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School Closing Checkpoint
School Closing Checkpoint
Joel Bailey
Friday, March 27, 2020

Parents and Guardians,

Per Governor Noem’s recommendation, Platte-Geddes Schools will remain closed through Friday, May 1. In the unlikely event that school will resume, the students would return on Monday, May 4 at the regularly scheduled times. We will continue to keep you updated an all school information as it becomes available.

Mr. Frederick has been in communication regarding prom and graduation. What happens with those events is really out of our hands for now. The SDHSAA Board of Directors did not make a decision on the state basketball tournaments at today’s meeting. They will decide at a later date but have discussed playing the tourneys the week of June 15.

We have completed week one of E-learning and sending packets home to elementary students. It is perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed with everything that is taking place. We do not want you to feel overwhelmed, however. The first week is always the hardest. Once routines have been established and things are figured out at school and home, things will become easier. It is not necessary that the elementary students complete every assignment in every content area. Our primary focus is on math and English/Language Arts. You can sprinkle in some science and social studies. The STEAM, PE, and music lessons are supplemental and can be used to take a break from the core content areas.

One of the greatest ways we can learn and grow is through communication and feedback. We have created a brief survey to gauge how the first week of remote learning has gone for you and your children. You will be provided the opportunity to ask questions and/or share specific concerns. Constructive criticism is acceptable, but this should not become a place to ridicule individual teachers or the district. Those specific issues should be addressed with the classroom teacher or administration.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r...

(E-learning survey link)

The Breakfast/Lunch Program has been very successful. We ask that you please complete the next day’s survey by 6 a.m. In an effort to ensure the families that completed the survey receive the meals they requested, we are going to ask you to list your name. We will try not to turn anyone away, but we may not have enough supplies to make any meals that were not accounted for ahead of time. Pick up time for the meals is from 11-12 a.m.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r...

(Breakfast/Lunch Participation Survey for 3-30-20)

Once again, I would like to thank you for your patience and support during these times of uncertainty. If the district can provide support in any way, do not hesitate to ask.

Respectfully,

Joel Bailey