The Challenges of Off-Site Learning

EMPTY CLASSROOM--Pictured above is a classroom at the Sisseton High School that has been sitting empty since Monday, Mar. 16, 2020. Due to the Social Distancing recommendations by the CDC and Governor Noem’s Executive Order South Dakota schools have not held on-site learning. Administrators, educators and support employees have endeavored to provide distance learning and take-out meals for students over the past nine weeks. ~Courier Photo

By Mimi Larsen Staff Writer

Seeing the big picture, anticipating, and planning for any scenario, is a big part of a school superintendent’s job. It is what Sisseton Superintendent Tammy Meyer did with respect to the Wuhan virus’s march across the country.

“We started meeting as an administrative team late in February to talk about contingency plans if we were forced to shut down,” said Meyer. “We were already pulling in resources in February, talking to RC Technologies and Venture Communications to see what we could do to provide Internet services to our students, in the event of a closure, knowing that not all families have service.”