Following Governor Noem’s directive for public schools,
SDSBVI campus in Aberdeen will also be closed for the remainder of the school year.
Classroom teachers have contacted families to determine which assistive technology the students need and making arrangements for continued learning opportunities while they are at home. Teachers will stay in touch with their students using a variety of methods, depending on the needs of the child. Feel free to contact your child’s teacher if you have questions.
Right now, our primary concern is for the safety and well-being of our students and our staff. We urge you to do your part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in your communities.
Marje Kaiser, Superintendent
June 8 - 26: Virtual - Extended School Year (ESY) Summer Program
July 3: Independence Day Holiday
July 4: Independence Day
July 13 - 31: Virtual - Extended School Year (ESY) Summer Program
September 7: Labor Day Holiday
September 8: Registration Day; No Classes; Dorms Open at 1:00 PM
September 9: Classes Begin (School Day is 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
SD School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
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Students began classes in our new SDSBVI on Monday, January 13. Students and staff are adjusting remarkably well to the new layout and new routines. Among the most noticeable features are the ability to control daylight and classroom lighting and the two staircases. The dorm is set up in pods, with 5 rooms sharing a bathroom, a large commons area with a kitchen, teen center, and playroom.
Northern State University has an embedded classroom where the courses in visual impairment are being taught.
While we are still finishing up odds and ends from the punch list and waiting for a few items to be delivered, the new building has exceeded our expectations. Two students have already moved into the student apartments.
We are extremely grateful for the work of the Northern State University Foundation and the generous donors who made this dream a reality for us. The relationship with NSU is unique and has the potential to provide even further opportunities for students at both schools.
We are planning an open house and ribbon cutting (date to be determined).
You may think that more or brighter light is always better. The truth is more light can cause glare, which can make seeing more difficult for some people. Flexible lighting can be positioned in a variety of ways to focus the light on the specific task, rather than in your eyes..
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