SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Governor Kristi Noem has recommended that schools remain closed through May 1, 2020. Most districts are already heeding her advice by planning to stay closed.
After Noem announced her guidelines, the Mitchell School District Superintendent sent out an email to parents and staff saying school wouldn’t resume until May 4, 2020.
“While it is disappointing anytime we can’t hold schools with students physically present in our classrooms, we have every faith in the Governor’s office and the health officials providing her with expertise that they are taking the responsible actions in the best interests of all South Dakotans. The Mitchell Schools will be on eLearning through Friday, May 1 and return to regular school operations on Monday, May 4,” Mitchell School District Superintendent Dr. Joseph Graves said in an email.
The Sioux Falls School District is also following Noem’s recommendations, as shown in their Twitter.
It’s also uncertain if starting in school in May will actually happen. Noem has said she believes South Dakota will reach the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak in the middle of May. She said the state will continue to monitor it and give updates throughout the pandemic.
This uncertainty can be upsetting, as it provides no guidance on what may happen in the future.
That rings especially true for high school seniors. Some seniors may not have prom, graduation ceremonies and sport championships.
Hilary Albrecht is a senior at Howard High School. She says that the COVID-19 pandemic has put a strain on her senior year, but she realized other seniors were going through the same thing. Albrecht decided to do something to help herself and others cope through such a challenging time.
“I was sitting down, and I was like, ‘Well, what can I do to help other seniors through this time?’ So, I sat down with my guitar, and I was like, ‘I’m going to write a song and I’m going to put it out there.’ And I’m hopefully be able to reach out to I mean, especially my class, and have them relate to it, and just kind of sing to them, and know that they’re not the only ones going through this.”
“All of us seniors are struggling, so for me, I just wanted to relate us all together and know that we’re all in this together, and hopefully we’ll get the finish that we’re expecting,” Albrecht said.
Here is the original piece Albrecht wrote and shared with everyone through Facebook –
It has more than 15,000 views as of Friday evening.
“Definitely didn’t expect it to get this many views, but I’m glad it is. I do want other seniors to see this, especially those, I know some are getting things like their proms cancelled and possibly won’t have a graduation ceremony. So, in my song, I talk about how this is all hard. We’re not going to be able to get to spend time with our classmates, but we have the memories and at the end I talk about how it’s not all bad. Yes, it’s hard right now but I want everyone to know, this isn’t it,” Albrecht said.
She went on to say that seniors still have their friends and classmates, and she believes they will get to see them in the future.