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Message from Dr. Kindle - September 4, 2020

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday!

I know some parents have been concerned with the school district’s protocol regarding students experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms using the Student Symptom Screening Checklist, which is used at home and school.  This Student Symptom Screening Checklist is found in the Yankton School District Return to School Plan 2020 under section 1.5 along with the following:

  • Per South Dakota Department of Health mandate staff and students will be required to stay home, or will be sent home for 10 days when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. 
  • Students and staff may return sooner than 10 days, but must provide a physician’s note allowing them to return to school.
  • Students and staff cannot return to school until symptom free and temperature is normal without fever reducing medicine for 24 hours. 

I have changed the word “recommend” to mandate, as that is exactly what schools are to follow, which fall into a “Substantial Community Transmission”.

Note:  At this time Yankton is considered “Substantial Community Transmission” status regarding COVID-19.  The YSD is following the South Dakota Department of Health mandate and will continue until this status has changed.  When this status changes the above protocol will be reconsidered.

Please do not become angry with the school nurses or school personnel who call you regarding this protocol.  We are doing what we need to do in order to keep our students and staff in school safely for as long as we are able to do so. 

Let’s continue to work together as we have to make this happen.  Please join me in encouraging our entire community to do their part as well.  If our community as a whole will continue to pull together we can mitigate the positive COVID-19 spread in Yankton. 

Below is the link you can check, which will be updated at the end of each week, for active positive student/staff COVID-19 cases for which we are aware of at the present time in the Yankton School District:

http://www.ysd.k12.sd.us/apps/news/article/1282764

Wishing you all a very enjoyable three-day weekend with your children!

Dr Wayne Kindle, Superintendent

Yankton School District