All Rapid City schools moving to Level 3 distance learning Wednesday

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Beginning Wednesday, November 18, all Rapid City Area Schools facilities will move to Level 3 off-campus distance learning through Thanksgiving.

The decision comes as the district says COVID-19 cases among students and staff continue to climb.

RCAS says that more than 10 percent of its staff isn’t able to work because they have either tested positive for COVID-19 or are in quarantine. RCAS also says nearly all of its buildings lack full coverage in nursing offices, which the school district relies on to perform contact tracing as well as tend to students with medical needs.

On Wednesday, all students including special education students will be learning remotely. Staff who are able to, will work from home.

RCAS will also provide take home meals and is urging parents and families within the district to use caution, wear masks in public, avoid crowds and stay six feet apart when possible.

Superintendent Dr. Lori Simon says the district’s COVID-19 response team will re-evaluate closer to the Thanksgiving break to determine if and when students may return to the classroom.

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