Back to School 2020

Back to School 2020: Yankton School District

Oct 8, 2020

In The Moment … October 8, 2020 Show 919 Hour 1

This year, many school districts around the state offered an online option for families who aren't comfortable sending children back to the classroom at this stage in the pandemic. In many cases, that leaves teachers to juggle traditional classroom instruction with online prep work. The Yankton School Board recently voted to dismiss school early on Fridays to give teachers extra time to manage the workload. We now welcome Yankton Superintendent Wayne Kindle to share how his school district is navigating this unique school year.

Back to School 2020: Chamberlain & Watertown

Sep 25, 2020

In The Moment … September 24, 2020 Show 909 Hour 2

Watertown High School was forced to move online this week after officials confirmed 20 COVID-19 cases. It's the largest school in the state to move online after an outbreak so far this school year.  Here for an update on the district's plans moving forward, we welcome Watertown School District Superintendent Jeff Danielsen. 

"Back to School 2020" in South Dakota

Aug 27, 2020

Many say that the safe and effective reopening of schools in South Dakota is critical, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


We've has spent the last month trying to understand what back to school in 2020 means. You'll hear from healthcare professionals, parents, educators and more in this In the Moment podcast.


Back To School 2020: SD Superintendents

Aug 26, 2020

In The Moment … August 26, 2020 Show 889 Hour 1

As South Dakota school districts across the state report positive COVID-19 cases, we check in with superintendents about Back to School 2020. We'll talk with superintendents from Lemmon and Beresford in a moment. But first, Terry Nebelsick. He is the superintendent of the Huron School District.

Now we head to northwest South Dakota and check in with the Lemmon School District superintendent Steve Bucks.

We now head to the Beresford School District and its superintendent Brian Field is with us.


Back To School 2020: As A Parent, As A Teacher

Aug 18, 2020

In The Moment … August 18, 2020 Show 883 Hour 1

Teachers, parents and students alike have questions and concerns going into the new school year. What are children talking about with the new school year just days in the offing? Lorne Lawrence is a teacher in the Rapid City school district. He's also the father of two children who attend school in the Sturgis school district. Kaydee Roth teaches in the Sturgis school district. She'll have a class of second graders this year.


In The Moment … August 11, 2020 Show 878 Hour 1

As students head back to the classroom in a few weeks, a portion of them may be dealing with anxiety issues. Naturally, this imbalance could lead to other disruptions whether it be in the classroom or at home. Today we speak with professionals and ask their guidance in best dealing with this. Cherise LeRew is a licensed psychologist with Black Hills Psychology, and Sarah Konrady is also a licensed psychologist with Sanford.

Back To School 2020: The Role Of School Nurses

Aug 4, 2020

In The Moment … August 4, 2020 Show 873 Hour 1

Schools around South Dakota are moving forward with returning students to the classroom. In-person education is important but so is the health and well-being of students, faculty and support staff, and families at home. Rita Baszler is a school nurse and former president of the South Dakota School Nurses Association, she joins us today to talk about the role of school nurses in back-to-school 2020.

Health reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health

What Does A "COVID Safe" Classroom Look Like?

Aug 3, 2020

In The Moment … August 3, 2020 Show 872 Hour 1

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? 


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

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