Mother Nature has already taunted South Dakota this fall, but winter weather will inevitably make its way to our area. Students are better served academically when attending school, however, their safety is always a priority when winter makes travel dangerous. Please keep the following information in mind as we move into the winter months that often include school and activity cancelations.
DRPS will continue using the Brightarrow notification system. All registered parents will be notified of changes by email, text or phone calls. In addition, we will send a notice on our mobile app and we will continue to place alerts on local radio and television stations. If you need to update your contact information, please contact the secretary at your child’s school.
Our goal is to have the decision made and on the air by 6:15 a.m. or earlier. In the event that a cancellation takes place during school hours, we will always try to provide an hour's notice before excusing students.
DRPS will utilize a 2-hour late start for the following reasons:
- allowing time for roads to be cleared, and
- providing time to observe changing weather conditions.
Keep in mind; I have to consider the entire district. Conditions can be very different from one boundary to another. I urge parents to have a backup plan should school eventually be called off for the entire day. A delayed opening can often turn into a school closing, but we need the time to determine what to do. I will do all I can to have updated closings announced by 8:00 a.m.
- Haven will be closed when school is not in session.
- AM Preschool is canceled if a delayed opening is announced.
- Breakfast is not served when school is delayed.
- Activities are canceled the entire day when school is not in session. This includes all practices and open gyms even if the team is not school-sponsored or the sun comes out.
Finally, like you, I will not always feel the right decision was made. Mother nature is a tricky thing to predict and hindsight is often a better viewpoint! Please remember that as a parent, you have the final decision as to whether your child attends school. If you decide to keep your child home, simply contact the school prior to school starting and our building principals will count your child as “excused by parent”. Likewise, you are always able to pick your child up early if you feel conditions warrant.
I appreciate your cooperation and patience as we move through the winter months.
Summer Schultz, Superintendent
Dell Rapids Public School District #49-3