We are excited to announce the launch of our first-ever District podcast, "Spotlight: Conversations from the Sioux Falls School District!"
This podcast, hosted by Superintendent Dr. Jane Stavem, will bring you an audible look inside the Sioux Falls School District, spotlighting the people, places, and practices of the largest school district in South Dakota, in thirty minutes or less!
We are hopeful this podcast will serve as a window into our schools, particularly important right now when members of the public are not allowed in our buildings due to covid restrictions, and to be one more way SFSD can connect with our community!
The school board revised the requirement for the 14-day quarantine for close contacts as part of the District’s Return to Learn plan. These changes will apply to close contacts whose exposure occurred in the school setting, and both the positive case and the close contact were masked when the exposure occurred. For this setting, the 14-day quarantine is now recommended, but not required if specific conditions are met.
A person identified by the school as a close contact may return to school IF:
The positive case was wearing a mask
The close contact was wearing a mask when exposed
The exposure occurred in a school setting
The person has no COVID-related symptoms
The parent/guardian has called the school to confirm eligibility to return
The close contact MUST monitor for symptoms daily and wear a mask during the 14-day quarantine.
The Intent to Return form is turned into the school upon return
Open Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School year is now open!
Applications will also be accepted at the Instructional Planning Center, 201 E. 38th Street starting at 7:30 am on December 1st, 2020. All applications, both online and in-person, will be accepted in date and timestamp order.
The Sioux Falls School District is a proud reflection of this community. Recognizing and appreciating the increasing diversity of its students and the 90+ languages spoken in the homes of our students, the District commits daily “to educate and prepare each student to succeed in a changing world.”
Further, we commit to consistently and genuinely embedding racially diverse perspectives and practices into decision making and actions. Understanding, peace, and justice for all will guide the teaching and learning so that each student can achieve their highest potential. Take a look at our Insite Magazine to meet Superintendent Dr. Stavem, see the updates on the bond projects, and view our student demographics!
The Sioux Falls Public Schools has been accepted into a program by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that allows ALL children in the District, ages 1 to 18, to receive meals at no cost to them. Both breakfast and lunch will be provided free with no income guidelines. If a preschool-aged child (1-5) is not currently attending schools, meals can be ordered by calling (605) 367-7618 by 8 am. This program is retroactively in effect from September 1, 2020, and carries through June 30, 2021.
Any meal purchased since the beginning of September will be credited back and funds placed in the student account for future use. If you want to request a refund (in the form of a paper check) call the Child Nutrition Office at (605) 367-7962. Only breakfast and lunch meals are free. Any second milk, a second meal, or a la carte items will NOT be free. Students must have funds to purchase these items. My School Bucks will be turned back on November 1, 2020, for anyone wishing to make deposits for the extra items.
We encourage all families to continue to submit free and reduced meal applications! This application is necessary to access free bus passes, musical instruments, reduced fees in Kids Inc., summer school, and AP classes. Further, filling out an application this year allows a free/reduced status to carry over into the next school year through the end of September. Without an application this year, students who may qualify will start the 2021-22 school year as a full-pay student.