History of Sioux Falls School District

Rooted in the past. Reaching for the future.
From humble beginnings. With wide-eyed wonder, and endless possibilities ahead. Through the growing pains, the dreams of the future. Through the challenges, large and small. The competitions. The triumphs and defeats. The concerts, accolades, and performances. Education. Teamwork. Accountability. Your Sioux Falls Public Schools have served generations of growing, developing students, into the leaders of the community, region, and the world. All with a drive for excellence, a devotion to student needs, and a commitment to the future.

From a single room to 35 school facilities and growing. Support sites, stadiums, and auditoriums. From a single class to 25,000 students. Your community. Your schools. As one. The Sioux Falls School District is one piece of a success saga, celebrating a vibrant community and a diverse people who call this place home. The free, complete education of students from every walk of life, from early childhood classrooms to the multitude of dual credit and Advanced Placement college courses offered.

Our students walk across a stage and emerge with real-world training and certifications to immediately begin making a living in a local workforce that demands their skills. They move on to the military to serve and protect us all. They further their education with 2 and 4-year degrees, outscoring their peers in college readiness exams and in AP scores. They move far beyond these next steps into the wide world that awaits them. And they succeed.

This is just the beginning.

For 150 years, your schools have educated, served, honored tradition, and adapted to inevitable changes. As your partners in the education of the future, our pledge is to never stop. Rooted in the past. Reaching for the future. We are YOUR Sioux Falls School District.

Harassment based on Sex (Title IX)

Title IX prohibits sex-based harassment by peers, employees, or third parties that is sufficiently serious to deny or limit a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the recipient’s education programs and activities. This is what is called a hostile environment.

Title IX prohibits several types of sex-based harassment.

Sexual harassment: is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature including unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

Sexual violence: is a form of sexual harassment and refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent.

Gender-based harassment: is another form of sex-based harassment and refers to unwelcome conduct based on an individual’s gender, and not necessarily involving conduct of a sexual nature. For example, harassing conduct which focuses on a student’s failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity.

The harassing conduct may take many forms, including verbal acts and name-calling, as well as nonverbal behavior, such as graphic and written statements, or conduct that is physically threatening, harmful, or humiliating. The more severe the conduct the more likely the incident has to create a hostile environment.

Title IX protects all students from sex-based harassment, regardless of the sex of the alleged perpetrator or complainant, including when they are members of the same sex. All students are protected.

District Title IX Coordinator
Brett Arenz

201 E. 38th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
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How to file a Title IX/Sexual harassment complaint

A harassment complaint can be filed with the principal or program supervisor. If the individual feels uncomfortable making a report to the principal/program supervisor, the complaint may be filed with the Title IX Coordinator Complaints forms are available at each school site, the Instructional Planning Center, or Online.


Volunteer Information

Supervised and Unsupervised Volunteers

We want to thank you in advance for your interest in volunteering. The teachers, students and staff greatly appreciate the time you are willing to take to share wisdom and experience with those on the threshold of the future. You will add greatly to the educational experience of our students.

Individuals desiring to serve as an Unsupervised Volunteer must undergo a criminal background check annually. You can do this by completing the Release of Information Authorization Disclosure.

Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or

3. email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.