South Dakota Schools To Remain Empty Through End of April

(KCCR) — South Dakota school buildings will remain empty until the beginning of May. Governor Kristi Noem says her order to close schools to prevent the spread of the coronavirus will continue…

“Today, I also have put forward recommendations to all of our school administrators and those at the local level that kids should stay out of their school buildings until May 1st.  This will give us time to make sure that we are flattening and bending the curve of the spread of the infection in South Dakota and it also gives them some consistency at the district level on how they will teach these children at home or at a distance.”
Noem also extended the remote work status for state employees Tuesday…

“We will continue with state employees in the State of South Dakota working from home and tele-working through May 2nd.”

Noem says it’s too early to tell if kids will get back into school at all this year…

“We will obviously reevaluate that going through the next several weeks.  We obviously  believe that we will still be dealing with the virus by that time, but we do not know necessarily if we will have therapeutics available to us; if there will be more information at that time, really what the situation will be . I think all of us can…can honestly say that even a week ago we were in a very different situation than we are today so….With a virus that we’re still learning about and that we’re still getting more information on.  We’re going to make sure that we’re making good decisions by keeping our kids out of the schools and doing distance learning until May 1st and then we’ll reevaluate and keep everybody updated as to what the decision will be toward the end of the year.”

Two new cases were reported Tuesday in Brookings and Beadle Counties bringing the total number of confirmed cases in South Dakota to 30. Eight of those 30 two have fully recovered from being ill.