Madison Central Superintendent Joel Jorgenson provided school board members with an update on the district’s distance learning that has been in place for the past several weeks.  Distance learning started a few weeks ago when Governor Kristi Noem ordered schools in the state to be closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Jorgenson said that the district is utilizing a number of different tools in communicating with faculty and students.   

Jorgenson said that faculty and administrators are keeping track of any students who are inactive and making contact with them or their parents.  He said that the district is making adjustments as it goes. Jorgenson thanked the parents and everyone involved in helping make sure that students continue to learn even in uncertain times. 

Jorgenson told board members that the last day of school for this year will be May 20th, with seniors done on May 13th.  

The school district has been providing free sack lunches for students throughout the time that schools have been closed.  Jorgenson said that in four weeks, the district has distributed close to 85-hundred lunches. He said that there could be some changes with the program coming up, where they may reduce the number of days that lunches are distributed, but then students would receive two lunches at a time in order to reduce the amount of contact that’s needed.  Jorgenson said that more information will be sent out if or when that change is made. 

Madison Central School Board meeting video