Superintendent's Message

Dr. Schultz 2019

Summer Schultz
Superintendent

Dr. Summer Schultz, Dell Rapids SuperintendentParents/Guardians,

Last week the district initiated a response to the developing Coronavirus (COVID-19) threat.  Today’s correspondence is intended to apprise you on specific areas that may be of interest. I will continue to provide updates as they develop and encourage you to visit the district web site for helpful resources and updates.

 

Facility:

  • Cleaning products will be professional-grade and certified to kill the COVID-19 virus. 
  • Spray bottles are being provided to classrooms for occasional, as needed cleaning.
  • Staff has been notified of the importance of keeping touchpoints and keyboards sanitized often. 
  • Correct hand washing is essential; however, some areas of the district also have hand sanitizer.  Staff has been directed to only use product with at least 60% alcohol. 

Activities:

At this time the district has not prevented students from attending nonessential activities, however, we will refer to guidance from state offices for future decisions. 

E-Learning Feasibility Study:

Each family has been asked to participate in a brief survey surrounding Wi-Fi and home computer use.  This anecdotal data will be help determine our ability to conduct temporary, home-based instruction should the need arise.  If you haven’t responded, please follow the link provided.

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

As a district we are stressing healthy hygiene practices and the simplistic, yet important advice from the Department of Health.

  • Students should stay home when they are sick
  • Cover your cough
  • Practice good hand washing

Our staff has worked diligently formulating a plan to sanitize common touchpoints and high traffic areas. The health and safety of our school community is my top priority, although I’m trying to balance that with a commonsense approach.  Keep in mind we have 1000 students and roughly 200 staff members in attendance each day.  If you have a healthy child that isn’t at a high risk of infection, please understand that others may not be so fortunate.

Finally, if your child is experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, please do not send him/her to school or Haven.  Medical professionals are encouraging you to call your provider prior to going in as well.  I sincerely thank you for trusting us as we move forward in this process. Please reach out to me if you have specific concerns or questions.

 

Summer Schultz, Superintendent

Dell Rapids Public School District #49-3

 

 




3/12/2020


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