It is with anticipation that I welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year. We have worked hard to prepare for the return of students and we eagerly anticipate the first day of school on Thursday, August 26, 2021. I am grateful for the support, collaboration, and patience that was provided last year as we navigated a school year unlike any before.
Moving forward, the Return to Safe Learning plan has been adopted by the Board of Education and will continue to be discussed throughout the school year. I understand the decisions in this plan impact each of you and engender a wide variety of responses. The plan aims to provide a learning environment that demonstrates a commitment to mitigation strategies while acknowledging that academic and interpersonal growth, along with the social-emotional needs of our students remain a priority also. The plan along with an area for communicating positive cases within the district can be found on our district website.
I am thankful for our dedicated staff whose preparation work is nearing completion and now await the return of students. Along with returning staff members, we have over 15 new educators who chose DRPS to start or continue their careers. Being back to pre-pandemic protocols for school access, I encourage you to stay engaged with your child’s teachers and share your time and talents.
On behalf of the entire Board of Education, administration, faculty, and staff, I wish you and your children a successful 2021-2022 school year at Dell Rapids Public School.
Dr. Summer Schultz