There was no recess for Rapid Valley students Friday due to the sighting of a mountain lion at the school's front doors in the early morning hours. The animal even left behind some paw prints as proof.
Rapid Valley staff members treated the day a blue flag day; which is the same protocol for severe weather. No children were allowed outside and all parents were notified.
The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department used tracking dogs to try and find the big cat, but to no avail.
Regional Supervisor Mike Kintigh said the search ended around 2:30 p.m. Staff members remain on call for the next sighting.
"The first thing I would advise all the people is don't panic," said Kintigh. "They really don't have to lock themselves in their houses and you know live in fear here. Lions move through our city with some regularity."
It is protocol to kill any mountain lion spotted within city limits.