Jan Martin, with the department’s Division of Assessment and Accountability, talks about this spring’s Field Test of the Smarter Balanced assessment



2014 legislative session opens Jan. 14
Track education-related bills at legis.sd.gov



Braille and large-print textbook orders due Jan. 15
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Rules about “Smart Snacks” to take effect in 2014-15

New federal rules regarding snacks in schools take effect July 1. At this time, snacks served in the classroom at no charge are not affected by the federal regulations. Schools can establish their own standards for snacks served in the classroom through their local wellness policy. The “Smart Snacks in School” regulation governs foods sold in school lunchrooms and throughout the school building from midnight through the end of the school day.

Click here to read more about the “Smart Snacks” regulation

Click here for ideas about nonfood rewards in the classroom. This rack card is available in quantity at no charge by contacting Shar Venjohn at (605) 773-3413.

Click here for ideas about nonfood fundraising. This document is also available in quantity by contacting Shar Venjohn at (605) 773-3413.

Contact Jason Person at the South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-6026, with any questions.