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State agencies planning for fall classes, also reviewing teacher pay

PIERRE, SD – While the school year has ended across South Dakota for most students, staff and administrators still have work to do.

State Education Department Secretary Tiffany Sanderson says they are working with school districts on plans for safely reopening in the fall.

Tiffany Sanderson, SD Department of Education Secretary

“We’ve been working with the Department of Health, looking ahead to next year, sharing information as it’s available to schools as well as reviewing supplies, information and resources that will be available and helpful as they enter the 2021-2022 school year.”

Sanderson told the State Board of Education Standards that there will be several reports coming up.

“There are three big reports that we will be bringing to you over the next several months. One will be what we learned from the data share. What happened in schools in South Dakota this last year? There will be an opportunity to learn great, uplifting stories and also some reality checks on how we address certain areas as we go forward.”

Sanderson says the teacher compensation board will be meeting next month. “The board was created to review teacher compensation every three years. Our staff has been pulling data with a final report to be ready by September.”

Most districts were able to keep kids in classes for most of the year with remote learning options as needed.

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