Douglas Schools delay start due to COVID-19 staff shortage
BOX ELDER, S.D. – The Douglas School District announced Wednesday that it will delay the start of the school year until after Labor Day.
The decision to delay the start to Tuesday, September 8th, comes as 28 members of staff are currently under quarantine following potential COVID-19 exposures unrelated to work within the district. Students were originally set to return to class on Monday, August 31st.
In a release, the district says although substitutes were considered as an option, there were too few available, and officials stressed the need for “familiar faces, knowledgeable instruction to the new online platforms, and training students in all processes for the ever-changing school year.”
The district has posted a number of resources online regarding computer distribution, athletics, and activities.
Below is the full statement from Douglas Schools:
After careful consideration, Douglas School District will delay the start date of school until September 8, 2020. This decision was not due to community spread but instead the amount of staff that are quarantined or isolated due to out of district exposures. As much as we love the substitutes that work for DSD, as a district, we felt it is in our students’ best interest to have DSD staff members the first week of school. Of the staff members that are quarantined, we have only been able to find three substitutes to fill those positions.
It is our top priority to have DSD staff members begin day one in this already uncertain start to our year. We want to provide our students with the best beginning, including: familiar faces, knowledgeable instruction to the new online platforms, and training students in all processes for the ever-changing school year.