Noem advises South Dakota schools to remain closed until May

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Gov. Kristi Noem has recommended all South Dakota public schools remain closed to students until at least May 1 amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Noem issued the recommendation during a briefing Tuesday morning.

The new guidelines would close most schools for most of the remaining school year. Most South Dakota public schools schedule their final day in late May.

Noem commended schools and teachers for the innovative ways they have continued education through distance learning. She said the state will continue to provide support for online classes.

A total of 30 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in South Dakota as of noon Tuesday. Noem said eight have fully recovered.

Veto Day update

Noem said Tuesday that the South Dakota legislature is planning to go ahead with "Veto Day," though she said the state is considering virtual options.

Lawmakers are scheduled to meet March 30 to discuss and potentially override any vetoes made by the governor. Some have suggested legislators could potentially use this year's Veto Day to address the state's COVID-19 response.