COVID Update Letter

(May 1st, 2021)


Current Tier Level:

All Hot Springs Schools are currently at Tier 2 - Face to Face w/Online Option (updated May 4, 2021).

The district has had minimal reported cases of COVID positive tests or close contacts for staff or students since the return from Christmas Break. Staff members eligible for and interested in getting vaccination shots have received them and are past the two week prescribed period after the 2nd shot. Due to these factors, the district has removed the "Mask Zone" requirement for the remainder of the year. The elementary building will be wearing masks in the lunch line only for the remainder of the year, otherwise masks are encouraged, but not required in all area.

Thank you for workiing with us in following the CDC recommendations and guidelines to keep our school safe!

School COVID Operating Plans

The South Dakota Department of Health has updated their screening processes and provided more information on vaccinations. Those changes have been made to our "Return to Learn" COVID plan. The updated document dated March 1, 2021 is available here

We continue to update our "Return To Learn" plans to include ways for you to help us stay safe by including an at home screening checklist. Please screen your child/children daily to help us maintain a safe and healthy environment at school. 

The South Dakota Departments of Education and Health continue to partner to provide information and guidance to school districts and parents through webinars and documents. One such recent item is the COVID 19 Definitions paper that provides the most up-to-date symptoms for parents and schools to look for. Students and staff that demonstrate these symptoms will be inspected more thoroughly and may be referred to hospitals and clinics for additional testing. For the most up-to-date information regarding symptoms, visit the SD Dept of Health webpage on symptoms by clicking here.

Smarter Balance Assessment Window set by Hot Springs Schools

As required by State and Federal law, the district must announce dates for the upcoming Smarter Balance assessments. Hot Springs Schools testing window will be from Monday, April 12 through Thursday, April 22, 2021. The state standardized test will be given to students in grades 3 through 8 as well as 11th grade in English and Math and in grades 5, 8, and 11 for Science.

Click here to view our Assessment Calendar

Lunch Information for Tier 3 & Tier 4

Sack lunches will be offered to all students enrolled at the Hot Springs School District during Tier 3 & Tier 4.

Tier 3:   Students that are attending school will have their normal lunch procedure. All students that are not attending school who are enrolled in the Hot Springs School District, may pick up a lunch at the Elementary School, north door of the Multi-Purpose Room between 11:30 and 12:30. Breakfast will be served with normal procedure to students that are attending school during Tier 3.

Tier 4:  All Students that are enrolled in the Hot Springs School District may pick up a sack lunch along with a sack breakfast between 11:30 and 12:30 at the Elementary School, north door of the Multi-Purpose Room.

*Parents/Guardians may pick up your student’s meals during Tier 3 and Tier 4.

The menu adjustments that will be in place during tier level changes will be announced on our local KZMX Radio Station.

All Students Now Qualify for Free Meals at Hot Springs Schools

Through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the FFCRA) (P.L. 116-127), the USDA was given funding to allow free meals through the end of the school year.

Beginning November 1st, all students attending the Hot Springs School District Schools will be offered both a free breakfast and a free lunch.

Your student(s) must currently be attending school to be eligible for free breakfast and lunch.

The funds that are currently in your child’s account will roll over to next year. If your student currently has a negative balance for meals purchased prior to November 1st, parents are responsible for this negative balance.

The Hot Springs School District guidelines will remain in place for extra entrées. All students must have appropriate funding in their account prior to be served extras. Students are not allowed to charge extra entrées.

If you have a question, please contact Laura Marchant at laura.marchant@k12.sd.us or 605-745-5766.

Did you know that Hot Springs School District 23-2 has an Attendance Hotline?

In an attempt to help families, we have established an Attendance Hotline for your use if you either anticipate an absence for your student or would like to call her/him in if they are sick.

Please call if your student will be absent.

Elementary School (605) 745-4165

Middle School (605) 745-4143

High School (605) 745-4234

If they are seen by a doctor/physician have them bring the verifying note to the office upon their return. Remember, the MS/HS has been working within the Google Classroom platform and your child should be able to access the majority of their work through this forum.

Letting the school know in advance of an impending absence helps communicate with your student's teachers and provides time for them to get work to your student.

Thank you for helping to communicate with the school on absences. We are all in this together.

We are now on Facebook!

We understand during these uncertain times that communication will be more important than ever. In response, we are now on Facebook and will be looking to add other communication apps in the future. Click here to go to our Facebook page.



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