RCAS School Board exploring alternative ways to return to school

RAPID CITY, S.D. — While the start of school is a little over two months away, the Rapid City Area School Board met on Monday night to explore options on how to proceed when the new academic year begins.

It all depends on the status of COVID-19 in the area.

The board, meeting at a social distance via zoom, where members addressed concerns of a traditional school year, with students and teachers back in the classroom. They also explored ways to implement hybrid learning, which includes a more robust, yet remote learning platform.

Among the multitude of considerations, a possible late remote start after Labor Day to provide staff with adequate training. Administrators also voiced the need to assess if students are still testing at their grade level due to learning loss from being taught at home.

Officials say conversations with local health professionals, state officials and the mayor will help in deciding next best steps. A final recommendation will be submitted in July.

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