May 5, 2020 Update

Dear RCAS Families,

We have arrived at the last month of the school year – and what a year it has been! Last week, Governor Kristi Noem announced her “Back to Normal” plan. In it, she asked school districts to continue distance learning and asked superintendents to consider a limited return to school for small groups of students to “check in” before the school year ends. In our school district, with more than 13,500 students, facilitating a check in would be no easy feat, requiring extensive time and planning. As such, we will continue distance learning as planned. As laid out earlier this week, the last day for students to receive new content will be May 15th with the final day for turning in assignments on May 28th.

The week of May 18-22 is designated for students to collect/return items with the exception of laptop computers. Since students might still need their computers, laptop collection will be a separate event during the week following Memorial Day (May 26-28). Please watch for further communication from your child’s school regarding specific times and social distancing protocols for this process.

I know many of you are wondering what next school year will look like. The simple answer is no one knows right now; however, we are working on contingency plans should the need for distance learning, a delayed start of school, or some other change be necessary.  I will continue to share updates throughout the remainder of this school year and into the summer.

Finally, for any Black Hawk area families who have been displaced due to the sink hole issue, a district service called McKinney Vento assists students and families displaced from housing. Students that lack a fixed, regular, or adequate nighttime residence qualify. If you know a student is living somewhere temporarily contact or 605-431-8414

Have a great week!


Dr. Lori Simon