Harvey Dunn Elementary Junior Kindergarten

Harvey Dunn Elementary
2400 South Bahnson Ave.
Sioux Falls SD, 57103

½ day Academic (AM or PM)

AM: 8:00 to 10:45
PM: 12:00 to 2:45
No Jr. Kids Inc. option.

School-Related Cancellations and Postponements

It is important to be prepared for the winter storms and extreme cold that every South Dakota winter brings. Please read the following information so you are aware of the procedures for school-related cancellations and postponements.
District leaders rely on experts from the National Weather Service and city/county officials when we make decisions on school cancellations, late starts, or early dismissals.

Cancelling School/Late Start

When a severe storm hits the area or is forecast, we start contacting local officials as early as 3:00 a.m. We communicate with our Operational Services Department, the Weather Bureau, the City Street Department, Sioux Falls Transit, and our transportation contractors. It is our goal to decide whether or not to cancel school by 5 a.m. to allow time for parking lots and sidewalks to be cleared, food services to prepare meals, and the bus company to begin operations. In the event that school needs to be canceled or delayed, families will be alerted via a ParentLink phone call. These calls will generally be sent between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. to accommodate families whose children are picked up by buses at 6:45 a.m.

Announcements are also made on:

Because the public schools have a limited rural area, it is often possible for Sioux Falls to have school when nearby towns may not.


Early Dismissal

Storms occasionally move in during the day, making it necessary to assess whether or not to dismiss school early. We choose early dismissal only under the most extreme circumstances. In most cases, it is safer for students to remain at school due to the need for transportation and proper supervision. In the rare instances when schools are dismissed early, families will receive a ParentLink phone call and the information will appear on:

Notifications refer to dismissal “one hour early” or “two hours early” because of the number of different building schedules. In addition to noting the early dismissal, announcements about evening activities are normally included.

It is very important that every family has a plan for early dismissal. Be sure your student knows where to go in case no one is at home. Parents/Guardians are urged to talk with their student about his/her safety during winter weather emergencies.

Be Safe This Winter

The school system offers these suggestions concerning cold weather and
emergency situations:

  1. Listen for a ParentLink phone call regarding school closings, late starts, or early dismissals. Check the District’s website for updated information. Follow us on our Sioux Falls School District social media sites (Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SiouxFallsSchoolDistrict/ and Twitter: twitter.com/SFSchools) for updated information. Announcements will also be made on local radio and television stations. (Please avoid calling schools or the Instructional Planning Center. Phone lines are needed for emergency communications.)
  2. Make sure students are properly dressed for predicted weather conditions so they are prepared for walking or waiting for a bus in the cold or for being delayed on a bus in a weather-related situation.
  3. Students should not arrive at school until the scheduled time for outdoor staff supervision or the breakfast program begins.
  4. Develop a plan and inform your student about where your student will go if a school is dismissed early.
  5. School officials will use their best judgment about school closings, late starts, or early dismissals, but please remember that a parent has the right to keep children home or to pick them up from school early if they feel weather conditions require this action.

Susan B. Anthony Elementary Junior Kindergarten

Susan B. Anthony Elementary
2000 South Dakota Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

½ day Academic (AM or PM)

AM: 8:00 to 10:45
PM: 12:00 to 2:45
Option to add Jr. Kids Inc. for the opposite part of the day.

Title I

First established by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, the Title I program continues to be the largest federally funded educational program. With a goal of “leveling the playing field,” Title I funds are available to schools with the highest level of poverty, as determined by the percentage of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

Believing that early intervention will make the most difference for students, the Sioux Falls School District has chosen to focus Title I funds at the elementary level. All Title I schools operate a Schoolwide Program, which means the Title I funds are used to improve the overall educational program for all students, rather than targeting specific students in a Targeted Assistance Program.

Parents Right to Know: Teacher Qualifications

What do I know about my child's teacher?

The federal education law put in place by the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires that all parents in a Title I school be notified and given the opportunity to request information about the professional qualifications of classroom teachers instructing their child. You may request this through the building principal.

Long-Term substitutes who are not highly qualified:

The building principal will send a notice to each parent whose child has been assigned or has been taught for 4 or more consecutive weeks by, a teacher who is not highly qualified. This notice will be sent within 10 school days of when the student is assigned, or, in the case of a substitute teacher, by the 5th consecutive week, the substitute is in the classroom.

Schools operating a Title I program are:

Anne Sullivan Elementary
3701 E 3rd Street
Cleveland Elementary
1000 S Edward Dr.
Elementary Immersion Center
2511 W. Brookings Street
Garfield Elementary
705 S. Roberts Dr.
Hawthorne Elementary
601 N. Spring Ave.
Hayward Elementary
400 N. Valley View Road
Horace Mann Bridges Elementary
1401 E 26th Street
Laura B Anderson Elementary
1600 N. Wayland Ave.
Lowell Elementary
710 W. 18th Street
Terry Redlin Elementary
1721 E. Austin Street

John F. Kennedy Elementary Junior Kindergarten

John F. Kennedy Elementary
4501 South Holbrook Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57106

½ day Academic (AM or PM)

AM: 7:50 to 10:35
PM: 11:50 to 2:35
Option to add Jr. Kids Inc. for the opposite part of the day.