SD Dept. of Education Report: Majority of schools stayed open during pandemic, minorities most affected

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Education is taking a closer look at the impact of COVID-19 on the state’s K-12 grade system.

A report released Thursday looks at some of the effects of the pandemic on learning. The report touts the success of keeping schools open and accessible while shedding light on the groups of students lacking in engagement.

The report identifies high schoolers, students considered economically disadvantaged, Native American students, Hispanic students, and students with disabilities as those who may have missed the most instructional time.

The date is intended for more discussion on August 4 at the state’s education summit.

By gathering educators and expert stakeholders at the Education Summit, we have the opportunity to address current needs, to make our schools better and stronger than ever before,” said Dept. of Education Secretary Tiffany Sanderson. “Our top priorities will be engaging students and families after the year of the pandemic and bolstering a strong, stable educator workforce.”

The report says almost 90% of the 801 schools who responded to the survey reported most students attended in-person instruction. To read the full report, visit the state’s website.

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