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South Dakota Schools Closed Through End of School Year

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All K-12 schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year. Governor Kristi Noem says it doesn’t make sense to bring students back to their classrooms in light of current projections of COVID-19 infections.

The governor says the state Department of Education will continue working with school administrators on distance learning through the end of the year.

“I know this is gonna be hard for a lot of people," she says. "We’ve got a lot of seniors that really didn’t know that their year would end like this. They didn’t know that they would have a very different kind of high school experience than what they anticipated. I’ve got a high school senior myself who’s looking at a very different senior year than what he’d anticipated.”

Shortly after the governor’s announcement, the South Dakota Board of Regents announced all public universities will continue with online-only classes through the summer term.