Rapid City School Board to discuss temporary elementary school closure due to COVID spike

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Area School Board will take up whether or not to close Grandview Elementary at their upcoming meeting after a spike in COVID cases there.

According to the board’s agenda, a resolution is proposed to temporarily close the school after an increase in COVID cases among 9.5% of staff and students.

The district’s COVID Dashboard reflects that there are five new cases as of Wednesday morning, October 27, and 37 total active cases. District-wide there are 11 active cases among staff and 91 among students. 11 staff members and 295 students are in quarantine. 1,107 students and staff have recovered.

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The majority of other schools in the district report zero new cases Wednesday except for Central High School and Valley View Elementary which each report one new case. Central reports 13 active cases. Valley View reports eight active cases.

The resolution does not specify the duration of a closure which would then be discussed and confirmed at a later meeting.

“The period of closure will be determined by the Superintendent in consultation with the RCAS Health Advisory team after consulting with area pediatricians and approved by the board at a meeting to be held in 48 hours,” reads to the resolution.

In an August meeting, the board voted to make them the sole voters on whether or not to close a school due to health concerns, whereas it had previously been up to the Superintendent.

The meeting is scheduled for Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m. in Rapid City’s Council Chambers.

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