PIERRE, S.D. (KTIV) -- South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has announced students will not be returning to class for the rest of the school year.
During a news conference Monday, April 6 Gov. Noem announced students would continue with "distance learning" to end out the school year.
"It just doesn't make sense to bring our kids back into our school buildings this year," said Noem
Noem added she would release more information on how distance learning would work for the rest of the school year and what benchmarks students would have to meet while they are participating in distance learning.
She is also ordering individuals in Minnehaha County, which has over 140 COVID-19 cases, to stay at home for the next three weeks if they are someone who is more likely to have a severe illness due to COVID-19.
Those individuals include people with pre-existing heart conditions, auto-immune diseases, liver conditions, persons on dialysis, and those with diabetes or asthma.
Noem says anyone with one of these conditions in Minnehaha County are advised to stay home and social distance as much as possible.