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March24

Gov. Noem requests all schools closed until May 1

Gov. Kristi Noem has provided the following message:   Thank you to you and your staff for all you’ve done over the last two weeks to support students and families. In these unprecedented times you’ve made quick shifts in your delivery and opened access to your resources in heroic ways. I appreciate your willingness to
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March24

2020 Academic Excellence Luncheon cancelled

Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, ASBSD has cancelled the 2020 Academic Excellence Luncheon.   “We’re disappointed to have to cancel the luncheon, but it is in the best interest of public safety,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said.   The decision comes on the heels of Gov. Kristi Noem’s decision to extend the
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March23

COVID-19 Q&A and other resources

It is the goal of everyone associated with education in South Dakota to provide as much information and resources to assist schools during this trying time.   The South Dakota Department of Education has assembled a document of commonly asked questions compiled into one resource for school districts to reference and will update it regularly
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March21

POSTPONED: School law and security lead topics for School Law Webinars

The School Law Webinar series is returning to connect you with the best minds in school law and security.   Join COSA and ASBSD as our school law experts cover seven key legal and security topics affecting school districts in an hour-long webinar, which will also feature time for you to get your questions about
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March21

School Board Meetings and the Coronavirus

The question has been asked about how school boards should deal with school board meetings in light of the coronavirus.  ASBSD recommends conducting all school board meetings by teleconference during the coronavirus crises.   State law allows school boards to conduct meetings by teleconference (SDCL 1-25-12(4) defines “teleconference” as information exchanged by any audio, video,
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March20

2020 School Board Election information and guidance

The Secretary of State’s office is continually providing information and guidance on how to handle upcoming school board elections and we have compiled the latest to provide to you.   In a recent statement, Secretary of State Steve Barnett said, “State law does not allow for the rescheduling of these dates or the extension of
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March19

Information for schools on the Coronavirus and preventing its spread

With the recent confirmation of Coronavirus reaching South Dakota, ASBSD, SASD, the state Department of Education and the state Department of Health is providing information and action steps to all school districts to combat and prevent the spread of the virus.   Download the S.D. Department of Health Information for Schools on the Coronavirus here.
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March18

SLRMA providing free COVID-19 checklist and best practices

To continue to assist school districts in managing operations during the Coronavirus outbreak, the School Leaders Risk Management Association (SLRMA), a partner of ASBSD, is providing a SLRMA COVID-19 Self-Audit Checklist & Best Practices free to the public for download.   You can download the checklist and best practices here: https://www.slrma.org/news/checklists/1250-covid-19-checklist.     SLRMA, a not-for-profit
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March02

Immunizaion requirement repeal rejected by comm.

A bill repealing immunization requirements in schools was soundly defeated.   On a 10-2 vote, House Health committee members rejected House Bill 1235, which removes all immunization requirements for students to enter school.   ASBSD opposed the bill.   “Schools are a safe place for kids,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany testified. “Everyone in your
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March01

Earn ALL points by attending a 2020 Legislative Cracker Barrel

Legislative Cracker Barrels in your area offer access to your local legislators, as well as the chance to hear their answers on a variety of legislative topics.   Below you will find a list of dates and locations of legislative cracker barrels being held throughout South Dakota that have been posted thus far.   Earn
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