Hoven School District 53-2 News
Announcements from Hoven School District 53-2
Hoven School District 53-2 Early Release Days--Jan/Feb 2021
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Parent Letter--Early Release Days--Jan/Feb 2021
December 17, 2020
The letter below will be sent home today to parents to share that the Hoven School District 53-2 will release students on the following Friday's at 12:30 PM to support students academically.
The following dates are early release days and the plan will be re-evaluated at the February 8 school board meeting:
- January 8
- January 15
- January 22
- January 29
- February 5
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Hoven School District 53-2 Announcements--November 27, 2020
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Open Gym and Christmas Concert
Friday, November 27, 2020
The Hoven School District will once again be holding Open Gym on most Sundays starting this weekend on Sunday, November 29. Grades 3-6 can attend from 3:30 PM-5:00 PM and Grades 7-12 can attend from 7:00 PM-8:30 PM. Students attending open gym should enter the school through the gymnasium foyer doors on the Northside of the school.
All school mitigation policies related to COVID-19 are currently in effect and students will be required to wear a mask unless social distancing can be practiced due to low attendance at open gym. A waiver form will also need to be signed, but for the first evening the form can be picked up and taken home and returned to Kim in the High School office this week.
We hope open gym can provide opportunities for our athletes in basketball to work on fundamentals and provide physical activity for all students during the winter months ahead. An update to our Open Gym rules, requirements, and schedule can be found on our website under the PARENT tab and will also be posted on our Facebook page.
Next, the Hoven Music Department will be presenting their winter concert on Friday, December 11 @ 7:00 PM. Currently, the event will be open to the public and masks will be required for all in attendance. Unless we see a sharp increase in cases of COVID-19 in the school and community, we will not limit attendance at this time. We will also LIVE stream the event for anyone who may not be able to attend or who may choose to stay home for their own personal health. Please be sure to mark your calendars for this event.
We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and we look forward to seeing our students back to school on Monday, November 30. Thank You and have a great weekend!
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Parent Letter of Positive COVID-19 Case--October 30, 2020
Parent Letter of Positive COVID-19 Case--October 29, 2020
E-Learning Snow Day--October 22, 2020
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NO SCHOOL--E-Learning Snow Day
Thursday, October 22
For the safety of our students, staff, and our families there will be NO SCHOOL today in the Hoven School District due to the weather conditions.
However, the Hoven School District will be implementing an E-Learning Day for all K-12 students. Students and their families should implement the learning plans provided by their teachers and all questions regarding homework and assignments should be directed to teachers regarding what is expected for the day.
Weather announcements will also be available on KELOLand, Dakota News Now, and Dakota Radio Group stations as well as our school district Facebook page.
Current Road Conditions
NOAA Weather Graphic
WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING *
WHAT...Heavy snow. Additional snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches.
* WHERE...Potter and Faulk Counties.
* WHEN...Until 7 PM CDT this evening.
* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
Hoven School District Announcements--October 21, 2020
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Winter Storm and E-Learning Snow Day
October 21, 2020
A winter storm that is approaching our area starting tonight and continuing into tomorrow is going to impact our plans for school on Thursday and we may or may not have school face to face tomorrow due to the weather conditions. However, with the successful transition we have made this past year to deliver education to our students at home due to COVID-19, we are going to attempt to do Flex and E-Learning tomorrow Thursday, October 22 if we do not have school due to the weather conditions. Students in the Elementary will be sent home a learning plan for the day on Thursday from their classroom teachers that will outline the academic lesson and activities they need to complete. This may include learning packets, online activities, and Zoom meetings for Grades 3-6. Students in the Secondary will follow the same E-Learning plan and schedule that they did during our two-week school closure back in September and should be informed of their plan for Thursday by their teachers.
We want our parents to know that while this is certainly last minute, we are wanting to learn all we can regarding how we may be able to use E-Learning Days on Snow Days so that we do not have as many days to makeup at the end of the school year. Our plan only includes learning plans for Thursday, so if school is closed on Friday, school on Friday, October 23 will be a traditional snow day and school will not be in session in-person or via E-Learning. We know that each family may have their own unique set of circumstances, but we plan to send out a survey to parents after this week to learn from this process on how we can improve this transition in the future. We appreciate you working with us on this trial-run of replacing Snow Days with E-Learning and all that we ask is for our students and families to do your best and help inform how we can make this better in the future.
As a reminder for the year, if we do have school, you live outside of town and you are unable to come in, please call the school and we will excuse your child’s attendance. To stay up to date on the status of school when weather conditions may impact us being in session, please be sure to check KELOLand, Dakota News Now, Dakota Radio Group stations, as well as our school district Facebook page.
We appreciate your understanding and flexibility regarding this schedule change. We hope that regardless of whether we are in school face to face, or we have to transition to E-Learning tomorrow, that you can partner with us to help inform how we can continue your children’s education to keep their learning moving forward.
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Hoven School District Announcements--October 20, 2020
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October 20, 2020
First, we want to remind all Elementary parents that hats, gloves, snowpants, and snowboots should be coming to school with your children as snow accumulations will once again be a part of our weather forecast through late fall and into winter as our students go outside for recess. On rainy or wet snow days, weatherproof boots are also recommended so that students feet stay dry during the day. Students without the proper winter and weather related gear will be asked to stay on the sidewalk during recess so they are not cold and wet at school. Please make sure your children are sent to school with the proper clothing for the outside weather elements.
Second, the Hoven High School Band will be having an Indoor Marching Band Extravaganza on Thursday, October 29 @ 7:00 PM in the Hoven Gymnasium. This year’s marching band has 42 students, the largest band the district has had in a decade and because the students lost the opportunity to perform at other events this fall, we have scheduled this event to showcase our band and the hard work they have put into their performances this year. This event will be open to the public and the public will be required to wear masks at the event. More information will be shared as the date of the event comes closer.
Lastly, we want to wish the Potter County Battler Cross Country team good luck at the State B Cross Country meet in Rapid City on Saturday, October 24. Hoven School District will be represented by Kimberly Hageman and Anna Stuwe at the event and we want to wish them the best of luck at state!
Parent Letter of Positive COVID-19 Case--October 8, 2020
Hoven School District Announcements--October 7, 2020
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Parent Teacher Conferences and District Updates
October 7, 2020
First, as a reminder the Hoven School District will be holding Parent/Teacher Conferences tomorrow on Thursday, October 8 from 1:30 PM-6:30 PM. Elementary school parents should have received a note home regarding conferences and Secondary parents will be able to visit teachers in their classroom on a first come-first serve basis. Parents do have the option of coming to conferences in person or you may select a virtual format and schedule your conference via Zoom with teachers. Secondary parents will need to use the Zoom link provided to students for E-Learning and parents should let the teachers know they will be doing Zoom. Elementary parents will have a link sent to them by their teacher during their scheduled time. Parents will be able to pickup mid-term grade reports at conferences. If you need an electronic copy sent via e-mail, please contact Dori or Kim to obtain a copy. If you have any questions, please call the school. Also, if you choose to attend in person, Secondary parents can come through the main entrance of the high school and Elementary parents can come through the east doors of the Elementary on conference night to make things easier for visitation.
Next, we want to remind parents that there will be a four-day weekend coming up for students and there is no school on Friday, October 9 and Monday, October 12. School will resume at the normal time on Tuesday, October 13. Also, the end of the 1st Quarter will be Friday, October 16. Students need to prioritize their work and make sure they are caught up so their 1st Quarter grade is not negatively impacted.
As a reminder to the public, Bowdle HealthCare Center is offering a Drive-Up Flu Vaccine Clinic on Monday, October 12 from 11 AM-3 PM in the Hoven High School student parking lot on the west side of the school. Flu vaccination forms can be found on our school district website, the Hoven Post Office, and the Hoven Senior Center. It is requested you complete your form prior to arrival. More information is on our Facebook page and in the Hoven Review printed last week.
As a reminder, the Hoven School District will continue with LEVEL 2—YELLOW protocols at this time. The Hoven School District is working to prevent transmission of COVID-19 by requiring the use of masks at all times for students in Grades 7-12 during classroom instruction and when moving throughout the building and students in Grades K-6 are not required to mask when seated at their desk. To simplify our expectations, we are implementing what we call “Masks on the Move”, which means that at any time a student or staff member is moving from a stationary seat and they move anywhere in a classroom or in the building, masks must be worn.
Please be sure that students have a mask to wear when at school and it is recommended that they have more than one in the event they need to change one out during the day. Also, please make sure that masks are washed every day if possible or that you have a rotation of masks to use during the week. This will ensure that students are using a mask that is sanitary and free of germs. We appreciate your support in helping us keep our students and staff healthy as we proceed into the winter months ahead.
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Parent Letter of Positive COVID-19 Case--October 6, 2020
Hoven School District Announcements--October 1, 2020
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District General Announcements
October 1, 2020
First, The Public Health nurses will be at the Hoven School District on Tuesday, October 6 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM providing flu shots for students and staff. For preschool and those children not yet in school, parents are required to wear a mask and enter the high school through the north entrance. Forms were sent home with lunch bills and can also be found on the school website at the top of the page.
Second, as a reminder the Hoven School District will be holding Parent/Teacher Conferences on Thursday, October 8 from 1:30 PM-6:30 PM. Elementary school parents should have received a note home regarding conferences and Secondary parents will be able to visit teachers in their classroom on a first come-first serve basis. Parents do have the option of coming to conferences in person or you may select a virtual format and schedule your conference via Zoom with teachers. Secondary parents will need to use the Zoom link provided to students for E-Learning and Elementary parents will have a link sent to them by their teacher during their scheduled time. If you have any questions, please call the school.
Next, we want to announce that starting Monday, October 5 all high school students will return to the hallways of the Hoven School District and we are looking forward to having all of our students back in the building next week. We know that last two weeks have not been easy for our students who have had to be home, but we are looking forward to having a fresh start and moving forward with face-to-face classes for all our students next week.
As a reminder, the Hoven School District will continue with LEVEL 2—YELLOW protocols at this time. In this level, daily temperature checks are done in classrooms in the morning and afternoon, social distancing is more strictly enforced, seating charts are required in every class, and the use of masks or face coverings will be utilized. The Hoven School District is working to prevent transmission of COVID-19 by requiring the use of masks at all times for students in Grades 7-12 during classroom instruction and when moving throughout the building. Staff must also mask at all times unless they have a medical exemption or can use a desk shield or unless static at their desk and more than 6 feet of distance is observed between them and the students. Desk shields have been ordered for all K-12 classes and when they arrive, students may remove their mask when in a static position at their desk with a desk shield.
In all other aspects of the school, we will be utilizing what we will call “Masks on the Move”. This means that in the event a student or staff member is moving around a classroom or in the building, masks will be required.
Please be sure that students have a mask to wear when at school and it is recommended that they have more than one in the event they need to change one out during the day.
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USDA Program to offer FREE Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020
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Student Meals Announcement
USDA Meals Program Extension
The Hoven School District is proud to announce that we have recently applied for and have been approved for a USDA Meals program very similar to the one we had when schools closed back in March. The USDA has recently announced several flexibilities to school lunch and are committed to using the Congressionally appropriated funding that has been made available.
Therefore, the Hoven School District 53-2 will be able to offer FREE meals to children ages 0 to 18 effective September 1 through December 18. This is for any meals that are consumed on site at the school or that are sent home through our Grab and Go option when school closures are necessary. The free meals could end sooner if the federal funding is depleted.
We know this will provide our families with a little financial relief and will ensure that our students continue to receive a healthy and nutritious meal from the school. This unprecedented move will help ensure – no matter what the situation is on-the-ground – children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
We want to thank Paulette and Grace for all they do for our Food Service Program and also a special thanks to Amy Arbach who submitted the application and who runs the financial side of our food service and to Kim Hoerner for helping with various aspects of the program as well. It is truly a team effort for our kids!
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Hoven School District Announcements--September 28, 2020
September 28, 2020
At a special school board meeting held on Sunday, September 27, the following was decided in regard to school and athletics for the week:
Students in Grades 9-12 will continue in Flex and E-Learning from Monday, September 28 through Friday, October 2. All students in Grades 9-12 will return to face to face classes on Monday, October 5. Grab and Go Lunch will continue for all 9-12 Grade students this week during E-Learning from 12:00 PM-12:30 PM for pickup.
In regard to activities, Potter County Athletics will resume games and practices this week. Students in grades 6-8 will resume their practices and games starting Monday, September 28. Students in Grades 9-12 are allowed to return to practice if they are healthy, no longer in quarantine as per SDDOH guidance, or no longer in isolation from a positive laboratory test of COVID-19. Any athletes who have tested positive for COVID-19 must see their health provider in person to obtain a Certification of Health to return to practice and be cleared to play in any games. Jonie Abler will be contacting students on Monday, September 28 to notify each student when they are able to return to practice and play. If a student has been in quarantine or isolation and the date provided by the SDDOH is not consistent with the schools records, please contact Mr. Hurd so we are able to confirm the date for return.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call Mr. Hurd at 605-948-2252 Ext 1001.
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Hoven School District Announcements--September 25, 2020
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September 25, 2020
SchoolMessenger Voice Message
First, I am pleased to report that our district has no additional student or staff COVID-19 cases to report and this is certainly great news!! Today we also officially completed our 25th day of school for the 2020-2021 school year and there is only three weeks left in the 1st Quarter!
For our Elementary parents, all PK-6 grade students will continue next week as normal in face-to-face classes. We also want to report that we will also return our 7th and 8th grade students Back to School in face-to-face classes on Monday, September 28. This will be due to no active cases or close contacts for those grade levels. When those students return next week, we will again be in LEVEL 2—YELLOW. Please be sure that students have a mask to wear in common areas of the school and in the classroom when social distancing is not possible. Students in Grades 7-8 will need to wear masks in classrooms at all times when social distancing of 6 feet is not possible until further notice.
Students in grades Grades 9-12 will continue in Flex and E-Learning next week until further notice. We are carefully considering when to return our high school students, but it is possible that students may remain in an online format through Friday, October 2. The school board is meeting early next week to discuss potential changes to our Re-Opening Plan and when more information is known, we will be sure inform our parents of any changes. Grab and Go Lunch will continue for students next week during E-Learning from 12:00 PM-12:30 PM for pickup.
In regard to activities, Potter County Athletics will resume games and practices starting next week, which will also be Gettysburg School District’s Homecoming. Students in grades 6-8 will resume their practices and games next week. Students in Grades 9-12 are not allowed to attend practices or games for Potter County Athletics until their grade levels are cleared to return to school. We have also canceled our Band trip to Aberdeen Roncalli and our Band and student body participation in the Gettysburg Homecoming parade as a safety precaution for further COVID-19 transmission.
Also, we wanted to inform parents that due our high school remaining in virtual learning next week, we have made the decision to move our Parent Teacher Conferences to Thursday, October 8 from 1:30 PM-6:30 PM. School will release on October 8 at 12:30 PM. Parents have the choice of either attending conferences Face-to-Face or you may schedule a virtual conference via Zoom with teachers to discuss your student’s progress. As a reminder, masks will be required for all in attendance and social distancing of 6 feet or more is required.
Lastly, our plan is to have a full week of school next week and there will be no early releases for any events or activities, including Gettysburg homecoming after our recent school closure. We are prioritizing our need to remain in school and working to reduce the risk of our students exposure to group settings were COVID-19 transmission is possible. If you choose to checkout your student to attend the activities in Gettysburg next week, we will excuse the absence with parent permission.
I also want to thank our staff for all their hard work and dedication to our students. They have simply gone above and beyond this school year to provide your students with a high-quality education and I hope you will join me in telling them Thank You the next time you see them around.
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Hoven School District Announcements--September 22, 2020
Hoven School District 53-2
SchoolMessenger School Update
September 22, 2020
This message is to inform our parents that as of today, there are no new cases of COVID-19 to report in the district, which is certainly good news!
As a reminder, Grades 7-12 will begin a transition to Flex and E-Learning tomorrow Wednesday, September 23 until further notice. Materials for classes should have been picked up today. Please make sure your student follows their daily schedule and is on their Zoom calls on time. Also, we will be serving Grab and Go lunch for any students in Grades 7-12 who indicated they would like a lunch. Distribution will be outside the front doors of the High School from 12:00 PM-12:30 PM. During the time our secondary school is in virtual learning, meals for all K-12 students will be served free of charge through our federal meals program. If you have not signed up for Grab and Go meals, you may call Kim in the High School office tomorrow morning to indicate you want to participate.
Also, Grades PK-6 grade will resume classes at the school face-to-face on Wednesday, September 23 and remain attending school in person until further notice. Pre-School will resume on Thursday, September 24. Students will return to school in LEVEL 2-YELLOW and will need to have a mask for transitions within the school building. Social distancing will be strictly practiced in classrooms and hallways and we will also attempt to use social distancing instead of masks during classroom activities as much as possible. Cleaning of the Elementary was completed today and we will be ready to welcome our Elementary students back to school tomorrow.
Also, due to changes in Gettysburg Homecoming, we will have full school days on Wednesday-Friday of this week and there will be no early releases. Again, we will have school all day the rest of the week Wednesday through Friday.
During the next two weeks of school, we are also asking that all families closely monitor your children for illness and if you have any concerns, please contact your healthcare provider.
Lastly, we know this has been a difficult period for all of our families and our staff have been working hard to make sure we finish the rest of the week by getting our students back to school both in person and virtually. We look forward to seeing our students back to learning tomorrow.
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Hoven School District Announcements--September 21, 2020
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School District Update
September 21, 2020
This message is to inform our parents that as of today, the Hoven School District has confirmed one additional student with a positive test for COVID-19. This case was related to a pending test we were waiting for confirmation on. The district now has a total of five (5) students with laboratory-confirmed tests of COVID-19, which are all in the Secondary. We have no additional pending student or staff tests that we are aware of as of today. If your student for any reason receives a positive COVID-19 test result, please contact Mr. Hurd as soon as possible.
As a reminder, Grades 7-12 will begin a transition to Flex and E-Learning on Wednesday, September 23 until further notice. Tomorrow on Tuesday, September 22 we have called and scheduled a time for students to pickup their school books, materials, and laptops. Students will begin pickup of materials starting at 11:00 AM in 10-minute increments until 3:30 PM. Please make sure to come on time to school at your scheduled time. We will be distributing materials outside of the front doors of the high school so students will not need to enter the building. We encourage students to please wear masks when picking up materials at the school. An e-mail was also sent to all students today reminding them of their expectations for E-Learning. Also, your student will need internet access to participate in online learning. If your family does not have interest access, please call the school so we can develop a plan for how your student will participate.
Grades PK-6 grade will resume classes at the school face-to-face on Wednesday, September 23 and remain attending school until further notice. Students will return to school in LEVEL 2-YELLOW and will need to have a mask as needed at school. Please make sure to send 1-2 masks for your student to wear as needed. Social distancing will be strictly practiced and we will attempt to use social distancing instead of masks during classroom activities as much as possible. Today, the school was not notified of any COVID-19 cases or close contacts connected to the Elementary. We strongly believe that it is in the best interest to have our Elementary students in the classroom and we are in the process of finalizing our deep cleaning so students and staff can return safely.
During the next two weeks of school, we are asking that all families closely monitor your children for illness and if you have any concerns, please contact your healthcare provider.
I want to assure our families that our guidance of how we respond in the days ahead will always be in coordination with the advice and recommendations of the South Dakota Department of Health and our local health officials. As with anything health-related, the safety of our students, staff and families is our utmost priority. We appreciate your flexibility and support in the days ahead.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and if you have any questions, please give us a call or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
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Hoven Superintendent Update--9-20-2020
Hoven School District--School Closure and E-Learning Announcement
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School Closure and E-Learning Announcement
September 20, 2020
This message is to inform our parents that as of today, the Hoven School District has four (4) students with laboratory-confirmed tests of COVID-19. These cases as well as household contacts are connected to secondary students only at this time. The school district is collaborating with the DOH and determining close contacts. We do believe that there is a good chance that other students will be tested and we may have additional cases that will come forward in the next few days.
As a result, The Hoven School District administration and school board have made the difficult decision to implement a transition plan for the upcoming school week. The Hoven School District will be closed for Monday, September 21 and Tuesday, September 22. We will be using this time to perform a deep cleaning of our classrooms and building and this will also be time for our staff to prepare for school the remainder of the week.
Grades 7-12 will begin a transition to Flex and E-Learning on Wednesday, September 23 through Friday, September 25 and will remain in online classes until further notice. Students will attend their classes at the normal scheduled time and teachers will e-mail information about links to Zoom meetings and assignments via Schoology. Also, there will be no activities for the entire week for Grades 6-12 and all games this week scheduled for Potter County Athletics will likely be postponed or canceled. Gettysburg is also considering moving their Homecoming to next week and changing the date of the football game. More information will come soon on this to parents soon.
Grades PK-6 grade will hope to resume classes at the school face-to-face on Wednesday, September 23 through Friday, September 25 as long as there are no active COVID-19 cases reported in the next two days in the Elementary. We strongly believe that it is in the best interest to have our Elementary students in the classroom if we can do so safely. Since the current cases are localized to the Secondary, we feel that we can continue to hold classes with the Elementary as long as we do not have cases reported in the Elementary. If one or more cases were to be confirmed in the Elementary, we would also transition to Flex/E-Learning for Wednesday, September 23 to Friday, September 25.
During this time of school closure, we are asking that all families closely monitor your children for illness and if you have any concerns, please contact your healthcare provider. If you believe you are a close contact, please be ready to answer your phone because it may be a call from the SDDOH. In addition, on Friday the CDC recently changed its guidance and suggested that anyone who is a close contact should be tested to determine if you are an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19. Up to 40% of all positive cases are connected to asymptomatic carriers. Please visit with your healthcare provider and they may direct you to a testing facility that will provide you a Rapid Test where results can be returned to you within a couple of hours.
I also plan to put together a video sometime today and will post more information as it becomes available on our School News page on our website and our Facebook page.
I want to assure our families that our guidance of how we respond to these situations will always be in coordination with the advice and recommendations of the South Dakota Department of Health, SD Department of Education, and our local health officials. As with anything health related, the safety of our students, staff and families is our utmost priority. We appreciate your flexibility and support as we work through these issues one day and one week at a time.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and if you have any questions, please give us a call at the school or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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September 19, 2020
The Hoven School District 53-2 would like to report that we have been made aware of new cases in the Secondary school in the past few days. Currently we have four (4) students who are positive for COVID-19 and we expect another pending test will also be positive.
Superintendent Hurd and the school board will be making a decision on Sunday, September 20 to determine what school next week will look like. It is feasible that we may take a few days off to see if new cases surface and to do deep cleaning at the school. Staff will also prepare for a potential transition to online learning if necessary.
Superintendent Hurd will let parents know our plan early tomorrow so parents can make plans. We are concerned that there could be other cases we are not aware of and want to make sure we do everything to protect the safety of our students and families.
We will keep you posted as things change moving forward.
Parent Letter of Positive COVID-19 Case--September 18, 2020
Hoven School District 53-2--COVID-19 Update September 4, 2020
Hoven School District 53-2 Announcements
September 4, 2020
COVID-19 School Update
Voice Message Link:
This message is to inform parents of the Hoven School District that we have received notification of one staff member who has been diagnosed with a positive laboratory test for COVID-19. We are alerting parents to be watchful for children with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 illness during the next 14 days. If your child is identified as being a close contact to a COVID-19 case, the SDDOH will contact you.
• Fever or chills
• Shortness of breath
• Difficulty breathing
• Muscle or body aches
• Loss of taste or smell
• Sore Throat
• Congestion or runny nose
• Nausea or vomiting
Despite what you may have heard or what rumors may be being told in the community, at this time there are no students or additional staff in the Hoven School District that have tested positive for COVID-19. As a friendly reminder, the COVID-19 virus is spread from person-to-person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Spread is more likely to occur when people are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet for at least 15 consecutive minutes). A close contact as identified by the SDDOH is someone who has also been within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for 15 consecutive minutes. Identification of close contacts should only be determined through an interview process conducted by the SDDOH. Parents should not identify on their own that their children are a close contact and instead should seek the advice of their doctor or health care provider if your student has any of the symptoms from our health screener. If your children develop symptoms of any contagious disease, including COVID-19, do not send them to school. If you contact your healthcare provider, follow all directions on care and testing and be sure to provide the school with any directions from health care providers for your children so we can excuse their attendance when it is available.
A letter was sent home to families this afternoon notifying you of the positive case in our building today and we will also post this message on our district Facebook page and School District News link.
We are asking that all families take extra precautions over the Labor Day Weekend and since we are in an area of Substantial community spread, limit your interactions with friends, family, and other loved ones who may be vulnerable to COVID-19. Please be safe and take the necessary precautions you feel are in the best interest of you and your family.
Today, I have spoken with our school board and school staff and we have reached a consensus that starting next week we will continue in LEVEL 1-GREEN. If I am informed that we have four (4) or more cases of COVID-19 in our school, we will move to LEVEL 2-YELLOW for 14 days. If we need to increase our mitigation strategies in the coming days or weeks, we will be sure to let our families know. There are currently 15 active cases of COVID-19 in Potter County and cases are continuing to rise. If we move to LEVEL 2-YELLOW, this may include stricter social distancing, mandatory screenings by parents and school staff for related symptoms, seating charts in classrooms, and the wearing of masks when social distancing is not possible. We appreciate your support in talking with your child on making sure the policies of our school district are followed and that we prepare for a potential move to LEVEL 2-YELLOW if necessary.
Thank You for your support during these uncertain times and we will keep in touch as things progress in the coming days and weeks.
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Parent Letter of Positive COVID-19 Case--September 4, 2020
Hoven School District COVID-19 Update--September 2, 2020
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SCHOOLMESSENGER COVID-19 Update
September 2, 2020
As many of you know, Potter County has seen a rise in positive cases of COVID-19 in the past few weeks. Currently, there are 13 active cases in Potter County and as a school, we are monitoring this situation closely. I also want parents to know that currently, we do not have any active cases in our school and we are following our district plan in accordance with the rise in Substantial community spread. We are currently holding in LEVEL 1-GREEN for now, but parents and students need to prepare for things to change quickly if necessary. According to the SDDOH, a move to YELLOW-LEVEL 2 would be warranted if and when our school district has 4 or more active laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our school. We will keep you posted if anything changes.
With these conditions in mind, it is important to know if and when to keep your student home if they are ill. On our website is the Student Symptom Screening Checklist, which is also in our school district plan. Please be sure to monitor the health of your children and do not send your child to school if they answer YES to any of those questions. We are recommending that if your child has any symptoms on the list, that you contact your medical provider to determine your next steps. If you are keeping your child home and have seen your medical provider, we would appreciate our families providing a doctor’s note when they return to school so we can excuse their school attendance. If your child is only home for a few days and their symptoms have improved, students may return to school without a note as long as the symptoms are not present for 24 hours. It is very important that you keep lines of communication open with us so we know why your child was absent.
Lastly, if we need to increase or mitigation strategies to LEVEL 2-YELLOW in the coming days or weeks, we will be increasing our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This may include stricter social distancing, mandatory screenings by parents and school staff for related symptoms, seating charts in classrooms, and the wearing of masks when social distancing is not possible. We appreciate your support in talking with your child on making sure the policies of our school district are followed and that we prepare for a potential move to LEVEL 2-YELLOW if necessary.
Thank You for your support during these uncertain times and we will keep in touch as things progress in the coming weeks.
Hoven School District 53-2
First Day of School and General Info--August 19, 2020
Hoven School District Announcements
August 19, 2020
The first day of school today went very well and the staff and I could not be happier to see the smiling faces of our students entering the hallways again! We want to thank our parents for all your support as we continue to move forward this school year. Our students did a great job adjusting to the many changes our district has implemented so far and we are looking forward to a great school year ahead.
I want to make a few announcements for parents as reminders as we start the school year.
First, for all elementary parents, the doors to all entrances and exits to the Elementary will be locked at all times and parents and visitors to the school must come to the entrance of the Junior High/High School and check in with Kim at the office. If you are visiting the school, you must have a mask and have an appointment as we continue to address safety in our building for the school year. Elementary students will be able to enter and exit through the gym foyer doors in the morning if they are dropped off on the North side of the school. For the safety of all our students, we ask that you use the Round-About-Driveway for pickup and drop-off and that you not use Main Street for safety reasons.
In addition, there were a few concerns with parent pickup today after school. Pre-School and Kindergarten parents should always pick up your student from the Round-About-Driveway on the North side of the school between the entrance to the new school and gym foyer. All other students in Grades 1-6 and their parents should pick up their student either from The Round About Driveway or behind the school at the playground. To promote safety for our students, please use these locations. We recommend you let your child’s teacher know which location you prefer them to be picked up at so they know where to send them after school. Parents will be responsible to let the school or teacher know if the pickup location changes. If you child is walking home and not being picked up, they will be allowed to leave the closest exit from their classroom.
Second, there were several students who did not have a water bottle. Water fountains have been turned off except for water bottle refilling stations. Please make sure your child brings a water bottle each day so that they can stay hydrated. We will send water bottles home each day to be washed for good hygiene practices.
Lastly, on page 32 of our Hoven School District Re-opening plan we will be asking parents to conduct home screenings of students each morning before coming to school. We ask that you place a copy of this on your refrigerator or other area for it to be accessed each day. The list was also recently posted on Facebook. Parents are responsible to self-screen your students each day prior to school which includes administering temperature checks to ensure students do not have a temperature of 100.4 F or greater. We are asking that if your child or children are sick, please keep them home. If you have any questions about whether or not your child is healthy enough to attend school, please give us a call.
Hoven School District 53-2
Back to School and Open House Cancellation--August 12, 2020
It is hard to believe that one week from today school will again be in session. We are excited to welcome our students back into the building next week and we are looking forward to a great school year. I wanted to share some information with you as we look forward to our start.
First, an article was published in the Hoven Review today for August 12 providing our parents and community with information on our reopening. The info will also be posted on our school district website under the District News link. You can also read our school district reopening plan, Frequently Asked Questions, access COVID-19 resources, and more by visiting our website. There will be a lot of information to sift through, but if you have questions or concerns, please use those resources or give us a call.
I also want parents to be reminded of additional school supplies each student will need this year. Students will need a reusable water bottle and two (2) face masks to use this year if needed. Students and families should consider bringing personal hand sanitizer and travel tissues as well.
In addition, on page 32 of our plan we will be asking parents to conduct home screenings of students each morning before coming to school. We ask that you place a copy of this on your refrigerator or other area for it to be accessed each day. Parents are responsible to self-screen your students each day prior to school which includes administering temperature checks to ensure students do not have a temperature of 100.4 F or greater. We are asking that if your child or children are sick, please keep them home. If you have any questions about whether or not your child is healthy enough to attend school, please give us a call.
I also want to let parents know that we will be changing our procedures for all parents and visitors to the school this year. We are asking that all parents not come into the school unless it is absolutely necessary and you have permission from the school to be in attendance. If you have an appointment, all parents and visitors will be required to wear masks until social distancing will allow their removal. When you arrive you must check in at the Junior High/High School office and obtain a visitor badge before proceeding to your meeting and or appointment. We will also be locking all doors to the Elementary each school day and the main entrance to the high school must be used to enter the district buildings by all parents and visitors. We will be providing Pre-School and Kindergarten parent’s information on changes to pickup and drop-off very soon.
Lastly, due to COVID-19 and for the purposes of starting our school year healthy, we have made the decision as a school staff to not hold Open House this year. We will be sending home all information that will need to be completed on the first day of school with your child. We appreciate your support and understanding.
Hoven School District 53-2
Back to School--Reopening With Safety in Mind
Hoven Review Article--August 12, 2020
Greetings from the Hoven School District 53-2! I hope that our staff, students, and parents have had a great summer as we have navigated the waters of our current pandemic while continuing our daily lives. When school closed last March, there was a tremendous amount of uncertainty about when we would be able to go back to school again face-to-face. Fortunately, we have had just one case of COVID-19 in our county, and have had no additional cases since. Since school released in May, our community once again re-opened businesses, our kids participated in baseball, we were able to open the swimming pool, and it is clear members of the community continued to take the necessary precautions to keep themselves healthy. Fast forward to August, and here we are ready to begin a new school year. I am excited to announce that our staff and students will be headed back to school face-to-face on Wednesday, August 19. As we look across the country, other schools are returning to school online or part-time and this is certainly unfortunate. I am proud to say that we in the Hoven School District will be back together soon and we look forward to having a great school year ahead!
Hoven School District Reopening Plan
A great majority of the summer was spent on acquiring new knowledge and information on how we may safely return back to school. Information from the CDC, South Dakota Department of Health (SDDOH), as well as the South Dakota Department of Education (SDDOE) has been plentiful. In the midst of the research, it was clear that each school district would need to come up with a plan, and involvement from the community would be necessary to finalize what school would look like this year. I developed an initial “working document”, and compiled the best information available in a draft of the plan and delivered to our committee to rework as needed in late July and early August. We met three times for a total of six hours to finalize the document that will be presented to the school board this week. I encourage you all to visit our current plan at the following link: https://bit.ly/3ahcPzJ. I want to thank the following committee members who attended one or more of our meetings for their hard work on this plan, and for helping our school district reopen safely this school year.
· Jonie Abler
· Amy Arbach
· April Hobert
· Mike Hobert
· Jeremy Hurd
· LaDeen Krueger
· Terri Ladwig
· Chantel Stoecker
· Jane Ulrich
· Audra Jensen
· Mel Kaiser
· Lynette Lutter
· Matt Pribyl
· Donna Rausch
· Heidi Seurer
· Krystal Stuwe
· Kathryn Rausch
School Reopening and Mitigation Strategies
One of the primary facts of the virus as we know it, is that the CDC and SDDOH identify close contacts as someone who spends more than 15 consecutive minutes within 6 feet of someone who has a laboratory-confirmed test of COVID-19. We understand that the primary transmission of the virus is through respiratory droplets, naked to the human eye, which enter the nose and mouth of an individual not carrying the virus. Individuals typically see symptoms between 2 days after being infected with the virus and may carry the virus for up to 14 days. While some people have symptoms as listed by the CDC, others can carry the virus and be asymptomatic, spreading the virus to others not even knowing they have it. As we attempt to mitigate the virus, we know that the number of active cases and community spread in our county and school district will largely dictate our response as the school year moves forward.
As you examine our plan, you will notice on Page 8, a three-tiered approach to our district response of the virus. We have a Level 1—GREEN (no active cases in the building or community), Level 2—YELLOW (isolated cases in the building or minimal to moderate community transmission), and Level 3—RED (substantial cases in the building and substantial to uncontrolled community transmission). I won’t go into great detail on each level, but our response this school year will be based on the active cases in our school as well as our community. If and when we move from one level to another, a decision will be considered amongst the school board, administration, and school staff. We may also be advised by the SDDOH on what level we may need to move to.
I want to share what our Level 1-GREEN strategies will be when students come back to school and to help educate parents on what we plan to do:
- Frequent handwashing will be encouraged and the use of hand sanitizer will be available to promote healthy hand hygiene. We will also post signage in the bathrooms to encourage the practice and promote appropriate handwashing techniques for at least 20 seconds.
- Staff and students need to practice good cough and sneeze etiquette using tissues or their elbow to reduce aerosol spread in a classroom
- Parents will be expected to conduct daily health screenings of students at home using a district provided checklist (Page 32 of the plan) and will also take temperature screenings. If students are sick and do not pass the screening, students should stay home! A student with a temperature of 100.4 F or greater is not allowed to attend school and it will be recommended they see their health provider
- Each classroom will have an infrared Temperature thermometer to test any student who they may suspect is running a fever on an as needed basis
- The district will increase cleaning and sanitization efforts of high touch surfaces across the school including bathrooms, sinks, door handles and knobs, light switches, and more
- Staff will spread out students in the classroom to the greatest degree possible and practice social distancing where it is feasible and reasonable, but not at the expense of the students and their education
- Elementary will have a split lunch with K-2 in Group A and 3-6 in Group B. Secondary lunch will require 7th and 8th Grade to sit together. Students in Grade 9-12 may mix tables and should limit the number per table.
- Masks and face coverings are allowed to be worn by staff and students but they are not required. The freedom to wear a mask in school will not be restricted, politicized, or disciplined to allow individual choice to protect one’s own health and peace of mind.
- All staff and students must bring their own water bottles. Communal use of water fountains will not be allowed and water fountains will be turned off except for water bottle refilling stations above each water fountain. Filters will be used at each fountain to maintain water quality.
- The sharing of classroom supplies will be limited and any shared supplied will be encouraged to be cleaned by staff to maintain good classroom hygiene
- Staff will clean desks at the end of each day to maintain student workspace hygiene
These will be the mitigation steps we will take when school begins. In general, a move to LEVEL 2-YELLOW will mean that we will have had an isolated case in our school or minimal to moderate community spread in our district and county. At this stage, all of GREEN will take place; plus, we will engage in temperature screenings each morning at school, more strictly enforce social distancing and require face masks and coverings in the common areas of the school, use desk dividers instead of masking in the classroom during instruction with social distancing between student desks and seating, and implement the use of seating charts in all classrooms and the lunchroom for contact tracing. We will also cancel all field trips, assemblies, and large gatherings. In LEVEL 3-RED we will move to online learning again for a period of no longer than 10 school days and coordinate with the SDDOH on when it would be in our best interest to open school again. Please visit our school district website at: https://www.hoven.k12.sd.us/ to stay up to date as things progress and move forward.
Parent Support Crucial To Our Reopening
I want to encourage all of our parents to become familiar with our reopening plan and ask any questions that you have as we move forward in the school year. First and foremost, we must all do our part to keep students home if they are sick. Our greatest concern will be any student running a temperature of 100.4 or greater. No student should attend school with a fever, until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication per school policy. At the August board meeting we will have updated our student communicable disease guidelines and will send a copy of this policy home so that you know when your child may return to school if they are sick. We will encourage parents to see their medical provider if possible for any signs or symptoms your child may be experiencing beyond allergies or common cold symptoms. If you are not sure, please call the school and we will help you determine when your child may return after an illness. We also encourage you to practice good personal and hand hygiene at home and use common sense when socializing in a large group setting as well as traveling to and from areas with community spread of COVID-19.
I also want to encourage parents to review our entire reopening plan, which will cover general guidance about other relevant issues and how they will be handled. There is also information there regarding what will happen if we transition to E-Learning again, and what will happen in the event, a staff member or student is quarantined or isolated due to a South Dakota Department of Health order. It also includes infographics from the SDDOH regarding close contacts and the process that the SDDOH and our district will take if a case is identified in our school.
Lastly, we are encouraging you as a family to have the additional following supplies for your students when school starts on Wednesday, August 19:
- A way to measure the daily temperatures of your children each morning before leaving home
- Reusable Water Bottles for each child (bottles sent home to be washed daily)
- Two (2) Cloth Face Masks or Face Coverings for each child in your home. Certain situations this year may require them (Sports and Level 2-YELLOW). Two coverings allows for a back-up if one is lost and for rotation and daily cleaning.
- Personal Hand Sanitizer to be used as needed or if your child has skin allergies and you want them to carry a personal supply
- Personal Travel Tissues for their desk to use at their desk
Parent and Community Visitation Changes
The Hoven School District will be strictly limiting access into the school building by parents, community members, and visitors this school year. As a means of protecting the health of everyone in our school, we are asking that all parents and visitors not come into the school unless it is necessary. If you must come to the school to visit with someone in our offices or for a meeting with a teacher, please be sure your visitation is cleared in advance by the school and whomever you are meeting with. We will also be requiring masks for all visitors the entire school year. If you have a meeting, we will make all attempts to practice social distancing so that we may have a conversation without the need for masking.
In addition, we are handling the protocols for visitors slightly different as well. All visitors will be required to sign in at each office and all visitors must acquire a visitor badge to travel anywhere else in the school. We will also be making a change at our Elementary entrance. The main doors of the Elementary will be closed from 8:15 AM-3:10 PM each day. This means, that any visitors to the school district during those times, must come to the main entrance of the high school before proceeding anywhere else in school district building. This change was made as an added level of security in our district, and we appreciate your support in helping us to provide the safest learning environment possible for our students.
I want to thank all of you once again, for your support of our school each and every year. I know the staff and I are ready to see our students this year, and we are excited to see them return to the hallways and classrooms. We know that this school year will look very different in so many ways, and there is no doubt that things will continue to evolve as we move throughout the school year. The staff and I ask for your patience, flexibility, compassion, grace, and support as we move ahead. Our district theme this year is “Stronger Together” and we know it will take a collective effort of each and every one of us to make this the best school year we can. Thank You all for your continued support of Hoven School District 53-2 and we look forward to making it a great year!
Hoven School District 53-2
Hoven School District 53-2 K-12 School Supplies 2020-2021
All K-12 students should have the following school supplies for the 2020-2021 school year to help mitigate and respond to the spread of COVID-19. Please be sure to plan accordingly
Reusable Water Bottle (Required)
- Communal use of water fountains will not be allowed. Students will only be able to use water bottle filling stations in the school to help reduce transmission
Two (2) Cloth Masks or Face Coverings (Required)
- Masks may be needed in some situations this school year and school mitigation may make masks necessary, but this is unknown. Please choose a covering that works best for your children
Personal Hand Sanitizer (Recommended)
- We recommend that each student have a personal supply of their own hand sanitizer to use as needed and especially for students with skin or respiratory sensitivity to particular sanitizers used by the school. The school will have hand sanitizer available in each classroom
Personal Travel Tissues (Recommended)
- We recommend that each student have a personal supply of their own travel tissues to use as needed at their desk.
SchoolMessenger--April 29, 2020--School District Updates
HOVEN SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNOUNCEMENT
April 29, 2020
As a reminder to parents, the Hoven School District will continue E-Learning through Friday, May 8. The following week May 11-May 15 will be used to help transition out of the 2019-2020 school year and provide time for checkout for staff and students. The official last day of school for all students and staff will be Friday, May 15. We will be sharing our plan sometime this weekend on our website through the Morning Announcements link, our Facebook page, and in the Hoven Review on Wednesday, May 6. One thing we are asking is that every student acquire a box that will fit all of their current classroom based school property for checkout. We will share more information with you soon.
Second, as a reminder we will have our next Parent Packet Pickup and Drop-off for Grades K-4 at the front doors of the high school on Friday, May 1 from 7:45 AM-4:00 PM. When you arrive, please look through the lost and found items under the tables to the left to see if something may be yours. Also, if you have not done so, please place your lunch payment in an envelope and drop-off the payment in the box labeled to Amy Arbach in the foyer as soon as you can. We will again checkout library books for one more week. All books will need to be turned back in at the parent drop-off on Friday, May 8.
I also want to remind everyone that I have recently published grading guidelines that the district will be using for the 4th Quarter on our Facebook page and on the Morning Announcements link. We want to make it clear to parents that the key to passing the quarter with a good grade is to complete every assignment. If your child completes all the work that has been assigned, your student will pass their classes for the quarter. However, if you don’t, we will develop a plan to make sure the work is done when we return to school and we may be exploring options for students to attend school this summer to complete the missing work. Make sure your students complete every assignment! It is the key to their success.
Lastly, I want to let everyone know that next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and Staff Appreciation Week May 4-May 8! I encourage all of you to do what you feel you can to express your thanks and support for our staff for all they do for your students. We are very lucky to have such a great team in the Hoven School District and I want to thank all my staff for all they have done for our students this school year! I hope you will join me in thanking them for all they do!
We only have 7 E-Learning school days to go this year! Let’s make the most of every day and ensure we finish the school year strong!
Hoven School District 53-2
COVID-19 4th Quarter Grading Policy
Parents and Students,
COVID-19 4th Quarter Grading Policy
The following links explain the adjustments that are being made by the Hoven School District regarding grading for the 4th Quarter. The system creates greater fairness and accuracy during the COVID-19 school closure.
Hoven School District 4th Quarter Grading--COVID-19
Google Docs Video
Hoven School District 4th Quarter Grading Document
You can also click the links below to take you to the Hoven School District COVID-19 grading policy.
Hoven School District 53-2
SchoolMessenger--April 23, 2020--School District Updates
HOVEN SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNOUNCEMENT
April 23, 2020
As a reminder to parents, the Hoven School District will continue E-Learning through Friday, May 8. The following week May 11-May 15 will be used to help transition out of the 2019-2020 school year and provide time for checkout for staff and students. The official last day of school for all students and staff will be Friday, May 15. We are currently working on a plan for this school transition and will publish the information on our website through the Morning Announcements link, our Facebook page, and in the Hoven Review soon.
Second, as a reminder we will once again conduct Parent Packet Pickup and Drop-off for Grades K-4 at the front doors of the high school on Friday, April 24 from 7:45 AM-4:00 PM. As a reminder, please no more than (2) two parents in the foyer at one time. We appreciate your cooperation honoring social distancing in our foyer.
Again, if you want to request library books from the Elementary e-mail Dori Lunders at Dori.Lunders@k12.sd.us and for the Secondary e-mail Christina Schaefer at Christina.Schaefer@k12.sd.us prior to 12:00 PM (Noon) each Thursday. Book orders will be fulfilled on Thursday afternoon and will be ready on Friday’s during Parent Packet Pickup in the high school foyer.
Lastly, we are also working on the course schedule for secondary students for the 2020-2021 school year and we are in the process of finalizing 4th quarter grade reporting adjustments for E-Learning. We want to make it clear to parents that the key to passing the quarter with a good grade is to complete every assignment.
In the Elementary students will receive a grade that is equal to the average of their Quarter 1, Quarter 2, and Quarter 3 grades in each subject for finishing all assigned work.
In the Secondary, student grading will be evaluated using points assigned to each assignment, however every student will receive two attempts to complete every assignment and that any assignment more than five days late will at a minimum receive half-credit.
These adjustments will be made to our grading policies to allow for flexibility and student success. In this format, if you do all the work assigned, your student will pass their classes for the quarter. However, if you don’t, we will develop a plan to make sure the work is done when we return to school. Make sure your students complete every assignment! It is the key to their success.
We only have 12 E-Learning school days to go this year! Let’s make the most of every day and ensure we finish the school year strong!
Hoven School District 53-2
SchoolMessenger--April 15, 2020--School District Updates
HOVEN SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNOUNCEMENT
April 15, 2020
First, I want to announce that at the school board meeting this past Monday, the school board approved that all K-12 students will continue E-Learning through Friday, May 8. This means that teachers will continue to plan and deliver new instruction to students via E-Learning through Friday, May 8. The following week May 11-May 15 will be used to help transition out of the 2019-2020 school year and provide time for checkout for staff and students using social distancing as well as allowing students to turn in last-minute make-up work for teachers to finalize grades. The official last day of school for all students and staff will be Friday, May 15. We will let you know as time gets closer how our checkout week during May 11-May 15 will look as time moves forward.
Second, as a reminder we will once again conduct Parent Packet Pickup and Drop-off again for Grades K-4 at the front doors of the high school on Friday, April 17 from 7:45 AM-4:00 PM. You may come at any time, but we want to request that there be no more than (2) two parents in the foyer at one time. We appreciate your cooperation honoring social distancing for Parent Packet Pickup each week moving forward.
Lastly, for the rest of the school year, we will provide access to our school library books for students. To request books from the Elementary e-mail Dori Lunders at Dori.Lunders@k12.sd.us and for the Secondary e-mail Christina Schaefer at Christina.Schaefer@k12.sd.us prior to 12:00 PM (Noon) each Thursday. Book orders will be fulfilled on Thursday afternoon and will be ready on Friday’s during Parent Packet Pickup in the high school foyer. There will also be library drop-off containers for both the elementary and secondary libraries in the high school foyer. The librarians would like to encourage students who have finished books to please turn the books back in as other students are requesting books that are already checked out. This will be the plan for the library each week moving forward.
We want to again thank the students for all your hard work and the parents for all your hard work and support as well. We have just 17 school days of E-Learning to go! Let’s make the most of every day and ensure we finish the school year strong!
Hoven School District 53-2
Hoven School District: E-Learning in the Midst of a Pandemic
Teaching and learning online is nothing new. Since the age of the internet companies across the country have sprouted up providing educators with tools to move components of their classes online or use some form of technology. The most common form of E-Learning (learning conducted via the internet) and components takes place in high school in the form of dual-credit courses offered by universities. In high schools, teachers also use platforms such as Google Classroom and Schoology to engage students in preparing them for online and dual credit classes they will use in the future so students understand what learning online looks like.
Fast forward to what is now our current reality. We are no longer looking at e-learning as a component for high school and college students, but education is now being delivered by all K-12 teachers in our school district and across the world. It has become the mode of learning making it capable to continue education during a pandemic and social distancing. When the Hoven School District staff came together March 16, we knew we had a huge mountain to climb getting ready for the following week. E-Learning for our staff at the time was looked at as a “temporary” mode of learning in the hopes we would be back to school sooner than later. The Coronavirus has unfortunately controlled the timeline and we are likely to continue this mode of learning until the end of the school year.
Determining the Pace of E-Learning
The last two weeks we have learned a great deal. One of the things we have continued to struggle to figure out is the pacing of education at home. We knew that hour for hour education in school was not going to be a reality at home. It is simply unrealistic. Initially, I told staff that I thought a rigorous pace at home was probably asking students to complete about 50%-70% of what would be done at school on a daily basis. Now, I have settled on the 50% pace guideline for staff. To some parents who have high expectations for student learning, this may look like a scaling back of education. In many ways it is. However, when you move from face-to-face interactions to online, the missing component to moving learning forward is teacher direct instruction and feedback. Students are used to having questions they have answered in real-time that moves learning forward. The pace of feedback in an online classroom or course is directly related to how fast an e-mail can be answered or a Zoom virtual meeting can be scheduled. Not to mention that each teacher is providing curriculum to each student with what they feel is a good pace having never taught online before. I would agree that providing too little is not good for students, but overwhelm is another. In most situations even in college, students may have one or two classes online and the rest are face to face. I think that one of the best things that teachers have done is to get feedback from parents and students. I have asked that our teachers have these conversations to find out if the pace and process is working. If these conversations have not taken place and you are a parent or student, feel free to reach out and make sure to communicate with us how things are going.
Teacher Workload Concerns
I have spoken with many of our staff and teacher workload continues to be a concern. I know that there are staff who are working long hours each day. The problem is that learning for students in a online environment has students engaged in learning at all hours of the day. Teachers have indicated that they have students asking questions about assignments from 8 AM in the morning until 12 AM the same day. I have expressed to teachers that they only have to be available to students every day following their contracted days and normal school hours. Some teachers have had to put limits on when they will answer student’s e-mails, putting off some to the next day. There have even been comments regarding teachers expressing unexplained headaches that have likely been associated with the amount of screen time they have been engaged in. For each teacher, this becomes a choice as to whether they extend their normal school day after hours into the evenings. In addition, teachers are taking additional time to make sure assignments are uploaded to Google Classroom or Schoology. Teachers are pre-recording some videos for students to watch on their own time and also conducting LIVE Zoom sessions where students have the chance to interact with their teacher and classmates and posting those recordings for students who miss them. All sessions are recorded so students can watch them later. Students in Grades K-4 work with online videos and Zoom classes as well as packet work that is sent home on a weekly basis with pickup and drop-off happening every Friday. Students follow a daily schedule or work on projects as assigned by teachers. The demand on teachers has skyrocketed. With lesson planning and creation on Planbook, learning new online teaching platforms, Zoom meetings and schedules, e-mail, phone calls and the multitude of things to balance for teachers working at home has proved to present it challenges. Teachers are working longer days and hours than ever before and are doing their best. I had one-on-one phone calls with each teacher this past week and things are going better this past week than the week before. Each week moving forward will get better and our teachers are making the best of it. I am very proud of our staff for all their efforts. They have handled this disruption with grace, professionalism, and have remained dedicated to making sure our students get their best without too much overwhelm. I hope you will join me in thanking them for their efforts. I could not have asked for harder working and dedicated team.
Students and Parents Learn to Adapt to E-Learning
Another component to E-Learning that is half the equation is the work and efforts that are taking place by students and parents at home. Some parents have larger families and younger students that make the process a real challenge. It is no surprise that parents who have younger students typically have some larger burdens to carry when it comes to homework. The younger the student the more guidance that is needed to ensure work is being done and to the quality expected by the teacher. Some work can be done independently by younger students after going over directions and giving prompts, but other work needs side by side guidance. While the delivery of the education and the direction of what needs to be learned is directed by the teacher, the parents are delegated as the paraprofessionals at home.
Parents also have to be available to support or must train their student to be able to get on a computer, find links to Zoom meetings sent by e-mail and make sure their child attends those LIVE meetings on the schedule provided by teachers. Sometimes, it takes the effort of an older sibling to make sure they are at these online classrooms on-time. Students and parents may engage with videos from Google Classroom that help guide them on the lesson that was provided in a teacher created packet. There is no doubt that our elementary students and parents are working hard to keep up with everything. It is not uncommon for elementary students to have two to four hours of worktime scheduled per day with more work provided for those who may need something more engaging.
This is a whole new norm for our parents. If a household has at least one parent at home right now, it at least allows them to direct the students more. However, if a parent is still working outside the home and students are with a caregiver during the day, parents may be scheduling homework in the evenings and this provides very little downtime for parents and this is adding stress and workload to parents at home. On evenings that is normally set aside for leisure parent and student interaction, it is now replaced with making sure school work is getting done. As a school district, we understand that parents in these circumstances are under more pressure and we want to thank them for all their efforts. We have great parent support in our school and we encourage you to visit with your teacher if more time is needed to complete assignments at times that may work better for you, like over the weekend. If you have any concerns, please reach out to your teachers.
In the secondary, things look a little more different. I think that the older a student gets as they progress through school, sometimes there can be an impression that students are more independent and they should be self-sufficient. I know we have parents who are checking on their students and their student is doing well. If you have not heard from the school, things are likely going well. However, I encourage every parent in Grades 7-12 to check in with your students frequently regarding their progress. Looking at assignments that have been completed and checking their work against directions and criteria, and making sure they are keeping up is important.
While some students in the secondary have been doing well communicating with teachers via e-mail and Zoom, some students have had a hard time responding to e-mails from teachers. Without communication, teachers worry that students will fall behind and trying to provide support for a student who is struggling behind a computer can be challenging. In school, teachers are used to making sure students are keeping up through our daily interactions with students at school. Encouraging students in personal conversation about missing assignments and work is faster and more immediate. I encourage any parent with a student in the secondary to make sure they are communicating with teachers. Communication is the key to success.
One of the hiccups that has come from this transition is that Schoology appears to be overwhelmed or down in the mornings. The platform has experienced a 400% increase in usage since school closures began. Most students in the secondary are turning in and doing all their work electronically on Schoology. We continue to adjust pacing to make things work better for our students in that capacity. Some students seem to be working longer hours than we would like and I have asked teachers to gear down slightly to find a good middle ground for pacing. The staff now has a shared Google Doc where we are tracking students who have missing work and placing phone calls home to make sure the work is turned in. If you have not been contacted, I would say that is good news your student is keeping up. The biggest thing I would share with parents of secondary school students that is the biggest frustration for teachers is students not replying to e-mails sent to them by teachers. I would encourage parents to check in and encourage that students have e-mail up and running everyday they are working on assignments and get back to teachers as soon as they can, but at least replying within 24 hours.
As we move forward in this process, we hope to make this experience better each and every week we are doing E-Learning with our students. We have all been pushed into a mode of delivery we all know is not ideal. We miss our students, we want them to be in our school and classrooms, and we want to go back to school the way it was. We know that we have students and parents struggling at home and who are overwhelmed with a new normal. We also know that our families are partners in this process. We can not accomplish our goals without you. We continue to do our jobs to the best of our ability and provide our students a quality education. We want to thank our students and parents for your hard work and commitments at home. We are all working well as a team and feel that things are headed in the right direction. I know we can all take this one day and one week at a time and make the best of a difficult situation. As our motto suggested at the beginning of the school year, “Together We Rise” is the perfect slogan for our work the rest of this school year. We know that together we will rise to the call in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis to do the best we can for the education of our students. We will find success for our children and students as long as we are all willing to work together as a team to accomplish it.
Hoven School District 53-2
South Dakota Department of Education--Press Release for April 6, 2020
At her press briefing today, Gov. Noem will ask that South Dakota schools remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. That said, schools should continue with the flex learning options they have put into place over the last few weeks. The expectation is that schools will continue to provide instruction to students and will stick to their original calendars for SY 2019-20 as much as possible – with final end dates the choice of local school boards.
Mary Stadick Smith
South Dakota Department of Education
800 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501
SD High School Activities Association--Press Release for April 6, 2020
With the Governor’s announcement of school closure for the remainder of the school year, all remaining SDHSAA events for 2019-20, to include all spring activities and postponed winter events, are cancelled. T
his is an unprecedented time across our state and country, and we do not make this decision lightly. We thank all of the participants, their coaches/directors/advisors/administration, their parents, and everyone else who has dedicated tremendous amounts of time, passion, and effort to these events.
To our senior participants- we thank you for everything you have done for your schools and communities and wish you the very best in your bright futures. This is difficult, but the lessons you’ve learned and friendships you’ve made through high school activities will last your lifetime.
The cancellation will be formalized at the April 21st Regular Meeting of the SDHSAA Board of Directors. We look forward to the resumption of high school activities during the 2020-21 school year, and will continue work on those events at this time. The SDHSAA thanks everyone involved for their patience and understanding throughout this process.
Dr. Daniel Swartos, Executive Director
South Dakota High School Activities Association
804 N. Euclid Avenue, Suite 102
Pierre, SD 57501
School District Flips Learning Inside Out During Pandemic
COVID-19 Impact and School Closure
Unprecedented. I don’t think there is a word that better describes how the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic has impacted all of us. Everything we considered normal, the activities that we all considered routine, and the day to day interactions with those we love has asked us to pause and change much of what we do. For many of us, it is a reminder that we probably took a lot of things for granted. Having to focus our energies on good handwashing, social distancing, constant cleaning of touched surfaces, and isolating ourselves in our homes to prevent the spread of the virus has been something we have all had to accept as a new norm, at least for now. However, one thing is certain; we will get through this. Humanity and its survival has continued throughout the course of history for thousands of years and with the help of scientists across the world, the care from our doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers, and each one of us following the recommendations provided to us by experts, we will navigate through these uncharted waters and safely land on shore eventually. The hardest part is not knowing when and being patient with the process.
When it comes to school, I will guarantee you that this event is something our staff and I were never educated about in regard to how we conduct school during a pandemic. I even went to my comprehensive school safety plan only to find out that there was a section on what to do if there was a plane crash, but nothing on a pandemic. Realistically, I could probably say the same for everyone in our community and beyond. Who can honestly answer that any of us were ready? Even with the transition to online learning platforms and resources since the age of the internet that are currently available to teachers, there is not one person who was ready for what school would look like during a pandemic. Especially one that would restrict access to our school by our students and families as we work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 further throughout our community. Schools have been particular focuses by Governor’s because of the research showing that anyone carry the virus and be asymptomatic for 3-14 days not even knowing they have COVID-19. As you might imagine, exposing our children to one student or family with the virus in a setting where over 100 people congregate on a daily basis is a recipe for disaster in regard to community spread of this virus. Not only would this threaten the health and well-being of students and staff, but now our children could be carriers to their homes and from their homes to the parent’s workplaces, and so on. I feel that Governor Kristi Noem’s decision to keep schools closed has been wise. For the learning of our students and the teaching of our staff, it is simply less than ideal. However, it is in the best interest of public health and as a result, we are now immersed in a new way of delivering school.
Schools Close Due to COVID-19
On Thursday, March 12th I attended a phone conference sponsored for schools by Sanford Hospital to share good hygiene practices with our students and staff and begin preparations for potential school closure. Sanford also shared advice that the best thing for schools to do was for districts and students to remain in school. I talked to both of our lead teachers and we all agreed to hold an assembly around the information we received. We met with the elementary first and talked about handwashing and practicing good hygiene. Next we talked to the high school students and while most were taking things seriously, I could also tell that there were some doubts from the student body about what they were being asked to do regarding the same advice given to the elementary students. Certainly, I don’t blame them. It was not comfortable for me to stand and share a message of “what could happen” without all the evidence and data to support it. Then on Friday the 13th of March, everything changed.
At 11:57 AM on Friday, March 13th the South Dakota Department of Education sends an e-mail to Superintendent’s indicating that Governor Noem recommends that we close school, but that school district’s were not “required” to close unless they chose to do so. From that moment until later in the day, Superintendent’s sifting through multiple e-mail exchanges trying to get clarification on whether we should close our school or not, only to find out that shortly before 5 PM that Governor Noem required that schools close for cleaning from March 16-March 20 as we make plans for the coming weeks. As many of you know, we have not been back to school since and schools in South Dakota are now closed through May 1, 2020.
A Call to Action
Starting Saturday, March 14 I began the process of preparing our staff for what was to come. Our school district was placed in Lockdown to all students and community members who were not employees of the district. That evening, I conducted a meeting online with all staff from their homes via a platform called Zoom and prepared a PowerPoint with talking points and for staff to review. While school would be closed March 16-20, we were asked by the South Dakota Department of Education to prepare to deliver and provide education via Flex (E-Learning) and home-based learning by March 23 if possible. For schools who already had this in place, they could start sooner. For our school district, we would need the whole week to plan for something we were not sure would even be needed if the Governor allowed us back to school the following week. As I told the staff, we were in the midst of the most disruptive educational, social, and economic event of modern times. There is little doubt to this truth.
The reason our district decided to make the effort to deliver online learning was simple. We still needed to meet student seat time requirements in South Dakota Codified Law. We also knew that we did not know how long the closures would continue, and there was a real threat that we could have to complete those hours during the summer. We had 37 days left of school for the year, which could extend our school year into July. There would also be learning loss by the students having to stop their learning goals, having a month or more off, and attempting to come back to school during summer. After a late afternoon conference call with the South Dakota Department of Education, a couple of board members and I considered all the information we received and decided to make the effort to flip our school inside out and deliver online and home based learning starting Monday, March 23. Our #1 priority was to answer the call of how we were going to continue the education of our students online and at home. Staff were asked to bring any and all good ideas to the table on Monday, March 16.
Moving School Based Education Online in Just One Week
For some employees, working from home is an easier transition than others. Some jobs make this idea absolutely impossible. In education, this is nothing less than a miracle to try and accomplish. Unless you are a homeschool parent, moving your curriculum and instruction online in one week would seem like an impossible task. Training every teacher to use technology tools they have never used before, create content online, develop schedules for online Zoom face-to-face meetings, coordinate parent distribution of materials, get parents on board with platforms and developing schedules with them, teaching the students how to use the new online tools while simultaneously teaching content that is both rigorous and engaging online behind a computer screen are just a few things that needed to be discussed. We also discussed the use of two forms of teaching that exist online. Some online learning is synchronous or teaching that happens online in “real time” while another form of learning is called “asynchronous” or this means the lessons are pre-recorded and accessed by students on their own time with a deadline for when the work is done.
When staff arrived on Monday, March 16 we met together as a team in the cafeteria. Two members of the school board were also present and we all were able to understand clearly the expectations moving forward. This was from the beginning a team effort. No one person was going to be able to do it all and our staff were amazing in their efforts to develop a plan together. From that meeting, the secondary and elementary worked to develop their plan to deliver online learning.
One decision we knew needed to be made was delivering content using a similar platform. That means a place where students and parents can go to get assignments, watch videos, and communicate with their teacher. For the secondary that platform was Schoology because many students had already been using that in their classes. For the elementary their platform would be Google Classroom because of its easy to use platform for both teachers, students, and parents. These tools have been essential in us moving our classroom coursework and communication regarding assignments to students and parents online. In addition, we also use state e-mail for communication as well. All students in grades 3-12 have a school issued e-mail address and students in grades PK-2 are using parent e-mails for communication. Further, some teachers have provided their cell phone numbers for texting and calling and others are using parent communication apps on their Smartphone.
We also collaborated with each other to implement a platform called Zoom that teachers have been using to talk to students face-to-face online. Some teachers are using it during what are called “office hours” so students can ask questions to teacher through Zoom or e-mail. Some teachers are using Zoom to pre-record lessons that students can watch on their own time and use to help complete homework assignments. At other times, teachers are delivering lessons LIVE at particular hours of the day using a schedule posted on our school district website usually 2 or 3 days a week in each subject. The students are expected to be in attendance during LIVE sessions, but if they miss them teachers are recording them if students need to view them later.
As the pandemic has swept across the nation, many online learning platforms have opened up their licenses to teachers and their students for free. Teachers have been flooded with e-mails from companies and have had to be selective in delivering content from themselves personally and using these platforms to supplement what would normally be provided by a teacher in the classroom. There is also a Facebook group called #SDEducators which was started by our most recent South Dakota teacher of the year which currently has 5,874 members across our state since March 22, 2019. This group has constantly been sharing ideas with and thoughts with each other as we all navigate through this new way of teaching.
Lastly, we are also continuing to serve lunches to students using the “Grab and Go” program sponsored by the National School Lunch Program, we are doing student packet distribution to students and families in Grades K-4 so students have paper assignments to interact with their online delivered content, I have been having weekly Zoom meetings with Superintendent’s to provide support for one another about how we are handling district decisions during the crisis, and we are delivering morning announcements each day with “Words of Wisdom”, school lunch for the day, and the pledge of allegiance. All of this is meant as a way to continue school for our students the best we can.
What is amazing is that our staff pulled this off in less than a week. We worked as a team to accomplish the impossible. We are continuing to deliver a quality education to our students and I could not be more proud of all their efforts. I know that we are not the only district to pull this off across the country, but I can’t say enough about the team effort as well as the hard work that was put into getting us ready for moving our students to online and home based learning in such a short amount of time.
Online Learning Continues Until May 1
At this time, we don’t know if we will be back to school this year or not. I will bring forward another article next week and share with you how the process of E-Learning has been going so far. During this past week, we have had our share of successes and our share of hurdles. While elementary has been running fairly smooth, the secondary has had a few struggles with students who may not be communicating with teachers as well as not completing work on time. I have made it clear to my staff that in a teaching environment such as this, our job is to PROVIDE the education to our students. It is up to every parent to ensure that your students is completing their work, turning in their assignments, and staying on pace with their class. Our teachers are working somewhere between nine to twelve hour days and are going above and beyond to make sure students are keeping up. I encourage parents to not take a hands off approach to your child’s education at this time. Be involved and ask to see they have completed their assignments. If students are not keeping up, I will be calling parents myself to let them know. I also encourage parents to ask questions to our staff at any time via e-mail or other means and they will respond to you as soon as they can. Working together as a team, we will be able to get through this and we will be able to continue an education for our students.
Thank You Students and Parents
I want to thank our students for their hard work during this time. They have been doing a great job!! I also want to send a very special thank you to our parents. I know that these circumstances are placing you in a very difficult position. You are balancing not only your own responsibilities and workloads, but the responsibility of your child’s education at home. Some of you are working long hours at your own jobs, some are calving, other working the farm, and some on the frontlines in healthcare or as first-responders.
Our hearts as educators are heavy knowing we are not able to be there in person for our students education to do the job we all have been hired and called to do. This is not how we want to be doing our jobs. We miss our students and we hope they miss us as well. We miss school and we miss being with all of them there. It is a strange feeling to walk into school during the months of Spring to empty hallways and the buzz of daily school life. However, I know I speak for the staff and want everyone to know we are here for our students, we are here for our parents, and we are working hard to give our students our best. We appreciate your patience and support and we look forward to partnering with you in any way that we can during this time.
As we move forward in the weeks ahead, we know this will get easier and things will become more routine. Each day will be better than the last and each day we move forward will bring us closer to all of us getting back to what we know as normal very soon. We hope that everyone stays happy, healthy, and home as much as you can. Thank You for all your support and Stay Focused, Stay Positive, and Keep Moving forward!
Hoven School District 53-2
SchoolMessenger--April 1, 2020--School District Updates
HOVEN SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNOUNCEMENTS
April 1, 2020--District Updates for Parents
First, as a reminder there will be a short school week for students next week. In accordance with the school calendar, students will have school from Monday, April 6-Wednesday, April 8. No School April 9-April 13. School will resume on Tuesday, April 14. I know this will be a welcomed break for students, staff, and parents. We want to thank you for all your hard work and efforts the past few weeks. Let’s all keep working together to keep our student’s education moving forward.
Second, as a reminder, we plan to do a Parent Packet Pickup again this week for Grades K-5 at the front doors of the high school on Friday, April 3 from 7:45 AM-4:00 PM. You may come at any time, but there should be no more than (2) two parents in the foyer at one time. There will be new packets for students in Speech and Title I as well. Parents should be informed that packets going home on April 3 will be for the next two weeks. Once you have completed this process, please leave as soon as possible to allow for proper social distancing.
Lastly, we also want to inform parents that our classified staff will be back at work helping out our school in various capacities. One thing we plan to do right away is provide access to students to our school libraries.
Dori Lunders will be opening the library for the Elementary and Chris Schaefer will be opening the library for the secondary from 8 AM-4 PM on Friday, April 3.
To request books from the Elementary call or text Dori at 605-380-2459.
To request books for grades 7-12, e-mail Christine Schaefer at Christina.Schaefer@k12.sd.us which can be found on our website.
Books that are requested will either be placed with Parent Pickup Packets for Elementary or can be hand-delivered to you outside the school if you schedule a pickup with Dori or Christine. We will also post this info on our Facebook page.
We thank you for all your efforts and all your support in the weeks ahead as we continue to work together for the benefit of our student’s education.
SchoolMessenger--March 25, 2020--School Closure Until May 1 Coronavirus Response
This is Message #1 being sent to all families and will be reposted for reference on our school district Facebook page and on the Morning Announcements link on our school district website.
SchoolMessenger Voice Message #1
As many of you already know, Governor Kristi Noem made a historical announcement that school districts across South Dakota, including the Hoven School District will be closed through May 1 due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. This past week, we have started the process of delivering online and home-based learning to our students and teachers have been busy launching this online delivery to students in your home. I hope that each and every one of you are doing what you can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and are washing hands, engaging in social distancing, and staying home during this time.
First, elementary teachers will be informing parents regarding how they want you to turn in completed work from this past week and also what you will pickup for your students to complete next week. Currently, we plan to do a Parent Packet Pickup for Grades K-5 at the front doors of the high school in the main foyer every Friday starting on Friday, March 27 from 7:45 AM-4:00 PM. You may come at any time, but there should be no more than (2) two parents in the foyer at one time. To your right will be a location to drop-off completed work in an identified basket with your child’s teacher and grade. We encourage you to use a manila envelope or teacher provided folder to drop off the completed work. Once you drop off your packet(s), you will be able to pickup your new packet for the week on the left side, which will be in a folder or manila envelope with your child’s or children’s names. Once you have completed this process, please leave as soon as possible to allow for proper social distancing. We will continue this procedure as long as we can, but may end up sending materials home at some point for a longer duration if necessary. Also, students in Miss Colombe’s 1st Period Ag Class should come to pickup to grab straws needed for an assignment next week.
As a reminder, these online learning days are considered school days in our school calendar by the South Dakota Department of Education. This means that our certified staff are under contract from 7:45 AM-3:45 PM on regular school days and will be available to students and parents online via e-mail and other technologies during normal school hours. In the next two weeks we will have school March 30-April 3 and April 6-April 8, which April 6-April 8 is a shortened week heading into Easter Break. There will be no school for Easter Break April 9-April 13.
We thank you for all your efforts and all your support in the weeks ahead as we continue to work together for the benefit our student’s education.
This is Message #2 being sent to all families and will be reposted for reference on our school district Facebook page and on the Morning Announcements link on our school district website.
SchoolMessenger Voice Message #2
I want you to know that during this extended closure of school, the certified teachers and I are continuing our work to deliver the best education possible and we need our parents and students on our team to reach those goals. While school may not be taking place inside our school, school is taking place every day online during normal school hours. It is extremely important that your children are completing the daily work that is assigned to them and reaching out as needed to answer questions so that all work is completed. You as parents must ask your students to show you the work they have turned in and completed and we need your help to make sure that they are keeping pace with the rest of their class. Please do all you can to stay engaged and check-in your student’s progress in their classes. Incomplete or missing assignments will be reflected in their 4th quarter grade and home-based and online learning is now our new normal and it matters. If students are not making progress or keeping up in their classes, Mr. Hurd will be making calls home to work on solutions with parents to make sure your children are not falling behind.
Here are a few quick announcements from our staff to students and their parents:
• We will continue to serve our students Grab and Go lunch daily from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM for the duration of our school closure as long as possible. Please e-mail, text, or call Paulette Maursetter at 605-216-5675 prior to Monday, March 30 at 9 AM and every Monday during the school closure to let her know for the entire week if your student(s) would like to participate.
• Students in grades 7-12 need to hand in all assignments using Schoology and not use e-mail to submit assignments at the request of teachers
• Students in grades 7-12 need to make sure to respond and reply to teacher questions and e-mails daily to keep lines of communication open. Some students are not replying to teacher e-mails. Please use good e-mail etiquette and respond to each teacher e-mail within 24 hours at the latest, but it is recommended to be done As Soon As Possible
• Parents and Students, please make sure you are going to our school website and clicking on the Green Button at the top labled “E-Learning LIVE Zoom Meetings Schedule”. The LIVE Zoom sessions are color coded so you know what days these meetings are taking place. It should be a priority for all students to attend these sessions and not miss them. They will be recorded, but these times are set aside for students and teachers to talk face to face online and missing these meetings will likely negatively impact your students’ performance in their classes.
• Also, please check the Grab and Go button for lunch details, the Morning Announcements link for daily Words of Wisdom and Pledge of Allegiance from Mr. Hurd, and also Coronavirus Resources link on our school district website for you and your family.
• We also ask that as parents prioritize Zoom class meetings, please limit other internet streaming activity in the home that will slow down internet connection such as streaming movies during Zoom meeting times to prioritize the education of your children in your home.
We want to wish our students and families a great week ahead. Stay Focused, Stay Positive, and Keep Moving Forward!
Hoven School District 53-2
Message from Gov. Kristi Noem--COVID-19 School Closures
Forwarded Message from Governor Kristi Noem: (Parts have been edited and removed as they are for Superintendent communication only)
Thank you to you and your staff for all you’ve done over the last two weeks to support students and families. In these unprecedented times you’ve made quick shifts in your delivery and opened access to your resources in heroic ways. I appreciate your willingness to do what’s been needed as we’ve lessened the impacts of COVID-19.
School closures and social distancing are helping us flatten the curve and ensure our healthcare facilities are able to provide essential care. Our modeling suggests that the impact of this virus will be felt for months, not weeks. It’s possible that our COVID-19 cases will peak in May here in South Dakota.
Because of this, I am asking you to continue your practices of the last two weeks and
KEEP SCHOOLS CLOSED THROUGH FRIDAY, MAY 1ST, 2020.
(For Hoven School District, that is an additional 22 school days starting next Monday)
Please continue to assist your communities during this time. I’ve heard of many innovative approaches, including:
- Putting online learning into action for those with internet access.
- Getting instructional packets/materials to students who don’t have internet at home.
If you bring staff and students into your facilities during school closures, do so safely.
- Ensure staff and kids practice good hygiene.
- Clean facilities/surfaces frequently.
- 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.
As you have questions regarding school closures, please reach out to our office at (605)773-3212.
Governor Kristi Noem
SchoolMessenger--Saturday, March 21, 2020
HOVEN SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNOUNCEMENTS
March 21, 2020
E-Learning and District Update--COVID-19 School Closure
As many of you already know, The Hoven School District facilities will again be closed to the public from March 23-March 27 due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak. However, we are now in a transition phase to online and home based learning starting next week. The status of our return to school will continue to evolve and we should all prepare for the potential of school continuing to be closed until we hear differently. When Governor Noem indicates we are able to return back to school we will do so.
I want to let parents know that these learning days are considered school days by the South Dakota Department of Education and students should make all efforts to complete work to the highest quality possible that is assigned weekly. This means that our certified staff are under contract from 7:45 AM-3:45 PM on regular school days and will be available to students and parents online via e-mail and other technologies during normal school hours, even though we are operating school virtually. Every day of online learning will count as a normal school day and all parents need to be informed that school work that is assigned is not optional and should be completed.
As we continue school virtually, this will ensure that our school district will follow our current Hoven School District instructional calendar and that we meet current instructional minute requirements by the South Dakota Department of Education. One additional note, we have been informed that the South Dakota Department of Education plans to apply for a waiver and there will be no state assessments in Math, English Language Arts, and Science this school year. Again, all state required testing is cancelled for this school year.
I want to say thank you to all of our school district staff who have made preparations this past week to continue and provide the best education possible to our students. I encourage you to show your appreciation, support, and patience with our staff as we continue your child’s education in a very new and unfamiliar way.
Parents and students should have received all their learning supplies, materials, and technology to begin schooling for next week during our scheduled pickups Wednesday and Thursday. The majority of students in the secondary will be submitting work online and will not require weekly pickup or drop-off of student work. However, we do plan to continue pick-up and drop-off procedures on a weekly basis for the Elementary. If closures continue into next week, parents will receive communication via e-mail from teachers and we will conduct another pickup and drop-off from the inner foyer of the high school on Friday, March 27. Stay tuned for more info on this later in the week.
During this time, if you have any questions, please e-mail our staff to ask any questions you have. If you have other ways to reach out, please do. I know the staff are willing to help in anyway they can. All the instructions on how to access anything online or instructions regarding what will be needed to be completed next week should have been provided to you with the learning materials your child picked up this week at school.
In addition, we will continue to serve our students Grab and Go lunch daily, but we have made a small change to the location. We are now asking that students come to the North Main Doors of the High School and enter the foyer doors so lunch staff can see the students arrive from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM from March 23-March 27. If you would like to participate, please e-mail, text, or call Paulette Maursetter at 605-216-5675 prior to Monday, March 23 at 9 AM and let her know for the entire week if your student(s) would like to participate. The lunch is 100% free for all students in our school district ages 0-18. Please reach out to Paulette so she knows how many meals to prepare each day at the beginning of the week. The menu for the week is in the comments on our Facebook page and will also be placed on our website.
We want to wish our students and families a great week ahead. Stay Focused, Stay Positive, and Keep Moving Forward! I know we can all work together to make this the best experience that we can.
Hoven School District 53-2
Hoven School District 53-2--Superintendent Note--3-22-2020
Hoven All School Students, Staff and Parents, (If anyone you know does not receive this e-mail, please feel free to forward)
Greeting everyone! I will make this very short, but wanted to say a few words. Tomorrow we will be learning in a way that none of us thought would ever happen, but here we are. It has been hard to not be in the normal routine of school and I know this is impacting us in many ways as students, parents, teachers, and administrators assume new roles for the first time. While all of this may be new, I know that each of us can accomplish our goals together.
· Students, I want you to understand just how very hard your teachers have been working and that I know all of you can do this. Your education is important and continuing our work this school year is necessary for your future. Ask as many questions as you can to your teachers when you need help. We are here for you.
· Parents, I know this will be a stressful time for many of you. New technology, new learning platforms, and now you are being placed in a new role, and we understand this will take time to get used to. I want you to know that no matter how frustrated you might get or stressful this is…..We are here for you.
· Staff, I want you to know how proud I am of every effort you have made for our students, how proud I am of your efforts to help our parents get ready, and how proud I am of your commitment to the education of every child in our district. Just remember….Be there for each other and don’t ever forget…..I am here for you if you need me.
Lastly, parents and students should use the Hoven School District website for important information and links. You can find a full-schedule of our LIVE Zoom classrooms each week and I will also have a “Morning Announcements” and daily Words of Wisdom that also has the Pledge of Allegiance. The announcements will also be a place for parents to keep up with any changes you may need to know, very much like a school newsletter. I have included those links below:
Hoven School District Website
LIVE Zoom Classroom Meetings Schedule
Hoven Morning Announcements
I wish you all the best of luck this week. I will leave you with a quote that I find important in a time like this:
“When everything seems to be against you, remember the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”—Henry Ford
We can do this…..we might be a little slow in the beginning at takeoff, but great opportunities are ahead for us all to reach the skys! Stay Focused, Stay Positive, and Keep Moving Forward!
Hoven School District
98 5th Ave W
Hoven, SD 57450
(W) 605-948-2252 Ext 1001