Heart and Soul Returns to St. Joseph’s Indian School
Heart and soul
Grade school students returned to campus on Sunday, August 9, and have been observing quarantine, masking, and social distancing while remotely learning in campus homes. This measure brings them up-to-speed on technology should a return home become necessary. Each student was tested for COVID-19, and leadership feels comfortable that with several measures in place, this has been a safe and healthy return to school. As of Sunday, August 19, 45 High School students returned.
Classes in the school building are scheduled to begin Monday, August 24 with specific schedules and travel routes for the different campus-home communities to ensure distancing. “We are fortunate to have a well-staffed health center on campus to help us manage under these circumstances, and we are grateful for our work with the South Dakota Department of Health as we developed our return plan,” said President Mike Tyrell. “Since this past spring, we have been in regular contact with the families of our students, and they told us this is what they want.”
Seventh- through eighth-grade Residential Coordinator Frank Whipple summed it up. “Once the kids returned, the soul of our campus returned! It was great coming to work knowing the kids were back and we would be getting back to our work and mission.”
Parents and guardians can visit the Parents and Partners page for more helpful information and updates throughout
You can view a video of the parade here.