Colleges in the Black Hills are getting ready to start classes again, but with added precautions

SPEARFISH and RAPID CITY, S.D. — While your vacation may have come to an end, students at South Dakota Mines and Black Hills State still have another week off. But with students returning to the Black Hills from across the country, it could result in another increase in COVID-19 cases. Both schools are taking extra safety measures for students and staff.

Students at both SD Mines and BHSU are required to do a COVID-19 test prior to returning to campus. The tests are free and the faculty and staff at the two schools will also be able to take advantage of the tests. Black Hills State University sent out at home tests for students and already have results back from 128 students.

President of Black Hills State University, Laurie Nichols, said, “They get the tests sent to them, they do the saliva test on Zoom with somebody watching and instructing them how to do it. They send it in and then the results are given back to them within 24 to 48 hours.”

BHSU will also be holding a mass testing event with Monument Health for students who didn’t take advantage of the home tests.

“It will be over in the Young Center; we’ll have it from 9 until 1. We’ll invite all faculty staff and any students who did not do the saliva test can come and get tested that day. And of course we’ll get those students into isolation right away if we have any more positives that come up,” said Nichols.

Students and staff at both schools were already following CDC guidelines before the break and will continue to have those same policies in place when students return.

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