- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2020

FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The Stanley County School District is moving all classes to distance learning beginning Tuesday because of the coronavirus.

Classes Monday have been canceled and students have been directed to pick up textbooks and electronic devices, according to district officials.

Superintendent Daniel Hoey said the reason for the change is due to “staff exposure and subsequent quarantining,” KCCR reported.

Traditional classes for junior kindergarten through 12 grade are to resume Oct. 1. The district has an enrollment of about 400 students.

As of Sunday, there are seven active coronavirus cases in Stanley County, according to the state health department. By comparison, Hughes County across the Missouri River, has 153 active cases.

Pierre High School, located nearly 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) from Stanley County High, canceled classes last Friday after roughly 15 high school students tested positive for COVID-19 and at least 150 others were asked to quarantine.

Stanley County also announced Sunday that all extra-curricular activities will be suspended while the school is in distance learning.

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