Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated: 8/24/2020 8:21 PM

Return to Learn FAQ

Answers to the questions below may change or be modified. The RTL document is a fluid plan that may need altering, as community health and best-practice research evolve. FAQ submissions can be emailed directly to


For a student who needs to be at home in quarantine because of a positive test or close contact ruling, will that student be allowed to take their chrome book or laptop home and do parallel learning during that time if they are feeling well enough to long on for classes?  

Yes, students will be able to utilize a district device and participate in parallel learning as much as they are able.

What cleaning and disinfecting products are allowed in district buildings during the 20-21 school year?

DRPS is only allowing EPA approved cleaning products into the school.  If parents want to substitute class list items for something different, the product will need to be listed in the searchable table below.


What are the criteria to be considered a CDC approved mask for school?

Masks should:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
  • Allow for breathing without restriction
  • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
  • Cover both nose and mouth

Avera Health has offered the document "New Normal" which provides general guidance, and an excellent section on mask considerations.

 My child has a medical condition that prevents her from wearing a mask safely. What are her options?

Exceptions shall be made for students and staff with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that makes it unreasonable for them to wear a face covering.  Medical documentation will be needed for an exemption to be considered.  It's also possible a different type of face-covering would be appropriate per doctor recommendation.

Are there any exceptions for the 1-mile perimeter requirement for in-town bussing?

The reason for eliminating in-town bussing is we are unable to cohort students appropriately on the bus.  We know it is a burden for all in-town families,  but we will not be able to provide exceptions at this time.  An appendix marking the perimeter is included in the Return to Learn Plan.  Again, I do apologize, but we have to be consistent as we sell well over 200 in-town bus passes on a typical year.

Does the DRPS have the authority to require my child to wear a mask?

Yes.  The statute regarding the general powers of boards to manage schools is SDCL 13-8-39.  In making the decision, DRPS relied on advice from those educationally trained to provide recommendations regarding public health (CDC, Academy of Pediatrics, Avera Health Systems, SD State Medical Association, etc.).  

If one student in a classroom tests positive for COVID-19, is everyone in that same classroom considered a close contact?

Each positive case within a classroom will be investigated to determine if other students/staff are close contacts (The CDC defines a close contact as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection until the time the patient is isolated.) Close contacts will be notified and will need to complete a 14-day quarantine period to monitor for symptoms.

What specific changes will we see with our food service provider?

Lunch Time Solutions has worked with the district to provide a safe, yet compliant service plan.  A link to the parent document is below. 

Covid-19 Virus Response in School Food Service, What Lunchtime Solutions is doing to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.