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District COVID-19 Updates

Saturday, March 28
9:05am email

Subject: Lunch/Breakfast Request for April 4/6 - 4/10

Titan Families, 

This Food Service team will distribute food for the week on Monday evenings from 4 pm to 6 pm from the Middle School bus loop, Venture Elementary,  and Frontier Elementary. 

Please sign up for the week of 4/6 - 4/10 by Tuesday, March 31 at 7 pm: survey

Have a great weekend!

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Friday, March 27
5:22pm email

Subject:  Update 3.26.2020

Titan Families, 

Congratulations to Mrs. Wranek, South Dakota Bandmaster’s Outstanding Bandmaster of the Year. 

New Items:

Technology Help Desk Opens Monday, March 30 

Are you having difficulty with your student’s District Issued Chromebook or Ipad?

Please submit this form so we can assist you and your student. 

The help desk form may be completed at any time of the day or night, but our help desk hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10 am - 6:30 pm. 

Please note:

  *If a device transfer needs to occur, these will occur at the High School Door H-18 just south of the library entrance.
  *Responses to your request will be text from 605-679-7334 or emailed from TeaAreaHelpDesk@k12.sd.us

Lunch Program – Meals 4/6 – 4/1

For planning purposes, please complete this meal request form by Tuesday, March 31 at 7 pm for meals 4/6 – 4/10. The meal pick up will remain on Monday evenings from 4 pm – 6 pm at Frontier, Middle School, and Venture. 

Feedback Opportunity

We are learning right alongside of you. Please provide feedback on the forms being sent today from either your classroom teacher (elementary) or principal (middle and high school). Thank you for your partnership. 

HelpLine or Call 211

If your family is in need or financial or emotional support please know the helpline is available (call 211). 

CDC Symptom Checker:

Please remember that 99% of all information sent out to our community, other than classroom specifics,  can be found in one location on our District Parent Resource Guide.

I believe a community cruise night is planned for this Saturday night at 7 pm. More information can be found on Facebook (Sorry, I cannot seem to find the specifics quickly this evening.)

Sincerely, 

Dr. Jennifer Nebelsick Lowery
Superintendent of Schools

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Thursday, March 26
5:42pm email

Subject:  Update 3.26.202

Titan Families,

You are amazing! You are doing great and your best is enough. We all have different situations occurring and we can only do our best during this time to balance everything. Please understanding we are grateful and proud of your work and effort. If you cannot do everything, it is ok. Communicate with us so we are able to make you and your student’s life “ doable”.

Please Read and Respond:

Lunch Program

We are preparing to serve lunches for the week of March 30. Pick up for meals the week of March 30 will be Monday, March 30th from 4 pm to 6 pm at Frontier, Middle School, and Venture. Families need to pre-order their meal requests by noon on Friday, March 27. Please fill out this survey.

Community Blood Drive

Trinity Lutheran Church will be hosting the Blood Mobile. It will be at Trinity on April 3rd from 9 am – 11 am and 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm. For an appointment please call Trinity (605-498-2343) or email melody@teatrinity.org


Support our Small Local Businesses

Our communities are stronger when we work together. Each family is experiencing unique economic times and impact. If you are able to be part of the solution for our small businesses, we encourage you to shop local

Events

All April events have been canceled or rescheduled. State events are being reviewed on a conference call next week. Regrettably, Prom was canceled. When restrictions are lifted, the District will support an alternative.

Updates concerning COVID19 can be found here

Information is coming at you from multiple directions, please know that your consistent source of all information is the District Parent Resource Guide:

Sincerely,

Dr. Jennifer Nebelsick Lowery
Superintendent of Schools

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Wednesday, March 25
7:04pm email

Subject: Update 3.25.2020

Titan Families,

Our buildings are closed through May 1, 2020, but education is occurring at Tea Area! I have the distinct opportunity to participate in our staff google meets today and tomorrow. I can tell you our teachers are worried about our kids and our families. We want to provide you with enough but not too much. Thank you for help and patience as we learn from you, each other, and most importantly our kids!

Please Read:

Lunch and Breakfast Program
We served over 200 families on Monday with lunches and breakfasts
for a week. We are preparing to serve lunches for the week of March 30. As we  transition to a longterm building closure, the feedback received from families was that the meals were appreciated but the pickup time was difficult for working parents. Pickup for meals the week of March 30 will be Monday, March 30th from 4 pm to 6 pm at Frontier, Middle School, and Venture. Families need to pre-order their meal requests by noon on Friday, March 27. Please fill out this survey  if you wish to pickup a weeks worth of breakfast and lunch meals for your school-aged child(ren).

Community Blood Drive
A community blood drive will be occurring at the beginning of April. There will be more information to come.

Support our Small Local Businesses
Our communities are stronger when we work together. Each family is experiencing unique economic times and impact. If you are able to be part of  the solution for our small businesses, we encourage you to shop local. This list will be updated to the best of our ability as local shops and restaurants reach out.

If you would like on the list or to update your information, please email Courtney.Burrack@k12.sd.us.

Events
We will continue to update you as events are canceled or postponed.

Updates concerning  COVID19 can be found here.

District Parent Resource Guide can be found here


We are proud to be a Titans!

Sincerely,

Dr. Jennifer Nebelsick Lowery
Superintendent of Schools

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Tuesday, March 24
11:09pm email

Subject:  Update 3.24.2020

Titan Families,

I apologize for the late update, but it is better late than never!

Tea Area will follow the direction of the Governor and close our buildings through May 1, 2020. Many requests have been made concerning student
items being picked up from school. I believe we are managing those requests and working well with our families. Please note, all items must be requested and picked up from the principal prior to 4:00 pm on Thursday. We want to serve our families, but we are tightening our processes of social distancing as more COVID19 cases continue to spread into our area. We are focused on everyone’s safety and well-being.

As we enter our third day of eLearning, please remember what you are doing is amazing. You are enough and we will be seeking your feedback yet this week. As I came home late this evening, the story of the Three Bears resonated with me. The porridge was too hot, too cold, and just right. I predict our eLearning experiences are too much, too little, and just right. We will work with you to get to the point of just right. Thank you for your patience. Learning is about people and not about places. We can do this together as a Titan Community. Please give your children an extra hug this evening as they are precious and we miss them.

Items to note for the future: 

  • Decisions concerning April Events·      
  • Decision concerning Prom·      
  • Food Service for Students·      
  • Community Support  
    • If you are a local business and you are running a special or have particular hours/instructions for pick-up or delivery, please email me so we can put a guide together and try to support our local shops. (Jennifer.Lowery@k12.sd.us)  
  • Support to families in the evening for eLearning      
  • Discussion concerning our Graduating Class of 2020

Thank you for being an incredibly supportive community.

Updates concerning COVID19 can be found here.

District Parent Resource Guide can be found here

Sincerely,

Dr. Jennifer Nebelsick Lowery
Superintendent of Schools

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Monday, March 23
6:15pm email

Subject:  Update 3.23.2020

Titan Families,

Thank you for your work and patience today. You all passed! We deployed eLearning to nearly 2000 student devices today. We are up and jogging! We have an incredible team at Tea Area and we are all learning our new roles. We are grateful for your patience. Please reach out to your student’s teacher or principal if you are having issues. We do not want to cause frustration. We want to help provide quality work to guide our young people’s day.

I stopped home to grab lunch this afternoon and found out from my middle school student that it is “intense”, my fourth-grader just communicate with his teacher for his needs, and my four-year-old rocked preschool (If you need anything cut, she is your girl).

Governor Noem provided the following Executive Order. She will be providing additional guidance to schools on Tuesday.

Thank you for being an incredibly supportive community.

Updates concerning COVID19 can be found here.

Tea Area Parent Guide is continually being updated here.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jennifer Nebelsick Lowery
Superintendent of Schools

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Saturday, March 21
8:40pm email

Subject: Tea Area - COVID19 Parent Resource

Titans, 

The purpose of this email is to provide an overview of Tea Area School District's COVID19 response and centralize our parent resources. 

The attached resource is a ten-thousand foot overview of our technology, instructional program, and community resources. The attachment is also available by clicking this link. The linked document will be updated as we learn from each other. 

As a parent, I strongly encourage you to identify a learning area for each of your children. This area should be consistent, free from distraction, and appropriate for devices. We already lost a power cord at our home, but it was easily found as we have not gone anywhere. Now, I have a storage bin by each of their learning areas to keep their school items together. 

Your principals and teachers will be in contact with you on Sunday and Monday with specific information. I am grateful for their work and organization. 

Thank you all for your support and grace,
Jenn

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Friday, March 20
8:25pm email

Subject:  Update 3.20.2020

Titan Families,

Our efforts at Tea Area continue as we prepare to launch our online classrooms on Monday morning. We have an incredible team working to meet needs across our schools and the greater community. I am grateful to be a Titan.

I had promised additional guidance concerning our online learning rollout on Friday night. I am going to provide additional information tomorrow as I have a few more items to finalized. Essentially, you will receive an overview from me on Saturday. On Sunday, between noon and two your child’s  principal will be sending an overview. Elementary parents will receive additional information from the classroom teacher on Sunday evening. Middle and High School students will be utilizing their google classrooms to work on their work which will be outlined by the principals and facilitated by our teachers. We will be providing opportunities for parent and student feedback so we are able to learn and adjust as we facilitated our new program.

Our Food Service Director and Business Manager were awarded the program to support feeding breakfast and lunch to our school-aged Titans. This team will distribute food for the week on Monday from both the Middle School bus loop and Frontier Elementary (11:00 am – 1:00 pm). Please signup for this
weeks service: https://forms.gle/DvAhZF6Dxfr3hjha9

Our Director of Curriculum and Assessment and Director of Technology are working to provide Internet options to every JK-12 learner. If you do not
have Internet access from home please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/9nof9Fh7ZVbYN4TNA (If you accidentally filled out the form and you do have Internet please email Courtney.Burrack@k12.sd.us)

Sanford and Avera reached out to area schools requesting we collaborate with the Childcare Cooperative for First Responders and Patient-Facing
Healthcare workers, we agreed to adopt their model and host a site. Their guidelines and recommendations are outlining the program including small environments, extended hours, and health checks. Our Human Resources Manager and After School Director are collaborating to extend this outreach. Please contact Wendie.Morehead@k12.sd.us for additional information concerning hours, regulations, and pricing.

Thank you for being an incredibly supportive community.

Updates concerning COVID19 can be found here: https://doh.sd.gov/news/Coronavirus.aspx

Sincerely,

Dr. Jennifer Nebelsick Lowery
Superintendent of Schools

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Friday, March 20
1:20pm email and text

Subject:  internet access

Titan Families,

As we move into online instruction next week, please fill out this form by midnight tonight if you DO NOT have internet access at home.  For questions, please call the DEC at 498-2700 Option 5.

​https://forms.gle/9nof9Fh7ZVbYN4TNA

Thank you.

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Thursday, March 19
7:05pm email

Subject:  Update 3.19.2020

Titan Families,

This update will be brief as information has not significantly changed in the last 24 hours.

Mrs. Esping, District Business Manager, and Mrs. Stratmeyer, Food and Nutrition Director, have applied for meal disbursement for all JK-12 students requesting meals. Our hope is to begin on Monday. When our application is approved, we will provide specifics for our JK-12 students. A huge thank you to our community partner, J & R Mechanical for their work and continued support.

We have been asked to be part of a regional solution for some school-aged childcare concerns for Emergency Responders and Medical (Patient-Facing) Workforce. We will be following a standardized regional model.  We are working to be able to provide comparable services.

We are strictly limiting access to our buildings. Each building principal is working with families to navigate concerns or problems. Thank you for working directly with them via email. Please do not hesitate to call the District Office, if needed.

The District Education Center will remain open with limits on visitors (7:30 am – 4:00 pm). Our phone number is 605-498-2700 x5 as it is important we serve our community. Administrators will continue answering emails but may not be in their office. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us via the phone (498-2700 x5) or email (first name.last name@k12.sd.us).

Thank you for being an incredibly supportive community.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jennifer Nebelsick Lowery
Superintendent of Schools

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Thursday, March 19
5:43pm email

Subject:  Tea Area School District Breakfasts and Lunches for March 23-27

Titan Families-

The District will be providing free breakfasts and lunches to all Tea Area enrolled JK-12th grade students during the week of March 23-27. The meals for all five days will be available for pickup by families on Monday, March 23, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Middle School or at Frontier Elementary. In order for us to prepare enough meals, please complete the google form in the link below.

https://forms.gle/DvAhZF6Dxfr3hjha9

If you have any questions please call the District at 605-498-2700x5

-Tea Area School District Food Service

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Thursday, March 19
5:43pm email

Subject:  Tea Area School District Breakfasts and Lunches for March 23-27

Titan Families-

The District will be providing free breakfasts and lunches to all Tea Area enrolled JK-12th grade students during the week of March 23-27. The meals for all five days will be available for pickup by families on Monday, March 23, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Middle School or at Frontier Elementary. In order for us to prepare enough meals, please complete the google form in the link below.

https://forms.gle/DvAhZF6Dxfr3hjha9

If you have any questions please call the District at 605-498-2700x5

-Tea Area School District Food Service

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Thursday, March 19
10:30am email

Subject: Message to Tea Area K-6 Families - Chromebooks and iPads

Good morning Titan Families,

Thank you for the great participation at our device handout event yesterday. We know that your child likely did not receive his/her iPad/Chromebook that they usually use at school. Directions on how to log-in to these devices will be sent to you Sunday evening in preparation for the week’s instruction. At this time, there is no need to log-in or use the device for instructional purposes. After you receive directions, if you are still encountering difficulties, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher or building principal for help. We are here to support you and welcome the opportunity to do so.

Dr. Tonia Warzecha, Ed.D.
Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

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Thursday, March 19
9:15am email

Subject:  

Subject: Healthcare Workers & Emergency Responders Please Read

Tea Area Families,

The Tea Area School District is collaborating with our regional partners to identify if our community has a need for childcare (school-aged 5 - 12 years old) for essential healthcare workers and emergency personnel.

While we recognize many families are at a hardship and every person is vital to keeping our community and country running, this survey is for the following defined individuals with children in our District:

* Patient-Facing Healthcare Workers
* Custodial Healthcare Workers
* Emergency First Responders

Identification of responsibility either in the form of a letter from the employer or work-issued identification badge may be required.

Keeping our children home or in a very small environment is everyone's goal. We appreciate every effort to take care of childcare within your family or friend circle but recognize that we may have single-parent households or dual households who are essential healthcare or emergency care providers.

If you are in the identified group above and are in need of emergency childcare so that you are able to provide essential healthcare services, please fill out this survey. The survey will accept responses until midnight tonight, but if possible, respond by 3:00 pm. today.

Survey Link: https://forms.gle/iCDHmC6d6oESN3fv7

Respectfully,

Jennifer Lowery
Superintendent of Schools

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Wednesday, March 18
9:25pm email

Subject:  Update 3.18.2020

Titan Families, 

As you know, the Governor has extended the closure of schools through the week of March 23. We are closed including, out-of-district programs and transportation. At this time, we plan to reopen on March 30. Online instruction will begin on Monday, March 23. 

A huge thank you to our community, parents, and amazing staff as we distributed over 500 devices this evening across the district. We are the middle of a huge collaborative effort and I am grateful for the unbelievable work ethic, communication, and grace of our Titan family.

Here are the next phases of implementation:

*Thursday and Friday are spring break! It is time for a snowstorm. We are honoring spring break to the greatest extend possible. We are not rolling out our instructional plan because it is spring break and we are still ironing out issues to streamline our process as much as possible and limit frustration. 

*Late Friday, I (the superintendent) will provide a District overview of our instructional implementation plan. Sunday, you will receive an email from your student’s building principal followed by specific communication from your teacher(s).

I am confident many students and parents are trying to login and get started. I would ask that you are patient and wait for our instructions on Friday, Sunday, and Monday. We needed to distribute devices this evening because of the weather and we have staff on duty today. 

Example of potential issue, school devices and login (@k12.sd.us) must be used to maximize our efficiency. When students at particular age groups login after certain hours their device will not work. We will be adjusting our timelines based on parents’ need in the future. If a student is using his or her own Chromebook, you need to add an account and login using their k12 login. We will provide guidance and tips concerning signing on and when the internet will or will not work based on our filters. This will be a learning process. We will be getting information out soon, thank you for your patience.

TITAN FAMILY OVERVIEW:

*We will be rolling out information concerning how we will support lunches for students beginning March 23. 

*We will be providing additional information on what instruction will look like beginning on March 23 from our newly developed digital platform. The timeline is device distribution (Wednesday), Superintendent Overview (Friday evening), Building Principal (Sunday Afternoon), and Teacher(s) (Sunday Evening). We thank you for your kindness and patience in advance. We are learning with you and are grateful for your grace, feedback, and help. 

*We are aware of the regional issue with elementary students whose parent(s) are healthcare workers who work directly with patients or provide for the sanitary hospital-environment as well as emergency workers. We are working with our regional partners to be part of the solution. 

We recognize this is putting a strain on everyone. Thank you for helping one another.  
If you have a need, please call our office, communicate with your building principal, or share with your teacher. We want to support our families and communities. We are in a unique position with resources and strong connections. Please let us know how we can help. 

The District Education Center will remain open with limits on visitors (7:30 am – 4:00 pm). Our phone number is 605-498-2700 x5 as it is important we serve our community. Administrators will continue answering emails but may not be in their office. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us via the phone (498-2700 x5) or email. 

Please respect the needs of our greater community and maintain social distance. The purpose of closing school is to allow people to be at home and slow the spread. Please do your part by staying away as much as possible from public places. 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Jennifer Nebelsick Lowery
Superintendent of Schools

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Tuesday, March 17
7:40pm email

Subject:  Update 3.17.2020

Titan Families,

Please read this email as it is unique and not a generic update.

As you know, the Governor has extended the closure of schools through the week of March 23. We are closed including, out-of-district programs and transportation. At this time, we plan to reopen on March 30. Online instruction will begin on Monday, March 23. Additional information will be coming to help support our Titan families and students. 

Authorized personnel are the only individuals allowed in our buildings. These individuals will receive health checks before beginning their work.
The District Education Center will remain open with limits on visitors (7:30 am – 4:00 pm). Our phone number is 605-498-2700 x5 as it is important we serve our community. Administrators will continue answering emails but will not be in their office. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us via the phone (498-2700 x5) or email. 

Here are a few logistical updates:

*All Kindergarten, First-Grade, and Second-Grade
  *Families will need to come to their elementary school to pick up a District iPad. We are able to electronically “push out” content to our iPads. We are not able to “push out” content to your personal iPad.

  *iPad distribution will be Wednesday, March 18, from 4 pm to 7pm at each elementary school.

  *Stay in your car.

  *Do not come if you are sick.

  *Please have a piece of paper with your student’s or students’ first name, last name, and grade on a piece of paper. This piece of paper will be handed through the car window to a staff member who will give you the iPad or iPads and charger. The staff member will keep the sheet of paper and write the four-digit code from the device for record-keeping purposes.

  *To expedite the process for all families, you will be asked to pull as far forward as possible and then leave when you have the devices you need.
If you are sick or cannot attend the distribution, please email the principal or call the District Office 605-498-2700 x5.

*Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grade
  *Families please read carefully. Online instruction will be delivered through google classroom. We recognize that a family may have a device in their home with google, but may not have enough devices for parents to work from home and each of their children to be doing their classwork. We would like your child to have his or her own chromebook to limit this difficulty in your home. If you need or would like an additional chromebook to facilitate learning in your home, please come to the chromebook distribution. The chromebook distribution will occur at the same time as the iPad distribution. 
Chromebook distribution will be Wednesday, March 18, from 4pm to 7pm at each child’s school (Legacy, Venture, Middle School, Frontier). Please note: 6th graders living in Sioux Falls may pick a chromebook up at Frontier.

  *Stay in your car.

  *Do not come if you are sick.

  *Please have a piece of paper with your student’s or students’ first name, last name, and grade on a piece of paper. This piece of paper will be handed through the car window to a staff member who will give you the correct device(s) and charger. The staff member will keep the sheet of paper and write the four-digit code from the device for record-keeping purposes. 

  *To expedite the process for all families, you will be asked to pull as far forward as possible and then leave when you have the devices you need.
If you are sick or cannot attend the distribution, please email the principal or call the District Office 605-498-2700 x5).

*7th – 12th Grade
  *Students should already have their chromebook and charger. Please email their principal or assistant principal if there is a concern.

Legacy Electronic Device Pick-up Traffic Plan
Please enter Legacy’s main entrance from the north coming from the stop sign at Brian and Cole. Please exit Legacy’s main entrance and head south towards Charish.

Middle School Device Pick-up Traffic Plan
The distribution will be from the door closest to the student dropoff and playground on the west side of the building.

ALL FAMILIES
We will be rolling out information concerning how we will support lunches for students in need.

We will be providing additional information on what instruction will look like beginning on March 23 from our newly developed digital platform. We thank you for your kindness and patience in advance. We are learning with you and are grateful for your grace, feedback, and help.

If you have a need, please call our office, communicate with your building principal, or share with your teacher. We want to support our families and communities. We are in a unique position with resources and strong connections. Please let us know how we can help.

Please respect the needs of our greater community and maintain social distance. The purpose of closing school is to allow people to be at home and slow the spread. Please do your part by staying away as much as possible from public places.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jennifer Nebelsick Lowery
Superintendent of Schools

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Monday, March 16
6:30pm email

Subject:  Update 3.16.2020

Titan Families,

The purpose of this email is to update you on the progress the Tea Area team has made concerning cleaning and academic preparations.

The entire District is being deep cleaned per CDC guidelines. The products our teams are using are on List N of the EPA recommendations. The high school is substantially complete. Our electronic devices are being cleaned by an additional team utilizing microfiber. A third team is cleaning our kitchens. After a building is cleaned, it will remain closed until 5:00 am Monday, March 23.

Titan faculty are making preparations to provide instruction virtually. I had the opportunity to meet with our administrative teams. They shared the incredible amount of work and preparation going into the development of a virtual school. We are working on a foundation that will provide age-appropriate amounts of parental communication, opportunities for daily virtual interactions with students, and feedback opportunities for parents, students, and instructors.

We appreciate your patience as we all walk together through this unforeseen circumstance. Please know we are here to help. If your student is in need of a lunch, please reach out to your building principal via email or call 498-2700x5.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html 

https://doh.sd.gov/news/Coronavirus.aspx 

Sincerely,

Dr. Jennifer Nebelsick Lowery
Superintendent of Schools

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Sunday, March 15
10:40am text

Subject: Message sent 3.15.2020

Reminder: No school at Tea Area or access to buildings other than authorized personnel (March 16 - March 22). The District Office will remain open (605-498-2700 x5). J & R Mechanical (125 Main Street Tea) has generously coordinated lunch from 11-1 for those is need during the week. I believe it will be a quick grab and go format. If you or a family member are ill and in need of food, please call the District Office and we will help facilitate. Please honor social distance during this week.

Dr. Jennifer Nebelsick Lowery
Tea Area Superintendent of Schools

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Friday, March 13
9:41pm email

Subject: Titan Family Update

Titan Families,

As you know, the Governor has recommended closure for the week of March 16. We are closed including out-of-district programs and transportation. We will always comply with the Governor’s recommendations as she has information beyond our privy. At this time, we plan to reopen on March 23.

Authorized personnel are the only individuals allowed in our buildings. These individuals will receive health checks before beginning their work.

The District Education Center will remain open with limits on visitors (7:30 am – 4:00 pm). Our phone number is 605-498-2700 x5 as it is important we serve our community. Administrators will continue answering emails, but will not be in their office. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us via the phone or email.

Here are a few logistical updates:    

  • Conferences will happen via email JK-8.
  • Report cards and eligibility reports are delayed (unknown date of completion).
  • 2020 9th –Grade Registration is canceled. Information to come from our high school principals on alternative method of delivery.
  • 2020 Kindergarten Screening is postponed (unknown date).
  • We are trying to update our District calendar online, but please understand no matter what the calendar says there is nothing allowed in our buildings.

Please respect the needs of our greater community and maintain social distance. The purpose of closing school is to allow people to be at home and slow the spread. Please do your part by staying away as much as possible from public places

Sincerely,

Dr. Jennifer Nebelsick Lowery
Superintendent of Schools

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Friday, March 13
12:18pm text

Tea Area will close as directed by the Governor for the next week (March 16 - March 20).

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Friday, March 13
9:48am email

Subject: Preparation for Instruction - Please read

Titan Parents,

Please read this email.

As you know, we have a pre-scheduled early release this afternoon. We are working to be proactive in our potential solutions to deliver instruction. We plan to have school next week, but as we watch national trends there is a possibility that school closures may happen. We would like to be able to continue instruction with our students to limit make-up days during the summer. This is preparatory only.

We are sending home 7-12 Chromebooks and chargers for the weekend and each evening moving forward.

Children in grades 3-6 are being asked if they have a Chromebook at home that they use. If they do not know or say no, they are being issued a chromebook and charger today. These devices need the internet. We are working on innovative solutions to provide the internet to those who do not have it available. Please understand more information will be coming. Also, please know that these devices go through our Internet filter. Currently, 3-5 chromebooks only have access to the Internet from 8 am – 5 pm. This is regulated by the school. It will turn on after 5 pm, but it will not work. If we get to an online education situation, we will ask for feedback concerning the 5 pm
cutoff.

There is no charge for this Chromebook rental. If you do not want your child (k-6) to have a device issued, please call the building secretary prior to noon today.

We recognize there are many questions. We will continue to provide guidance and clarity. We are working on a delivery solution for age-appropriate online education. This is not complete at this time.

We sincerely appreciate your patience, help, and understanding that we are trying to be as proactive as possible.

Updates on events for next week will come later this evening.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Lowery

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Thursday, March 12
9:37pm email

Subject: District Update 3.12.2020

Titan Families,

Thank you for your patience this evening. We had a school board
meeting this evening prior to finalizing this daily update. The Board was updated on our work planning and communication during this meeting.

We are working with other school districts and closely following the guidance of the Department of Health. We are participating in conference calls, learning sessions, and providing opportunities for staff question and answer sessions.

The recommended website for the Governor's office for central communication and updated information concerning COVID-19 is https://covid.sd.gov

The District has canceled the use of our facilities by outside organizations. Friday, we will review all of the up-coming events and provide information on when they will be rescheduled or provided via an alternative service model. Our before and after school program (TASK) is running their normal operational hours. This program is our students and does not invite others into our student’s community.

As a reminder, Friday is a half day of school as it is the end of the quarter.

Thank you for working through this unique situation with us,

Dr. Jennifer N. Lowery
Superintendent of Schools

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Wednesday, March 11
12:45pm email

Subject: COVID-19 information

Dear Titan Families,

Our Titan students and families, along with the rest of the community’s health and safety, are always a top priority in the Tea Area School District. With the Coronavirus making its way into South Dakota, we wanted to update you to let you know the steps we are taking as a District to help protect our families and staff from the virus. We do not currenlty have a case in the Tea Area School District.

• Students are being encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water more frequently for 20 seconds.
• Students are instructed to cough/sneeze in the crook of their elbows.
• Students are being reminded to not touch their eyes, nose, or mouth.
• ALL staff at TASD is diligently cleaning and wiping desks, tables, door knobs, keyboards, computers, lockers, etc. They are also setting great examples for the students in regards to washing their hands and covering their cough/sneeze.
• Buses are being cleaned daily.
• Lunch staff is wiping down lunch tables more frequently with a special bleach solution.

If your student is ill, please keep them home. Students need to be free of fever for 24 hours without fever reduction medication.

We will be working with the South Dakota Department of Health and the CDC as the situation evolves in our State. We will keep parents informed as more information is available.

If you have any concerns regarding your student or yourself, please contact your health care provider.

Sincerely,

Tara Krell, RN
Tea Area School District Nurse

Dr. Jennifer Nebelsick Lowery
Tea Area Superintendent of Schools