RCAS releases COVID-19 protocols for 2021-2022 school year
RAPID CITY, S.D. — As summer vacation comes to an end, Rapid City Area Schools (RCAS) are preparing to welcome students back to campus.
To help create a safe learning environment for students and staff, with the help of local and state health officials to monitor the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Dr. Lori Simon has issued the Ready. Set. Start. Plan.
RCAS also listed out a few things that parents and students should know:
- RCAS will not be offering a large-scale Distance Learning program this year. While there is a small Virtual Learning Pilot at each level – elementary, middle and high school – the slots have already been filled. The District does not have the staffing available to offer Distance Learning to every student.
- Masking is not required; it is voluntary. However, Dr. Simon and the District health team will monitor our data daily and will highly recommend masks be worn if COVID-19 cases escalate quickly.
- Should COVID-19 case data become significant, Dr. Simon may make a recommendation to the Board of Education for a temporary mask mandate.
- Please continue to screen your child for symptoms of COVID-19 before they come to school. Checkout the COVID-19 signs and symptoms screener included in the Ready. Set. Start. Plan.
- RCAS will continue to track COVID-19 cases in our District and will post case numbers on their website weekly beginning the first week of school.
- RCAS will continue to send a notification to staff and families if there is a positive COVID-19 case in your child’s building.
- RCAS nursing team will continue to do contact tracing. Students/staff who are identified as close contacts and are NOT vaccinated will be required to quarantine for a minimum of seven days. If they receive a negative test on day 5,6, or 7 of their quarantine period, they can return to school/work on day 8.
- RCAS nursing team will continue to offer COVID-19 testing to staff and students once school begins. Simply click here to schedule a test. Additionally, this year, the state of South Dakota is offering COVID-19 take home tests. A limited number of those tests will be available. Please speak with your building nurse for more information.