SD Department of Education

Earlier this week, Watertown School Superintendent Dr. Jeff Danielsen reported that the district had 33 active cases of COVID.  On the same day, there were 560 other schools in the state that had zero cases of COVID-19 according to South Dakota Secretary of Education Dr. Ben Jones. 

Jones spoke to KXLG News on Thursday afternoon and said teachers across the state have really stepped up to address the many challenges caused by the pandemic…

This year has been challenging as educators continue to work to mitigate the spread of the virus……

Jones said, referring to COVID Numbers within South Dakota Schools, “It’s like having to evaluate a snow day every day.”  

For those students who can’t attend school because of the pandemic and don’t have internet at home, there is an option to connect the students to their education.  It’s the K-12 connect program, a partnership between the South Dakota Governor’s Office, Bureau of Information and Telecommunications, Department of Education and numerous telecommunications companies including VAST and MIDCO in Watertown.……

Jones says the partnership with the entities involved in the project has been has been key to it’s success so far……

The deadline to enroll in the K-12 Connect Program is November 20th.  It will provide internet free for those who qualify for the remainder of the school year.  To be eligible for the program, household must have at least one student currently enrolled in a K-12 school of homeschool, must meet the income eligibility guidelines for free or reduced lunches and must not have had internet services in the home between July 1, 2020 to present.  

For more information and to access the eligibility form, visit k12connect.sd.gov or call 605-773-3248.

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