Handful of RCAS Schools close due to COVID-19, other illnesses

Gary MatthewsJanuary 14, 2022News
COVID-19 cases affecting schools.

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Several Rapid City Area Schools were forced to cancel in-class learning Friday due to the number of COVID-19 and other winter illness cases.

According to Thursday numbers from the district, nearly 600 students and 100 teachers are out of class.

RCAS Superintendent Dr. Lori Simon said in a statement that “our schools and district programs are being impacted by COVID-19, influenza and other winter illnesses.”

The schools affected included North an South Middle School; Canyon Lake, Black Hawk and Rapid Valley Elementary.

Custer has also decided to close Monday because of the number of illnesses.

At Douglas, schools have moved to a Phase 2, mask requirement, due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases.