COVID forces Rapid City to close schools Friday

Custer School District is also cancelling classes due to the pandemic
Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 4:17 PM CST
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - Earlier Thursday evening, parents at several Rapid City Area Schools were notified that in-school classes are cancelled Friday due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The schools include South and North middle schools; as well as Canyon Lake, Black Hawk and Rapid Valley elementary schools. The schools may be conducting on-line classes.

The entire Custer School District is closed Monday due to COVID. Custer operates a four-day schedule so students were already off Friday.

At the time of this post, KOTA Territory News has not learned of other district taking action.

Original Story:

Nearly 600 students and 100 teachers are out of class in the Rapid City Area Schools system due to the rising COVID numbers.

Of those out of class, 246 students and 77 teachers are actively infected with COVID-19, and an additional 365 students and 19 staff members were in close contact with someone with the virus. This is an exponential jump as cases among students were only 23 at the start of the new semester.

RCAS Superintendent Dr. Lori Simon said in a statement to staff that “Our schools and district programs are being impacted by COVID, Influenza, and other winter illnesses.”

She adds that she’s in contact with school leaders, and thanks the staff for stepping up as more continue to test positive for the virus.

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