(Dakota Radio Group News - Pierre, SD) The Pierre School Board has approved a plan to move T.F. Riggs High School to a
hybrid schedule starting Monday (Sept. 21), but schedules for the middle and grade
schools will remain normal.
Principal Kevin Mutchelknaus outlined the details in a special board meeting today.
As of today (Sept. 18), 18 high school students have active cases of COVID-19 and five
others have recovered. Supt. Dr. Kelly Glodt says many more students are in quarantine
because they were close contacts of the positive cases. He says so far, no staff
members have tested positive.
Mutchelknaus says accommodations will be made for Pierre High School students who
don’t have internet access at home.
Mutchelknaus says school having been in session for several weeks already should be
an advantage because staff and students have had time to make a connection.
Each of the school board members also expressed extreme disappointment in the low
number of high school students who wear a mask at school. The Pierre School District’s
current policy is that masks are “strongly recommended.” Board members said they
didn’t want to mandate masks because that puts another task on teachers, but they will
consider a mandate if necessary.
Earlier this week, the school announced all Riggs High School activities through Monday
have been either postponed or canceled. Next week’s Homecoming festivities have been
postponed until the week of Oct. 12.