New Building opened January 13, 2020
Student helped by teacher across stream
Student and teacher making apple pie
Students playing Frisbee golf
Students playing on playground equipment
Boy Using Typewriter
Student and teacher at computer

Upcoming Events 

October 28-30:  Dakotas AER Conference 
Registration | Agenda

November 6:  1st Quarter Ends

November 9:  2nd Quarter Begins

November 11:  School is in session; Veterans Day 

November 24:  HOMEGOING;  Dorms close at 1:00 PM

November 25 - 27:  CLOSED

November 29:  Dorms open at 1:00 PM

November 30:  Classes Resume

December 23:  Christmas Program; HOMEGOING; Dorms close at 1:00 PM

December 24 - 25:  CLOSED

December 24 - January 1:  No Classes

January 1:  CLOSED

January 3:  Dorms open at 1:00 PM

January 4:  Classes Resume

March 8 - May 7:  Window for State Testing
[Math, English/Language Arts (ELA), Science, Alternate Science]

March 15 - April 30:  Window for State Testing
[Alternate Math, Alternate English/Language Arts (ELA)]


Welcome Back to School 

We are all very excited to welcome our students and staff back to campus after a long hiatus.  The end of the 2019-2020 school year was not how we wanted to end our school year, nor was it how we wanted to celebrate our transition to our new campus.  We are ready to start the new school year, and are prepared for whatever hurdles are thrown our way.  We are so grateful for the students and families that made the educational process work this spring and summer.  It was a challenge, but with all challenges we give ourselves an opportunity to grow and develop.  Some of the new educational tools and methods that were used this spring and summer may find their way into our permanent skillset.

On August 13, we held the SDSBVI building dedication to thank the many donors and people that constructed the new building and celebrate the start of a new era at the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  It was a remarkable day.  The building is ready, the staff are ready, and all we need is our students back in the building.  Our goal is to start the year and end the year on campus.  We are taking many precautions and are planning for multiple scenarios, but with the hopes that we can continue to provide quality educational service to our students and families the whole year on campus.  Time will tell.  We all look forward to meeting everyone again when classes start on Wednesday, September 9.

Yours in Education,

Dan Trefz, Superintendent


Contact Us

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605 14th Avenue SE
Aberdeen, SD 57401-7699

Phone: 605-626-2580
Toll-Free: 888-275-3814
Fax: 605-626-2607