Past Updates dealing with COVID 19

  • May 8, 2020

    Sisseton School District Families,

    First, I want to thank you for the support you have provided to your students during the extended school closure. Never before in my career had I given thought to how we would continue to provide educational services off-site for several months. While this was a learning process for all involved, I appreciate the grace that has been shared, as we have all learned together these past weeks.

    Families that have school-issued computers, Chromebooks, library books, textbooks, or other district resources are asked to return these to the school. We will host a drop-off point at the Sisseton Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, May 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Thursday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Staff will come to your vehicle to pick up all school materials. You will be asked to place the computer/Chromebook and charger in one school-provided bag, and any other materials in another schoolprovided bag. If you are unable to drop off any district materials these two days, please contact your student’s building to determine a different drop-off time.

    The school district will continue to provide meals to any child, ages 18 and under, through the summer food program. Student meals will only be available for pickup at the Ben Reifel entrance beginning May 18. Meals will be served from 11:00-12:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Meals the week of Memorial Day will be available on Tuesday, May 26, and Thursday, May 28. Each meal package will contain two breakfast meals and two lunch meals. Students do not have to be present at meal pickup, but we do ask that you only send healthy family members to pick up these meals. Any changes or updates to the summer food program will be placed on the district website (Sisseton.k12.sd.us), and on the district Facebook pages.

    Senior students will celebrate their high school graduation with a live ceremony on Saturday, May 16, at 2:00 p.m. To comply with CDC and Executive Order guidance, this ceremony will be limited to graduating seniors and their immediate family members. However, we invite the public to join us via radio broadcast on 102.9 FM. Livestream information will be found on the Sisseton School District website. After the graduation ceremony, the graduates will be led through town by School Resource Officer Appel. Community members are encouraged to line the homecoming parade route to honor the senior class. Please follow CDC guidelines and maintain social distancing protocols.

    I cannot say Thank You often enough to the teachers, district staff, students, families, and community members who have supported our students and each other through this extended school closure. While I am saddened how abruptly our face-to-face learning environment ended this year, I share sincere gratitude for all who have helped to support our students during these past two months. Thank you to each of you for your role in helping Sisseton School District students in continuing their learning journey. Be well, and I look forward to seeing everyone again this fall.

    Sincerely, 

    Tammy Meyer, Superintendent
    Sisseton School District

     

    UPDATE - April 16, 2020 2:00pm
    The Sisseton School District will continue to provide meals for any child ages 18 and under. Children DO NOT need to be present at meal pickup. However, we do ask that meals be reserved in advance in order to receive an accurate meal count.  Please fill out the following form or call 742-2133 before 8:00 a.m. on the day of the meal pickup. This form only needs to be filled out once and will be used through May 15. Families will need to pick up meals at one of the locations listed below. Please only send healthy family members to meal pickup.

    Each student meal requested will contain two breakfasts and two lunches.  Dates and pickup points may change. Meal distribution will occur on the following dates:
    April 20 | April 22 | April 24 | April 27 | April 29 
    May 1 | May 4 | May 6 | May 8 | May 11 | May 13 | May 15

    Fill out the requested form below by 8:00 am the day of the meal service or call and leave a message at 742-2133. This application is for April 20 - May 15 and only needs to be filled out once. Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions – 698-7613. Meal distribution plans may change at any time. All updates will be on the Sisseton School District website or Facebook page.  
    PLEASE NOTE UPDATED LOCATIONS and APPROXIMATE DROP OFF TIMES.  Door to door delivery is being discontinued at this time.  Meals must be picked up at one of the following locations.
    Link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=U9RY82ZZnUWFokyYFWxUZXTxzVET9oFGq1eUI9YbE0JUN0o5WUlUNUZIMjBZT1JVUEo0NzZLRjBFQi4u

    Distance Learning Plans are now available online.  Click on the distance learning tab for each building, find your student’s teacher, and a link for the distance learning plan, and the teacher’s contact information will be listed.  

    To view Westside Elementary Teachers distance learning plans 
    To view Middle School Teacher's distance learning plans   
    To view High School Teacher's distance learning plans 

    Click here to access Student E-mail (office 365)
    Click here to access Student Google G Suite  (Google Classroom)

    Teachers are available through phone or email between the hours of 9:00 am - 11:00am and 1:00pm - 3:00pm (Monday - Friday).  You may also call the school 698-7613 if you need further assistance or to request a paper copy of learning materials.  If you do not have adequate internet service or device your student can use to complete the assignments, please call your child’s school.  All updates will continue to be placed on the District website and Facebook pages.

    We thank all our students and families for working with us as we transition to distance learning this week.  We will do our best to help meet the educational needs of our students while our schools are closed.  While distance learning cannot replace on-site student and teacher interactions, we will work together to support and educate our students.  Please reach out to your child’s school at any time if we can help you in any way.   
    South Dakota Department of Health - https://doh.sd.gov/news/Coronavirus.aspx
    Centers for Disease Control - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
    Coronavirus (COVID-19) - https://www.coronavirus.gov/

     


    UPDATE- April 8, 2020 5:00pm

    Governor Noem has extended the school closure recommendation through the end of the school year.  While we are saddened that we will not have students physically return to our buildings, we will continue to provide distance educational services through the remainder of the regular school year.  Students are expected to participate in distance learning through May 15.  Distance Learning plans are updated each week and are found on the Distance Learning tab on this website.  April 10 and April 13 are vacation days, and distance learning will start again next week on April 14.  Alternative plans for graduation are also being created at this time, as we want to honor the class of 2020 and their accomplishments.  Please call your child’s school if you have any further questions. 


    UPDATE- April 2, 2020 3:00pm


    The Sisseton School District will continue to provide meals for any child ages 18 and under. Children DO NOT need to be present at meal pickup. However, we do ask that meals be reserved in advance in order to receive an accurate meal count.
    Please fill out the requested form(by clicking here)   or call 742-2133 before 8:00 a.m. the day of the delivery.
    This form only needs to be filled out once and will be used through April 16. Each student meal requested will contain two breakfasts and two lunches.
    Dates and delivery points may change.
     
    Meal distribution will occur on the following dates: April 6, April 8, April 14, April 16

    Fill out the requested form (by clicking here) by 8:00 am the day of the meal service or call and leave a message at 742-2133.
    This application is for April 6-16 and only needs to be filled out once.
    Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions – 698-7613
    Meal distribution plans may change at any time. PLEASE NOTE UPDATED LOCATIONS and APPROXIMATE DROP OFF TIMES LISTED IN THE SIGN-UP FORM.


    Door to door delivery is being discontinued at this time. Meals must be picked up at one of the following locations.
    (All times other than Ben Reifel are approximate):
    Ben Reifel Gym (pickup from 11:00-12:30)
    Peever - by Peever Housing (10:50 a.m.)
    Crawfordsville (10:45) / Old Agency Housing (11:00)
    Red Iron Housing (10:50) / Sisseton Housing (11:25)
    IHS Housing (10:45)
    Barker Hill (10:45) / Two Stars Drive / Little Crow Drive / Rehab (11:15)
    Buddy Nelson (10:35) / Long Hollow Housing (10:50) / New Effington - Faith Lutheran Church (11:35)
    Veblen Flats (11:00) / Veblen - Bus Barn (11:15)


    Update - March 25, 2020 4:00pm
    Technology Distribution for Students
    Sisseton School District device checkout available March 31, 2020. 
    Sisseton Public Schools are closed through May 1, following Governor Noem’s request.  We will continue to provide distance learning through that time.  The Sisseton School District will hold an electronic device checkout on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 for students in grades 3-12. 

    The deadline for device sign-up has passed.  Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions – 698-7613

    This will be a drive-through service.  Please remain in your vehicle, and a staff member will come to assist you. It is recommended that families follow these time frames for pick up: 
    Last names A - M: 9am - 11 am 
    Last names N - Z: 1pm - 3 pm
    (Staff will be available to assist from 11am - 1pm, but it may take longer to pick up your items during this time.)
    WS Students –Please pull up in the stop and drop zone. 
    MS/HS Students –Please pull alongside the west side of Ben Reifel gymnasium. 
    Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions – 698-7613


    Update - March 22, 2020 2:00pm
    Message from Mrs Tammy Meyer - Superintendent
    Distance Learning Plans for March 23-27 now available online.  Sisseton School District teachers have been working this past week to develop distance learning plans for the week of March 23-27, as schools across South Dakota are closed in response to COVID-19.  Click on the distance learning tab for each building, find your student’s teacher, and a link for the distance learning plan and the teacher’s contact information will be listed.  

    To view Westside Elementary Teachers distance learning plans | (https://www.sisseton.k12.sd.us/domain/124 )  

    To view Middle School Teacher's distance learning plans  | (https://www.sisseton.k12.sd.us/domain/123)

    To view High School Teacher's distance learning plans  |  ( https://www.sisseton.k12.sd.us/domain/122 )

    Click here to access Student E-mail (office 365)

    Teachers are available through phone or email between the hours of 9:00 am - 11:00am and 1:00pm - 3:00pm (Monday - Friday).  You may also call the school 698-7613 if you need further assistance or to request a paper copy of learning materials.  If you do not have adequate internet service or device your student can use to complete the assignments, please call your child’s school.  All updates will continue to be placed on the District website and Facebook pages.

    We thank all our students and families for working with us as we transition to distance learning this week.  We will do our best to help meet the educational needs of our students while our schools are closed.  While distance learning cannot replace on-site student and teacher interactions, we will work together to support and educate our students.  Please reach out to your child’s school at any time if we can help you in any way.   
    South Dakota Department of Health - https://doh.sd.gov/news/Coronavirus.aspx
    Centers for Disease Control - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
    Coronavirus (COVID-19) - https://www.coronavirus.gov/

    Update - March 20, 2020 12:00pm
    Student Lunch Update - Please fill out the Student meal request form by clicking here
    We will be providing student lunch and breakfast through our transportation service starting on Monday, March 23.  To request these meals, please fill out the form or call and leave a message at 742-2133 prior to 8am.  You will be asked to provide your name, the number of needed student meals, your address, phone number, route number and bus driver name, if known.  Lunch will be delivered from approximately 11 to 1.  Any child ages 18 and under may receive a meal – students do not have to be enrolled in the Sisseton School District.  Meals must be reserved in advance through the meal request form or leaving a message.  We will continue providing lunch pickup at the Ben Reifel gym from 11:00-12:30 each weekday.  UPDATE (3-30-2020) - Students DO NOT need to be present at lunch pickup.  
    We anticipate our lunch service may change week by week if the school closures are extended. 
    Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions – 698-7613


    Update - MARCH 19, 2020 5:00p.m.
    Student locker items pickup
    Families will have an opportunity to pick up student personal items and items from student lockers on Monday, March 23. 
    This will be a drive-through service.  Please remain in your vehicle, and a staff member will come to assist you.  You will be asked to provide your student name and grade, and items will be brought to you.  Please stay home if you are sick, and we will work with you to set up a different time to pick up your belongings if needed. 
    It is recommended that families follow these time frames for pick up:   
    Last names A - M: 9am - 11 am
    Last names N - Z: 1pm - 3 pm
    (Staff will be available to assist from 11am - 1pm, but it may take longer to pick up your items during this time.) 

    Secondary pickup will be available on Tuesday, March 24 from 9-11 am.
    WS Students – belongings will be picked up near the office front entrance area.  Please pull up in the stop and drop zone.  Staff will ask your student name and bring items to you. 
    MS/HS Students – belongings will be picked up in the practice facility area.  Please pull alongside the west side of Ben Reifel gymnasium.  Staff will ask your student name and bring items to you.
    Distance Learning - Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020
    We will begin distance learning on Monday, March 23.  Teachers and staff are excited to reconnect with our students next week! More informaton on this will be coming soon.
    Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions – 698-7613

    Update - March 17, 2020 9:00p.m.
    Gov. Noem has closed all public schools in South Dakota through March 27, 2020.  Sisseton School district staff are working this week to develop alternative learning plans for our students, so we can begin off-site instruction on March 23.  If you do not have internet access, please call your child’s school - 698-7613. We will continue to provide updates through Facebook, the district website (Sisseton.k12.sd.us) and the district message system.