Superintendent Update

Hello Huskies! A reminder that our school district parade will be this morning. We will begin in Elk Point at 10 am, escorted by Elk Point PD, and then will head to Jefferson where we will be escorted by Jefferson PD. Be sure to social distance along our route and say hello to your teachers!
Since school is closed for the remainder of the year, a reminder that ALL school activities are canceled for the year and that our school facilities are also closed to the public. I do wish that we were able to have concerts, sporting events, prom, graduation, and school, in general, this spring, but we are not able to make that happen. The uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus has caused us to make some very difficult decisions that not only affect our seniors but all our students, staff, and families. 
After several long discussions, it was decided that Prom would not be held this year and that our Graduation Ceremony would look much different. We have decided to hold “virtual graduation” on May 16th. We are working with Fuller Digital Solutions, the company live streams our sporting events, to produce a couple of videos for us. One will be for our Awards Banquet, and the other will be our Graduation video. We are confident that they can provide us with quality productions to honor our 2020 Senior Class.
EPJ Elementary has just a few “exchange” days left for the year. April 20th, homework will be dropped off and picked up, along with items from students’ desks/lockers. Items will have been sitting, untouched, over the weekend and ready to be taken home that day. May 4th is another pick-up and drop off day, and May 18th will be the final day to turn in work for the school year.
EPJ Middle School/High School will turn in their school materials (textbooks, computers, computer bags, etc.) the week of May 13th for Seniors, and the week of May 18th for students in grades 6-11. More information about these drop off days will come later from the MS/HS Office.
Building principals will send out specific information for their buildings throughout this time. As always, reach out to the teachers, principals, or me with any questions you may have. We are not perfect, but we want to do what we can to help our families be successful.
Thank you to our parents, students, and community members for helping us all get through these uncertain times. I know that all of us are in unique situations and our stress levels may be elevated at times, but we are surrounded by those that matter most to us.
Sincerely,
Derek Barrios, Superintendent





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ELK POINT-JEFFERSONSCHOOL DISTRICT 61-7   402 S. Douglas Street, Elk Point, SD 57025 Phone: 605-356-5950    Fax: 605-356-5999