Schools move to digital learning


November 19, 2020

On Monday, Hot Springs County School District #1 (HSCSD #1) Superintendent Dustin Hunt advised parents and others the district is moving to digital learning immediately.

HSCSD #1 moved to a Tier 3 digital platform beginning Tuesday, November 17 until at least December 1. Hunt said there will be no in person classes for the time being. Depending on the pandemic outlook, and the health of school staff, they will hopefully resume in person classes on Wednesday, December 2.  

Students took home their devices Monday afternoon, and parents were asked to assist the schools so students stay on track with schoolwork. This work will count toward students’ grades and attendance to online courses will be tracked. 

There will be no digital school over Thanksgiving break, November 25-29.

While there is no substitute for in person class with their regular teacher, Hunt said, “We must do our best to slow infection rates and protect our students, staff and community.”

It is important to note that the digital days do not require make up at the end of the school year.

Unfortunately, this does put activities on hold. No practices or contests will be held during the closure. Drama coach Mary McGillivray is looking at a rescheduling the Drama showcase, which was to be presented this week.

The HSCSD #1 Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday was closed to the public, but was recorded and posted to the district website: 

With Thanksgiving in the middle of this closure, the District realizes that there will be time spent with family, possibly out of town. Hunt asked families to please do their best to be cautious, follow the CDC recommendations, keep themselves safe and monitor family and students as they return.

Hunt said, “The return to regularly scheduled in person classes, activities and events depends on decreasing our community infection rates, and we all can help by following the guidelines.”

Each building will be in communication with students in regard to instruction, if you have questions feel free to contact your student’s teachers or principal.  


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