Winter weather has already teased South Dakota, and it is that time of year to prepare for emergency closings. Students' academic needs are best met 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.
DRPS will continue using the Brightarrow notification system. All registered parents will be notified of changes by email, text, or phone calls. We will also send a notice on our mobile app and place alerts on local 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. If cancellation occurs 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 must consider the entire district and conditions can be very different between boundaries. 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 aim 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.
- Although we continue to explore the idea, DRPS will not be employing virtual snow days. Should this change, protocols will be shared with parents before implementation.
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 you have the final decision as to whether your child attends school as a parent. If you decide to keep your child home, contact the school before school starts. Our building principals will count your child as "excused by a 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.
Dr. Summer Schultz, Superintendent