2021-2022 Back to School Plan

Guidance from the South Dakota Department of Health will be considered. The Pierre School District's intent is to start the school year as normal as possible with ongoing mitigation efforts in place. All items on this document are subject to change.

Presented to the Pierre School District Board of Education on August 9th, 2021

Home Health Screening

  • Parents will screen their children for symptoms at home using the COVID-19 DAILY SCREENING CHECKLIST.
  • If child is symptomatic, please call your family health care provider.
  • Students should not come to school if symptomatic.
  • COVID-19 vaccinations are not mandatory but are readily available throughout the community for eligible students and staff.
  • Vaccination requirements, as included in STATE LAW, are still applicable.


  • Masks are optional for staff and students.
  • Parents will need to provide a mask for their child if that is their choice.

Social Distancing

  • Social distancing of 3 feet will be encouraged.
  • The configuration of instructional spaces will be modified with consideration for social distancing.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

  • Touchless hand sanitizer dispensers are located in classrooms and throughout the schools.
  • Touchless faucets and toilets have been installed in all buildings.
  • Outside air intake will be increased in all buildings whenever weather permits.
  • Increased use of disinfecting solutions will be maintained.
  • Students are taught and encouraged to use proper handwashing and reminded to cover coughs and sneezes. 
  • Students are encouraged to bring personal water bottles.

Response to Students Who Become COVID-19 Symptomatic

  • Guidance from the South Dakota Department of Health and the South Dakota Department of Education will be considered.
  • One full time nurse is assigned to each school building.
  • Isolation rooms for symptomatic individuals are designated at each school.
  • Students or staff members who become sick with COVID-19 symptoms during the school day will be sent home and encouraged to contact their health provider.
  • Affected areas will be thoroughly disinfected.
  • Quidel QuickVue COVID-19 over-the-counter testing materials will be provided free of charge for families to administer at home.
  • If an individual is not COVID-19 positive and has not been determined to be a close contact by the Department of Health, return to school will be allowed based on the criteria found in the district’s infectious disease policy, including being fever-free for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medication.

Positive Cases and Response

  • COVID-19 positive students and staff must isolate at home for the required time period as directed by the South Dakota Department of Health.
  • The South Dakota Department of Health may contact staff and students due to close contact exposure to COVID-19. The Pierre School District will support the need for those individuals to quarantine when directed by the SDDOH. During these absences, students will be expected to complete assigned work. Teachers use digital formats, communication tools, and lessons allowing students to continue education and complete work.  
  • Contact tracing in the school setting will not be completed by Pierre School District staff.

Visitors to School; Transportation; Extracurricular Activities

  • Parents and other visitors are welcome to visit schools if not symptomatic, under quarantine or COVID-19 positive.
  • Buses will be sanitized after each trip.
  • Guidance from the South Dakota High School Activities Association will be followed for extracurricular activities.
  • Restricting the number of spectators in attendance is not planned.
  • Masks are optional at Pierre School District sponsored events.
  • Decisions regarding changes to seasons, events, games, and practices will be shared if appropriate.

In an effort to mitigate issues around the Covid19 pandemic the Pierre School District has worked with a variety of local and state agencies including but not limited to the South Dakota Department of Health, the South Dakota Department of Education, and the Hughes County Community Covid Team and will continue to do so. The mental health of our staff and students are critical to having a successful school year and the Pierre School District will support their mental health needs with counselors and assistance. The health and safety of all staff and students, including students with disabilities are important; accommodations supporting such health and safety policies will be made on an individual basis to ensure all have access to instruction and District services. In the event that in person instruction is not possible for a period of time, meals may be available for pick up.

Thank you for visiting the Pierre School District.

The Pierre School District prides itself on the quality of education it provides to children of the Pierre area. The teachers and support staff of the Pierre School District are of the highest caliber. Our students have great opportunities to learn and grow as a result of dedicated educators, directors, coaches, and quality programs and courses. As a district we take pride in our school and community. If you have any questions regarding the Pierre School District, please contact our Administrative Offices. We would like to hear from you!

Contact Us

  • Phone

    (605) 773-7300


    (605) 773-7304

  • Mailing Address

    Pierre School District
    211 South Poplar Ave.
    Pierre, SD 57501

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