The principals presented a back to school plan at Monday night’s Dakota Valley School Board meeting, Aug. 10.

Elementary School

In the elementary school, students will be required to wear masks in the morning on their way into the school, on their way to breakfast and to their classrooms. Support and special teachers will come to students in the classrooms with students staying in their respective classrooms. During recess, students will be assigned to a particular playground zone to keep them in the same groups as much as possible. During lunch, students will sit at assigned tables, one grade at a time, with no sharing of lunch or snacks. No visitors will be allowed in the building. Dropping off school supplies and dropping off and picking up children will be limited to the door with the child being escorted by staff members.

The biggest change to the elementary is the pick-up and drop-off schedule in the parking lot before and after school. Students will be spaced out in grade level groups with second and third grade being dismissed at 3:10 p.m. and junior kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade being dismissed at 3:20 p.m. Parents or guardians who are picking up students are asked to have an 8 by 11.5 inch paper in their windshield with student(s) name and grade to help staff members “efficiently load students into the correct vehicles and so the pick-up line will move much more quickly.”

Further information on the schedule is available from the school.

Students will begin learning the use of the new Chromebooks when they are distributed – alternative materials will be distributed if the Chromebooks are not available at the time. In the case of home-based learning, the software and learning platforms students use, would be taught to them throughout the day at school to ensure students understand how to utilize the programs. A tutorial will also be provided for parents on how to use and navigate the Seesaw learning platform. The schedule for home-based learning will depend on the number of students in a class who are learning from home and will be shared by the classroom teacher.

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