in its fight against COVID-19 and I hope this decision becomes clearer soon.

Your child has started to participate in virtual learning.  In this unprecedented time, my staff is trying their best to provide a quality education utilizing a platform that wasn’t expected or extensively planned for.  I ask that you offer them your patience and remember the learning curve is high for all involved. 

I have communicated with teachers about our need to listen to feedback and adapt expectations and procedures accordingly.  I have shared a link that you can submit E-Learning questions or concerns to.  Please include your contact information so a district representative can follow up with you directly.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/drelearning

Although many tasks are designed around applications your child is accustomed to, we understand that younger students may require additional assistance especially in the early stages of this initiative.  Each family is affected differently by this situation and we understand that some days, families will simply run out of time or not be able to get everything done. That is 100% OK! 

I want to share a thought from Dr. Lori Simon, Rapid City Superintendent. 

At the end of all of this, your child’s mental health will be more important than their academic skills.  How they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did fades. 

Finally, if your family is in need of assistance, I encourage you to call 211 or visit www.dellrapidsrelief.com. This helpline will clarify your need and provide guidance and/or assistance for things such as food delivery, necessities, or prescriptions.  Our counselors are also willing to provide virtual visits or share resources with parents. 

Additional information has been shared through our most recent update aired on Big Sioux Media.  I encourage you to continue checking our website and Facebook pages for information. 

Thank you for your continued support during these difficult times. 

Dr. Summer Schultz

 


 

March 17, 2020

Parents/Guardians,

Upon recommendation from the Governor’s Office, DRPS will be closed March 17-27.  At this time, we intend to open on March 30th, however, the situation could change based on further recommendations. 

Dr. Summer Schulz

 


March 13, 2020

Parents/Guardians,

Upon recommendation from the Governor’s Office, and in conjunction with spring break, DRPS will be closed March 16-20.  At this time, we intend to open on March 23, however, the situation could change based on further recommendations. In the event our closure lasts longer than anticipated, students were sent home with district-issued devices.

Teachers will report next week, and we intend to provide basic, remote learning options for all grade levels on Tuesday and Wednesday.  The lessons and activities are not mandated, rather they will provide a valuable experience for staff, students and parents. Any feedback you can provide our staff will be helpful and this will be a first “test run” for most teachers.

I realize this type of closure makes it difficult for families who depend on the school lunch program.  We will be providing “grab and go” lunches in both the middle (south) and elementary school lobbies on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  Any student can come between 11:30-12:15 and utilize their traditional form of lunch payment.  If you would benefit from a delivered lunch, this will be an option as well.  A brief survey will be distributed this weekend, allowing us to get an estimated head count and arrange deliveries.

We will continue to provide COVID-19 updates on the district web site and Facebook page. Our Brightarrow notification system is having technical issues, therefore, I may not be able to alert you to new notifications. 

I sincerely thank you for your patience this afternoon.  I wanted to do diligence to the situation, and felt I needed to explore all options prior to deciding. 

I want nothing more than to see all my students back safe and healthy on the 23rd!

Dr. Summer Schultz  

 


March 12,2020

The safety of our students and staff is the highest priority of the Dell Rapids School District. District administration also believes the integrity and fundamental purpose of our buildings should be emphasized and protected during the current COVID-19 epidemic.  Although we cannot eliminate the possibility of exposure, we can adhere to guidance and promote social distancing.  
Effective March 11, 2020 the following will be enacted: 

 

  • The district will suspend all facility use by non-school organizations.
  • Suspension of school facility access including but not limited to:
    • Entering buildings during before and after school transitions
    • Lunch with students
    • Classroom volunteers
  • Haven will continue to operate as normal, however, check-in procedures may be altered.

Any potential school closing (and reopening) due to illness will be determined in consultation with public health officials. While education is important, the health and well being of our students and staff are far more significant. We want to assure you that we are working to determine our options moving forward.

If you have concerns about your child’s health, we ask that you contact your health care provider and/or the South Dakota Department of Health. Avera has also established a 24/7 hotline that can be reached at 1-877-AT-AVERA.

We will continue to provide COVID-19 updates on the district web site and Facebook page. Please check those areas often, as this situation will continue to evolve.  


Effective March 11, 2020 the following will be enacted:

  • The district will suspend all facility use by non-school organizations.
  • Suspension of school facility access including but not limited to:
    • Entering buildings during before and after school transitions
    • Lunch with students
    • Classroom volunteers
  • Haven will continue to operate as normal, however, check-in procedures may be altered.

Any potential school closing (and reopening) due to illness will be determined in consultation with public health officials. While education is important, the health and wellbeing of our students and staff are far more significant. We want to assure you that we are working to determine our options moving forward.

If you have concerns about your child’s health, we ask that you contact your health care provider and/or the South Dakota Department of Health. Avera has also established a 24/7 hotline that can be reached at 1-877-AT-AVERA.

We will continue to provide COVID-19 updates on the district web site and Facebook page. Please check those areas often, as this situation will continue to evolve.  

 

Effective March 11, 2020 the following will be enacted:

  • The district will suspend all facility use by non-school organizations.
  • Suspension of school facility access including but not limited to:
    • Entering buildings during before and after school transitions
    • Lunch with students
    • Classroom volunteers
  • Haven will continue to operate as normal, however, check-in procedures may be altered.

Any potential school closing (and reopening) due to illness will be determined in consultation with public health officials. While education is important, the health and wellbeing of our students and staff are far more significant. We want to assure you that we are working to determine our options moving forward.

If you have concerns about your child’s health, we ask that you contact your health care provider and/or the South Dakota Department of Health. Avera has also established a 24/7 hotline that can be reached at 1-877-AT-AVERA.

We will continue to provide COVID-19 updates on the district web site and Facebook page. Please check those areas often, as this situation will continue to evolve.  

 

 

 

 

 

March 11, 2020

Parents/Guardians,

Last week the district initiated a response to the developing Coronavirus (COVID-19) threat.  Today’s correspondence is intended to apprise you on specific areas that may be of interest. I will continue to provide updates as they develop and encourage you to visit the district web site for helpful resources and updates.

Facility:

  • Cleaning products will be professional-grade and certified to kill the COVID-19 virus. 
  • Spray bottles are being provided to classrooms for occasional, as-needed cleaning.
  • Staff has been notified of the importance of keeping touchpoints and keyboards sanitized often. 
  • Correct handwashing is essential; however, some areas of the district also have hand sanitizer.  Staff has been directed to only use product with at least 60% alcohol. 

Activities:

At this time the district has not prevented students from attending nonessential activities, however, we will refer to guidance from state offices for future decisions. 

E-Learning Feasibility Study:

Each family has been asked to participate in a brief survey surrounding Wi-Fi and home computer use.  This anecdotal data will be help determine our ability to conduct temporary, home-based instruction should the need arise.  If you haven’t responded, please follow the link provided.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/drpselearning

As a district, we are stressing healthy hygiene practices and the simplistic, yet important advice from the Department of Health.

  • Students should stay home when they are sick
  • Cover your cough
  • Practice good hand washing

Our staff has worked diligently formulating a plan to sanitize common touchpoints and high traffic areas. The health and safety of our school community is my top priority, although I’m trying to balance that with a commonsense approach.  Keep in mind we have 1000 students and roughly 200 staff members in attendance each day.  If you have a healthy child that isn’t at a high risk of infection, please understand that others may not be so fortunate.

Finally, if your child is experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, please do not send him/her to school or Haven.  Medical professionals are encouraging you to call your provider prior to going in as well.  I sincerely thank you for trusting us as we move forward in this process. Please reach out to me if you have specific concerns or questions.

 

Dr. Summer Schultz, Superintendent