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Message from Dr. Kindle - August 19, 2020

Dear Parents,

 On behalf of the entire school staff, school board and administration, I welcome our students and parents to the start of the 2020-21 school year!  Our first day of school with students and staff will be on Monday, August 24th.

 The 2019-20 school year was one many of us won’t forget.  The gratitude I have for our parents, students, staff, school board, administration, and community is beyond words.  My thanks to all of you for the many wonderful contributions made, as we have worked together during these very difficult times.  

 The impact of COVID-19 on our students, staff, and community continues to be challenging at best.  While we are not done getting through these events, we are about to embrace a new school year filled with hope, compassion, respect, and much learning to take place.

Please take time to read the information I am providing below as we begin the 2020-21 school year.

 

COVID-19 Case and Contact Tracing in the YSD

There will very likely be positive COVID-19 cases at school through-out the school year, which will create angst among parents, students, staff, and community members.  This is completely understandable.  The South Dakota Department of Health will be leading the COVID-19 Case and Contact Tracing in the YSD. Schools across the state including the Yankton School District will assist the South Dakota Department of Health in the process.

It is very important to note The South Dakota Department of Health will notify a parent for which a student has tested positive for COVID-19 or if the student is confirmed a “Close Contact” related to a COVID-19 exposure at school.  The Yankton School District will not be contacting parents confirming whether a student has tested positive for COVID-19 or if the student is confirmed a “Close Contact” related to a COVID-19 exposure at school. 

Communication Pertaining to COVID-19 Case and Contact Tracing in the YSD

I will provide a weekly update to parents through our messaging system pertaining to information I am able to share from the South Dakota Department of Health regarding active COVID-19 Cases in the Yankton School District.  Due to federal laws such as HIPAA and FERPA, as well as protecting individual privacy no other specific information will be shared. 

If there is a need to close a classroom in a particular building, only parents in that building will be notified.  If there is a need to close one of our attendance centers in the district or an entire school district closure is necessary all parents will be notified. 

Again, it is very important to note The South Dakota Department of Health will notify a parent for which a student has tested positive for COVID-19 or if the student is confirmed a “Close Contact” related to a COVID-19 exposure at school.  The Yankton School District will not be contacting parents confirming whether a student has tested positive for COVID-19 or if the student is confirmed a “Close Contact” related to a COVID-19 exposure at school. 

You may find out from your family physician or the South Dakota Department of Health your child has tested positive for COVID-19, which requires Isolation from school or your child is a confirmed “Close Contact”, which requires Quarantine.  In either case please notify your child’s principal immediately, as you most likely will know this information prior to the school.  Please also indicate if the positive case or close contact was due to a possible exposure at school.  This will allow for a much quicker mitigation and tracing process for the safety of your child, as well as other children and staff in the school. 

Yankton School District Closures for COVID-19

The school district will decide on any type of closure whether it be an individual classroom, more than one classroom through-out the school district, an attendance center, or an entire school district closure based upon local and area data related to COVID-19 cases and exposure, as well a case by case situations that arise.  The Yankton School District COVID-19 Health Care Advisory Committee will meet to discuss these scenarios.

COVID-19 South Dakota Department of Health Parent Hot-line

Parents are welcome to call 1-800-997-2880 regarding any questions related to COVID-19 and their children, as well as family.

 If you have any additional questions regarding school and your child, please reach out to your child’s building principal. 

 Let’s all work together making it a great year for our students and staff.

 We can do this – thank you!

Dr. Wayne Kindle, Superintendent 

Yankton School District