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A Rural School Adjusts to Serve Its Students During COVID-19


August 17, 2020

Red Cloud Indian School classes moved online during the COVID-19 crisis. Photo Courtesy of Red Cloud Indian School.

USDA Rural Development provides opportunities to enhance education in rural communities. We can see these investments throughout the state and I'm proud of the contributions that team South Dakota is making to support education initiatives and so much more.

Red Cloud Indian School, Inc. resides in one of the most economically challenged areas of the state, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. COVID-19 brought a lot of uncertainty to this school. The administrators, faculty, students, and families made an incredible commitment to respond and adjust accordingly.

In a matter of days, the administrators and teachers switched over from teaching in-person to distance learning for nearly 600 students. On a normal day, the daily attendance rates average 90% or higher, so it was a significant transition.


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