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Board Reviews, Supports Re-Opening Plans for School Starting August 17
At their regular monthly meeting on August 10, the Hot Springs School Board reviewed the status of the schools' re-opening plans, supporting the opening of school on the originally scheduled date of Monday, August 17. The district will continue to be at Level 2 - Normal In-Person Instruction w/Online Component, though principals have been working on slight to moderate changes in the schedule to maximize outdoor and larger space and testing of the Google Classroom setup. A summary of the school's "Return to Learn" plan and all four levels of school operations is available by clicking here. Slight to moderate alterations to the elementary and middle school schedules are being finalized by the principals and information will be added soon.
A reminder that students will be released at 1:30 pm all four days next week. The district has welcomed back teachers and reviewed the cleaning and safety protocols used by the custodial staff as well as modifications to their classrooms to allow for maximum social distancing in each classroom. On Monday the staff also received information from Hot Springs Psychiatrist Dr. Brian Wilson on the Social and Emotional effects the virus has had on our students, staff, and community. Dr. Wilson also gave staff information on what to look for and how best to respond as students return to a new normal.
As parents are making final decisions about whether to start with regular classroom instruction or an online option, the district has received various information to help them make that decision. The South Dakota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics again received guidance for parents and schools and the letter is available by clicking here. Regionally, Monument Health, a partner of the Mayo Clinic, distributed a question and answer letter from Mayo to parents providing more information on this same topic. That letter is available by clicking here.
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. To review the "COVID 19 Definitions" paper, click here.
Hot Springs School District does have its secretarial staff back full time and are available between 8 am and 4 pm to assist parents in enrolling their students in either the regular classroom or the online option. For the Middle School/High School, call 745-4147 and for the Elementary call 745-4149.
Covid-19 Letter for Grades 6-12
Important Information for Returning to Learn
Principal Troy Lurz/ Assistant Principal/AD Charles Hruby
Students will park in designated areas by the football field, on the North side of the Tays building, or in the gravel across from the Grade 6-8 building. Prudent parking practice is expected, and common rules of acceptable parking will be expected. Please respect the privilege of parking on school managed/owned property by maintaining and properly looking out for others. Remember, there are a lot of students walking, running and playing in and around the Hot Springs Public School Campus. Parking on school district property is a privilege and not a right. Thank you in advance for thinking and operating safely. Click here to read more.
Enrollment & Registration Information
If you are new to the Hot Springs School District and inquiring about enrollment please call either the High School office at 745-4147 or Elementary office at 745-4149, or come up to the school. If you are choosing to start the year with our online learning option at the Elementary, please contact Principal Abby Karn at firstname.lastname@example.org. High School students choosing the online Edgenuity option can still use the contact information above or e-mail Principal Troy Lurz at email@example.com. Secretaries have started their regular school hours of 8-4 Monday-Thursday between now and August 13th.
We look forward to getting to know you and your family!!!
"RETURN to LEARN" INFO
Classes begin on August 17. Early dismissal will be at 1:30 pm for the entire week.
Back to School Parent Letter (July 28, 2020)
Please view the back-to-school document by clicking here for more information on the re-opening of Hot Springs Schools. At their regular board meeting on Monday, July 13, the school board supported the plan to return on August 17. We will be at Level 2 which provides for tradition in-school instruction as well as an online component for students who feel they need to start the year at home or whose medical condition may force them to start the year at home. Thank you for helping our students "Return to Learn" and GO Bison!
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.
Discussions are being held now regarding what the beginning of school will look like. More information will be posted here as well as on our Facebook page as well as ways we can get your input on what these plans should look like. Please "Like" us to receive updates in real time.
Preschool, Junior Kindergarten, and Kindergarten Info for Fall 2020
Preschool, Junior Kindergarten, and Kindergarten families, we are getting ready for you to join the Bison family for the 20-21 school year!
We are getting excited and ready to meet each of you on August 4th or 5th. The Bison Ready Program will be held in the Bison Center located at 1747 Lincoln Avenue. We are encouraging all attendees to wear a mask. We will be maintaining social distancing of 3-6ft.
Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled time to allow for the screening process. As you enter the main doors of the Bison Center you will be screened and asked a series of COVID-19 symptom questions.
Please bring the following items to Bison Ready Program:
Thank you for adhering to all the new processes/procedures as we want to keep the safety of you, your student, and the staff as a top priority during this time. See you soon!
The Preschool program will be for 3/4 year olds with a morning/afternoon session.
Junior Kindergarten will be for students who are 5 by September 1st. This program focuses on more social development as well as to bridge the gap between early childhood and traditional Kindergarten programs. Students in this program are eligible for the same services as a kindergarten student regarding school, breakfast/lunch, and busing services.
Kindergarten will be for students who are 5 on or before September 1st, 2020. Students in Kindergarten show they have the developmental, academic, and social emotional skills to excel in a Kindergarten environment.
For more information, please contact Elementary Principal Abby Karn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click on the link below to sign up for a time slot to attend the Bison Ready Program.
We look forward to meeting you about becoming a Bison!