Dr. Lori Simon

Rapid City Area Schools

After a five-hour special meeting Tuesday night, the Rapid City Area Schools Board of Education has not yet approved a back to school plan. Board members disagreed on requiring masks and others desire more detailed safety measures from administration. 

SD Department of Education

The South Dakota Board of Education Standards unanimously approves changes to the state’s high school graduation requirements after a public hearing in Pierre. The changes allow students more flexibility without changing the number of credits required for a diploma. 

The changes include three endorsements that can be added to a student’s high school transcript. Each endorsement requires particular courses to fulfill existing credit requirements, but students don’t need to choose an endorsement in order to receive a basic high school diploma.