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"Back to School 2020" in South Dakota

Aug 27, 2020
SDPB

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.

 

Having a Baby During COVID is Mostly the Same…

Jun 18, 2020
The Bies family

What is it like to welcome a baby into the world during a pandemic? SDPB's Lura Roti visits with newborn Charlie Bies's parents, grandparents and doctor to find out.

Four-days old in this recording, Charlie Bies won’t understand until he’s much older, but he was born during an unprecedented time. And unlike the experience his big sister, Adelaide had when she was born nearly two years ago, many of those who love him, have not been able to cuddle him yet. 

 

Childrearing In The Age Of Coronavirus

Mar 26, 2020
SDPB

In The Moment ... March 26, 2020 Show 782 Hour 1

Anyone raising children during the age of coronavirus is now parenting in the open, even as we shelter in place. Parents join online work meetings with toddlers on their laps, kids roller skating through their living rooms, siblings fighting over ... what are they even fighting over this time?  Emily Oster is a professor of economics at Brown University and author of the books "Expecting Better" and "CRIBSHEET."  

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... October 28, 2019 Show 688 Hour 1

New York Times best selling author John Kenney returns to In The Moment with his new book Love Poems for People with Children. There's more laughs as Kenney covers it all from newborns to teens, back to school shopping and summer vacations. A parent's job is never done!

  Arts and Entertainment reporting on SDPB is supported by the South Dakota Education Association

Kealey Bultena

Fewer South Dakota babies are dying. New numbers reveal 2016 had the lowest infant mortality rate on South Dakota record.   

South Dakota welcomed 12,270 babies last year, and 59 of them died. That means for every 1,000 live births fewer than five babies die. The rate is 4.8.

In 2015, the rate was 7.3 deaths per 1,000 live births.

Colleen Winter with the South Dakota Department of Health says people can prevent many infant deaths with a combination of healthy decisions that prioritize safety.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

A panel of community members can soon weigh in on work happening in Rapid City Schools. People can apply to be part of a community advisory council. The group will meet once a month to discuss issues related to education in a broad context.

Rapid City Area Schools superintendent Lori Simon says she’s been talking about a community advisory board since she interviewed for the district’s top job. Simon says people who live and work in the community have ideas and perspectives to contribute.

SF Parents Surveyed On School Start Date

Nov 15, 2016
Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Thousands of parents in Sioux Falls are getting a survey about the school start date. This is the second year public schools in Sioux Falls started after Labor Day. As decision-makers look to the fall of 2018, they want to know the range of start dates stakeholders prefer.

Sioux Falls School District leaders are assessing what the school calendar should look like two years from now. Brian Maher is superintendent.

Lawmakers in Pierre reject a measure that requires parents opt in to education related to human sexuality. House Bill 1168 mandates parents provide written permission before a student participates in any education related to sex ed, abstinence or human sexuality. That includes specific courses but also units in required classes such as biology.

State Representative Tom Holmes is a former classroom teacher.

State lawmakers killed a bill Thursday that allows science teachers to incorporate information outside the approved curriculum to help students analyze and learn. Supporters of the measure say it gives teachers power to facilitate understanding; opponents question whether the measure solves a real problem.

The State House passed a measure on Wednesday that helps cover medical bills for children with a hearing impairment. Democratic State Representative Julie Bartling says the medical procedures needed to improve a childs hearing can be expensive for family members. She says this bill helps cushion the financial burden.

The South Dakota House passed a bill on Wednesday to punish parents if they serve alcoholic beverages to minors. Senate Bill 163 also protects parents if a party occurs on their property and illegal drinking takes place without them knowing. Republican State Representative Steve Hickey says this is a fair bill.

Senate Bill 163 advanced past the senate on Tuesday. The measure protects property owners against underage drinking. Democratic State Senator Larry Lucas says this legislation revolves around a property owner knowing or not knowing of illegal drinking taking place.