Rapid City, SD --  Only half of South Dakota school districts offer formal summer school programs, and some of those that do are seeing increased enrollments as educators and parents seek to help students who fell behind during the COVID-19 pandemic catch up or stay on track with their education.

The Rapid City school system, the state’s second-largest district, recorded 6,169 student absences due to positive COVID-19 tests or quarantine protocols in the recent school year, equaling about 70,000 learning days missed, according to Superintendent Lori Simon.

In South Dakota and across the country, educators are worried that it will be difficult or even impossible to ensure that students who lost learning time during the pandemic will be able to make up the lost instruction.

In the latest article published by News Watch, available at the link below, reporter Andrew Rasmussen shares details of the potential learning loss and tells how districts are trying to help students keep up.