Welcome to the 2020-21 school year in the Yankton School District! We know this will be a very busy, successful and rewarding school year. I want to thank our students, parents, grandparents, staff members, and our community for your outstanding support.
Thank you! These two words are never enough – especially now as we settle into some form of “new normal” in the world of public education forced by the virus known as COVID-19. Just a few months ago, it would have been unthinkable that we would find ourselves and our world in the situation it is today.
As superintendent, I am proud of the dedication and professionalism of the Yankton School District staff, who, within a matter of days transformed traditional classroom teaching into a remote learning format; custodial staff who ramped up their cleaning of school facilities to ensure the safety of those who were required to be in the buildings; kitchen staff who put together thousands of meals to keep our students fed; and other district staff that continued to work during the quarantine and shutdown. This teamwork deserves our deepest thanks.
Further, I am thankful of the support of our parents/guardians who have taken on the challenges that come with remote learning. I know many of you pulled double-duty by working from home and guiding your child(ren) in their schoolwork, not to mention, the need to get logged into tools like Zoom, Moby Max and more. Thank you for recognizing the important role that continued learning and regular routines provide children in this time of uncertainty. We are all in this together.
Yankton is truly a special place filled with special people. We will get through this together. The lessons we learn along the way will make all of us, including our children, even more resilient and prepared for challenges we all encounter.
Please take the time to review the various elements contained within the YSD Newsletter. You will find a great deal of information regarding our schools, such as school supply lists, important telephone numbers, registration dates, and pertinent information regarding the school food service program, as well as school activities.
As we get ready for the uncertainty of the upcoming school year, I know we are prepared to do our best to educate the students of Yankton School District. Three work groups comprised of staff from our four elementary schools, middle school, and high school along with school district administrators met several times this summer preparing for the 2020-21 school year.
We will continue to work very hard to make sure we provide a top-notch education and a safe learning environment for our students and staff. The education, health and safety of our students is very important to all of us.
As Superintendent, I would be happy to visit with you personally or speak to your group/organization.
Please feel free to contact me at 665-3998 to arrange a time to visit. I can also be contacted using my email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Henry Ford stated, “Coming together is a beginning. Staying together is a process. Working together is a success.”
Dr. Wayne Kindle, Superintendent
Yankton School District