Rapid City school plan features one day of distance learning

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) — The Rapid City School Board voted to implement their “Together Again – Back to School” plan after a four hour meeting Monday night.

By a vote of 6 to 1, the board voted to approve a plan that will have in-person classes for four days during the week from Monday through Thursday.

Friday will be an E-learning, or distance learning day, which will make room for deep cleaning of facilities and allow more prep for staff.

The board voted to mandate staff members and students to wear masks unless six feet of distance can be maintained.

Superintendent Dr. Lori Simon talked about the plan.

Simon explains the addition of an Assumption of Risk to the plan.

Like other schools around the Black Hills, Rapid City will be under three levels as students return, with level one being minimal to no spread of COVID-19.

The distance learning plan was also approved by a vote of 6-1 and the board also voted on an activities plan and voted unanimously to allow Simon to make changes to the back-to-school plan as needed.