South Dakota public schools to remain closed remainder of year

Published: Apr. 6, 2020 at 3:12 PM CDT
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Public schools in South Dakota will remain closed the rest of the school year due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, Gov. Kristi Noem announced Monday.

Schools had previously been recommended to close through May 1.

Noem said Monday it "doesn't make sense" to bring kids back to school buildings this year, as COVID-19 continues to spread in the state.

All schools have been closed since mid-March when Gov. Noem

in South Dakota due to the coronavirus pandemic. Students across the state have been taking classes remotely ever since.

The Sioux Falls School District tweeted that it "wholeheartedly supports" the governor's recommendation, saying it gives staff and families the chance to prepare for "this reality."