School of Mines staying diligent in coronavirus crisis

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is working closely with the South Dakota Board of Regents, as well as other public universities on how to best handle the coronavirus crisis.

All of the schools governed by the Board of Regents will extend their spring breaks by one week. This will give administrators more time to prepare for an already fluid situation to continue to change.

“To be clear, the campus is not closed,” SDSM&T President Jim Rankin said. “The campus is open. All of the offices continue to be open and we encourage faculty, staff and researchers to come back to campus to continue to work so we are not closing campus. The dorms continue to be open. We will be providing food service for those students and others that actually come back to campus.”

There are currently nine cases of coronavirus in South Dakota.

However, SDSM&T currently has 14 students who are studying abroad in Germany. Those cases have raised concerns about the return of the students.

“We are looking at it in Germany where it has been declared an outbreak,” Rankin said. “We are probably looking at a self-quarantine for fourteen days, so we are looking at that and I think most students are expecting that. We have also been conveying that to them as well.”

Meanwhile, a trip to Japan has been canceled after students spoke with administrators about concerns with international travel.

The Board of Regents is also working with the South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources to make sure the sick leave policy is up-to-date in light of pandemic.


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