Back To School

Aug 1 - 7: School Nurses & More Candidates

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The Coronavirus pandemic has left Native American reservations with a shortage of supplies, and Schools are moving forward with returning students to the classroom. Plus, we meet some more 2020 candidates.

SDPB News: Aug 4

Aug 4, 2020

How does the state Department of Education plan to use $6.9 million in federal grant money to support students during the pandemic? Plus, how are state associations responding to Governor Kristi Noem's opposition to mandatory masking?

All this and more in today’s SDPB News Podcast. Find it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

What Does A "COVID Safe" Classroom Look Like?

Aug 3, 2020

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Today we welcome Sanford Health's Dr. Wendell Hoffman back to the program. We're going to talk about the emerging research about kids and teenagers and Sars-CoV-2 transmission. What does a safer classroom look like? In the absence of a statewide mandate for school openings and classroom mitigation efforts, how can parents and teachers evaluate the science we currently have so they can make smart decisions about how to live out personal responsibility during the pandemic? 

SDPB News: July 31

Jul 31, 2020

Why is the state medical association drafting the opposition towards legalizing both recreational and medical marijuana? Plus, how will the state's largest school district plan on safely getting kids back in the classrooms?

Jul 25 - 31: Back To School & Meet More Candidates

Jul 31, 2020

In this week's In the Moment Podcast, we take a look at what "back to school" will look like in 2020, and meet more of the candidates looking for your vote.

Find it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

Sioux Falls School District

The Sioux Falls School District has released details for what it’s calling the Return to Learn plan. The 123-page working document has been boiled down to a 20-page handbook for parents ahead of the coming school year.

The parent handbook includes the expectation that students wear face masks on school property, except in gym class. It also has a check list of COVID-19 symptoms. Parents are to run through the checklist with their child every day before school and keep the child home if even one symptom is present.

Political Junkies: Back To School

Jul 29, 2020

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In The Moment … July 28, 2020 Show 868 Hour 1

During Spring Break, 2020, South Dakota colleges and universities made the urgent pivot to remote learning to prepare for a pending pandemic. How important is it for students to get back into the classroom this fall instead of learning remotely? Brian Maher is the executive director of the South Dakota Board of Regents and he joins us today with that big-picture conversation.

Support for education reporting on SDPB is provided by the South Dakota Department of Education

Sioux Falls School District

Most parents in the Sioux Falls School District are planning to send their students back to the classroom this fall, but a recent survey shows 22% still aren’t sure. The district plans to release more information later this week. 

More than 15,000 parents responded to the survey sent out last week. Of those, 71% say their students will definitely return to school and 6% will not.

In The Moment … July 27, 2020 Show 867 Hour 2

This is typically an exciting time for families planning the return to school. The stores might be stocked with school supplies; kids and parents choose everything from activities to what to wear on the first day. This year, they might be choosing whether to go into the building at all. This week we begin our look at Back to School 2020. Lori Simon is superintendent of the Rapid City Area Schools. 

Support for education reporting on SDPB is provided by the South Dakota Department of Education

As BOR Prepares for Fall, Faculty Express Concern

Jul 22, 2020

Faculty and students from five of the state’s six public universities have signed a letter urging the Board of Regents to reconsider its commitment to face-to-face teaching this fall. The BOR is meeting this afternoon to discuss the fall semester.

The letter asks that no one be required to attend class in person or be required to disclose medical information in order to teach or attend class online.  

Challenges Of Re-Opening South Dakota's Schools

Jul 21, 2020

In The Moment … July 21, 2020 Show 863 Hour 1

The last school year ended with students and teachers doing everything virtually. Next month, it appears that schools in South Dakota will re-open, which is what everyone wants, right? With that opening will come challenges. What are they and what to parents and teachers need to know? Dana Livermont is an executive committee member of the South Dakota Education Association. She joins us with more.

Support for education reporting on SDPB is provided by the South Dakota Department of Education

Dakota Political Junkies

Jul 15, 2020

In The Moment … July 15, 2020 Show 859 Hour 1

It's that time of the week where we welcome the Dakota Political Junkies. Let's welcome Jonathan Ellis, investigative reporter and columnist for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and, in Aberdeen, Northern State University professor of Political Science Jon Schaff. 


SDSM&T: Risk Management As Students Plan To Return

Jul 2, 2020

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South Dakota colleges and universities were forced to pivot quickly when COVID-19 cases were first confirmed in the state. As students plan for a return to campus, we check in with school leaders for a look at how organizational changes are helping mitigate the risk of the pandemic and keep students, faculty, and staff safe.

Jerilyn Roberts is associate vice president for Facilities, Risk, and Services at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

Jackie Hendry

Many public and private schools start their fall semester this week. In Sioux Falls, a growing population means an increase in traffic when school is in session. The Sioux Falls school district is partnering with AAA and local law enforcement for the School’s Open, Drive Carefully campaign. 

Superintendent Brian Maher says Sioux Falls schools now have nearly 24,000 students and 3,400 employees. With that many people traveling around the same time each day, he says traffic is bound to be slower.

Back To School

Aug 22, 2014

Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys" present a "Back to School" episode on this week's Tech Radio.  Which tech-related items do students want or need for the upcoming school year?  They also discussed the Windows 8.1 update and pending announcements from Apple among other topics.

With the new school year approaching parents can help get kids started off right by making good attendance a priority.  School officials say regular attendance at school keeps students up-to-speed on classwork and headed for a bright academic future. 

School officials stress the importance of regular attendance in school – especially for kids in elementary. They say it is critical to the child’s academic success.