The electricity and phone lines in the High School, Business Office & Superintendent's Office will be off from 3:00 pm Friday, July 16 thru 12:00 pm Monday, July 19. We appreciate your patience and understanding. Thank you!
To all of our Watertown School District families: Thank you so much for helping us get through this unusual year. We appreciate your patience and flexibility, as we dealt with the COVID situation. We know it took work on your part, but we feel it was all worth it to continue educating the students in Watertown. Thank you for helping us keep our students and staff safe to finish the year! Best wishes on your summer.
Attention: Graduation will be Live Streamed this year: WHS 2021 Graduation Stream https://youtu.be/AJEOz_rkeWg Live - May 30, 2021, 1:50 PM
The Watertown School District will start two hours late on Monday, March 15th. All morning activities will also start two hours late.
The Watertown School District will have no school on Thursday, March 11. Due to the fact that we already had a planned 12:30 dismissal, a late start wasn't an option for today. All activities for Thursday, will either be postponed or canceled.
The Watertown School District will be dismissing at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, March 10. All after school and evening activities will also be canceled this evening.
From the Watertown School District: The Watertown School District will have no school on Friday, January 15. This is a change from last evening. Activities for Friday have been either postponed or canceled.
From the Watertown School District: The Watertown School District will start two hours late on Friday, January 15th. Conditions will be assessed again in the morning.
From the Watertown School District: We will be dismissing school on January 14 at 2:30 PM. All evening activities have been postponed or canceled. Thank you, and have a good evening.
Watertown Middle School Parents & Staff: We received notification on a positive COVID test for a WMS student. The student has been in school, and contact tracing work was done to determine close contacts. Should your child be considered a close contact, you will receive further information from the district via phone call and a possible call from the Department of Health. Please view the district letter at: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file
From the Watertown School District: We wanted to update you on an additional change to our close contact procedures. We will now allow for a student to return from a close contact situation after 10 days or after 7 days with a negative test past day 5. This is in accordance with the newly updated Department of Health recommendations. Thank you again for your continued patience with the changing landscape related to COVID.
From the Watertown School District: The South Dakota Department of Health has updated their recommendations for close contact quarantines this week. We will be making one change to our procedures here in Watertown following this announcement. Going forward, any close contact quarantine that was designated for 14 days will now be changed to 10 days. This will be effective immediately. Any students or staff members currently out for the 14 days will be allowed to return now after 10. We will be reviewing the other recommendations for possible updates to our local procedures and let you know should things change. Thank you for your patience as we adjust to the changing recommendations.
From the Watertown School District: We are thankful for all the hard work and dedication from our parents, students, and staff to get this school year rolling. Your work has not only kept learning taking place but allowed us to create a healthy school environment for students and staff. Our positive COVID numbers continue to remain low, and that will allow us to stay in person for our learning when we return on November 30. Happy Thanksgiving from the Watertown School District.
To: All Watertown Parents & Staff: Another great piece of news for those families who do not have internet access at home. That State of South Dakota announces the K-12 Connect initiative which allows qualified families to access internet at home. Eligible families should receive a mailing pertaining to this. Please follow the instructions included in the letter or from the information on the website. https://k12connect.sd.gov.
To: All Watertown Parents & Staff: Great news for all K-12 students in the Watertown School District. Free breakfast and lunch meals have been extended and will be provided through the entire 2020-21 school year to K-12 enrolled students. We encourage all students to take advantage of this opportunity at all buildings this school year.
The Watertown School District announces free breakfast and lunch for all students beginning October 1 and continuing through December or until federal funding runs out. Any enrolled student in K-12 is eligible for these meals. We have also changed our student close contact procedures. Beginning on October 5, if a student is masked, they would have the option of following the recommended 14-day close contact quarantine or choose to quarantine for 72 hours and come back to school masked, temp checked and socially distanced where permitted. School principals will notify you should this happen in your child's school. We are also changing the language with regards to masking from "highly recommended" to "expected." All students were given a mask to start the year, and we ask that you make sure your child has one with them each day. More details on the close contact procedures can be found at: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/949702/Close_Contact_Student_Leave_Procedure.pdf. With this change, WHS will resume in-person classes on Mon. Oct. 5, and 7-12 activities will resume as well next week.
Due to a continued high number of COVID positive (34) and close contacts (250), Watertown High School will continue online classes for the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 2. All activities will either be postponed or canceled during this week with both in-person school and activities resuming on Monday, Oct. 5. Should your child be in need of individual assistance during the week, please don't hesitate to ask. Meals can once again be picked up at the high school. We just ask that you fill out the form online at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18JUMY7hXynkVjK9EUEuLzmvbCfbShBwY_ImocdBw7bE/viewform?edit_requested=true.
Due to a high number of COVID positive cases and close contacts, Watertown High School will be going online for the remainder of the week, September 22-25. All activities will either be postponed or canceled this week. More details will be released later in the week on a possible return to in-person school as well as a resumption of activities. Meals for virtual learners are available each day between 10:45-11:25 at WHS. Please fill out the Virtual Learner Meal Order application at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18JUMY7hXynkVjK9EUEuLzmvbCfbShBwY_ImocdBw7bE/viewform?edit_requested=true.
From the Watertown School District: Thanks for helping us get things rolling here in Watertown. We are looking forward to seeing your children again on Thursday for the start of the year. The travel procedures have been updated, so please take a look at them here, https://5il.co/k1ak. Please also take a look at our Positive COVID Procedures, https://5il.co/k8nn. Hopefully this clarifies the phone message from last Friday. A reminder that restricting visitors (including parents) in the buildings this year unless an appointment is made. Best wishes on the school year ahead.
From the Watertown School District: We hope you are ready for us to begin school on Thursday, August 27. You should have received information about the Open Houses at each school already slated for next week. 1. Here is a link for the symptoms self check we are asking each family to use in the mornings before sending their children. Thank you for helping us on that one. https://5il.co/k1aj. 2. We are also asking for your assistance in the mornings with drop-off by bringing your child as close to 8:25 as possible if you are able. Schools will still be open prior for those who still need our normal drop-off. 3. We are only allowing visitors by appointment only, and you will need to be temp checked and asked some COVID related questions prior to entering the building. 4. We know there will be instances of COVID positive individuals in our buildings. You will receive a notification should your child be in proximity to the affected person. The official notification will be made by the Department of Health. For further information, please continue to check the Covid-19 resource page at https://www.watertown.k12.sd.us/o/watertown-school-district/page/covid-19-resources--13. Thank you, and have a great school year.