The Dakota Valley Administration gave their monthly reports to the school board Monday, Nov. 9.

Kristi Maloney, Elementary School Principal

Maloney’s MVPs has a different look to it this year. In years past, parents would be invited to have lunch with their children who were named to the MVP and the students would take a group photo. The photos would run in the paper. Now, however, with the pandemic, the student joins Maloney in her office and they call to talk to their parents. Instead of a group photo, their pictures run individually in the paper.

For parent-teacher conferences held in October, the elementary school had a 97 percent attendance rate.

Other changes implemented because of COVID-19 are working well. This includes the zones on the playground where one grade level is on the playground at a time and no recess after lunch.

“Students are also playing games and with equipment that they might not have played with before, and, when I have been out with the students, I am watching them invent games and enjoy being kids,” Maloney said.

The arrival and dismissal through the parking lot is going much smoother than the beginning of the year. Maloney said that when they have a NSC Police Officer directing traffic in the afternoon they can have all of the cars and buses out of the parking lot around 3:20 – with the last dismissal bell ringing at 3:15. She will continue to monitor the situation and think of more efficient changes in the future.

See full story in this week’s Dakota Dunes / North Sioux City Times.