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Per Governor Noem’s Executive Order aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19 in South Dakota, South Dakota Department of Education personnel are currently working remotely. If you have questions regarding educator certification please email certification@state.sd.us. For other messages, here is a link to staff email addresses. Our main phone number is 605-773-3134, and we will be checking messages periodically. Please be aware that responses may be delayed.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Schools

On March 24, Governor Noem asked schools to remain closed through May 1, 2020. During the closures, schools are asked to continue assisting their communities.
Examples of ways to do this include:

  • Offering meals through the school lunch program.
  • Making child care available to school-aged kids of healthcare workers and emergency responders. With long term closures, this may include in-person instruction for these students.
  • Putting online learning into action for those with internet access.
  • Getting instructional packets/materials to students who don’t have internet at home.
  • Offering limited, in-person services to special education and other students as necessary.
  • Continuing to pay hourly/classified staff through school closures.

If schools bring staff and students into their facilities during the closures, they should do so safely.

  • Ensure staff and kids practice good hygiene.
  • Clean facilities/surfaces frequently.
  • Staff the schools with individuals who are not in the vulnerable population.
  • Check children and staff for symptoms as they enter the building. Individuals who are sick should remain at home.
  • Manage drop-off and pick-up points. Keep entry and exit to the building in a small, well-managed area.
  • Keep groups small to maintain space between kids and staff.
  • If a parent/guardian of a child in your direct care is positive for COVID-19 or must be quarantined because of contact with a positive case, the child should not be in the care of the school.

Resources for school officials
Health-related resources:

Education-related resources:

Employment-related resources:
The South Dakota Department of Education has applied for, and received informal approval of, a waiver of some parts of federal assessment and accountability provisions, including a suspension of the requirement to administer the state test this year. As part of that process, South Dakota does not need to complete public notification in advance of submitting its request, but rather may notify the public of the request and the opportunity to comment. Please provide comments by emailing DOE.Accountability@state.sd.us. Comments are due by Friday, April 10, at 5 p.m. (Central).
  • South Dakota COVID-19 Information Line, 1-800-997-2880
  • South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-3134