SD Parent Connection is committed to doing its part to protect our community during this health crisis. All office locations are closed and staff will work remotely until further notice.

During this time, we will continue to be available as a resource for families and the professionals serving them. Please reach out for support and assistance.

  • Call Us at 1-800-640-4553 or 605-361-3171. Leave your name and number (speak slowly, please, and give us your phone number twice) if someone is not available to take your call.
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Check our Events Calendar and Online Training pages for webinars, both live and recorded for on-demand viewing.

weConnect will become a weekly e-feature providing information, resources and strategies for families to help their children achieve success in a virtual / home based learning environment. Please share with us any helpful resources you find!

Our thoughts are with each of you as we face this challenging time. Together.

Sign up for the free Daily Digest from the South Dakota Statewide Family Engagement Center, with activities and resources to support parents as they help their children continue learning while at home.
Parent Tips

Online school begins Tuesday. If you have not already posted a written routine/schedule, have your child(ren) - to the greatest extent possible - help to create one. Parents provide guidance, allowing only those limited number of options/choices that you, the parent, can live with. You do not need to recreate your child's school schedule to be successful at home!

Meals, breaks, fun time, physical activities, social activities, family time, chores, reading time, relaxing time, as well as online or offline learning activities can all be included. For some youth, this may be an opportunity to work on skills related to activities of daily living and independence such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc. Daily Schedule Samples

Most households do not have unlimited devices and space. We also
do not want our children to be isolated in their rooms. Designating
and rotating spaces for certain types of activities can support
learning and encourage social connection.

Limits on screen time, completion of chores, minimum minutes per day on "school" learning/activities and no cell phones/gaming/etc. while doing so are all possible rules. Involve your children in development of the rules, incentives, and consequences for not following the rules. Have them write and post (or help you to do so) -- to hold everyone accountable.

Parents will reap the benefits of involving children in development of schedules and rules. Picture and graphics that help a child visualize the schedule and//or rules are helpful additions to written text. Parents/students can set timers to keep the daily schedule flowing, just as in school.

If a child is off task or not following the pre-determined schedule or rule, parents can ask their child to refer to the written guidance and ask
"what is on the schedule?" or "what is the rule about....?" as a means to help their child get back on track.

Free eBook: 7 Stress Free Ways to Keep Your Child on Track While
This e-publication was developed under grants from the U.S. Department of Education Project Grant H328M140021 and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Grant H84MC07994, Family to Family Health Information Center, $96,750; and approximately 5% financed with non-governmental resources. The contents should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by US Department of Education, HRSA, HHS or the Federal Government.