Disproportionately hit by COVID-19, Native families unenroll from RCAS to homeschool or learn in other districts
August 17, 2020
As more than 650 parents in the district responded to a survey that they don’t want their kids in school buildings this fall during the COVID-19 pandemic, many Native American families in the Rapid City Area Schools system are considering homeschooling pods or partnerships with different districts as alternatives for their kids’ education.
Native families are weighing their options before a district-wide Monday enrollment deadline. Arguments to keep kids at home include health concerns, like the fact that Native people are overrepresented in Pennington County’s COVID-19 cases.
On the other hand, some families say they’re concerned that keeping their kids at home this fall won’t improve the district’s statistic that 30-40% of students didn’t engage in remote learning this spring.