Rapid City Area Schools Plans For More Student Engagement

Aug 27, 2020

Rapid City Area School Board recently voted to approve its “Together Again, Back to  School Plan“ for the physical return of students and teachers for this upcoming school year.

The back to school plan is a fluid and procedural guide to how the district will operate during the pandemic. One problem the district discovered during the closure last spring was how to best stay in touch with students.

Rapid City Areas Schools lost contact with 30 percent of its students when the pandemic hit last spring.

4000 RCAS Students Expected At BH Pow Wow

Oct 11, 2019

  Thousands of students are spending Friday immersed in Native American cultures. The Rapid City Area School System is bussing kids to the Civic Center for the Black Hills Pow Wow Youth Day.

The Black Hills Pow Wow Youth Day is just one way the Rapid City Area School System is incorporating Native American cultures into K-12 curriculum. 

Whitnee Pearce is the Director of Diversity, Equity and Outreach. She says four thousand kids are scheduled to go to the Black Hills Pow Wow.

RCAS Introduces Social Workers To K-12 Schools

Sep 20, 2019

Rapid City Area Schools are working is including new diversity programs in K-12 classrooms. A group of social workers are traveling between the 23 schools in the district teaching staff and students of all backgrounds. 

RCAS Adding K-12 Restorative Justice Training

Sep 20, 2019

  Rapid City Area Schools are implementing a new disciplinary tactic called restorative justice. Whitnee Pearce is the Director of Diversity, Equity and Outreach. She says restorative justice is a way to move away from punitive justice--where every crime has a strict punishment. It keeps students in the classrooms instead of losing class time for suspensions. Pearce says students perform better when their basic, physical and social needs are met and this initiative helps achieve that.