Groton Area Middle School to move to distance learning

GROTON, S.D. (By American News Staff) – Groton Area Superintendent Joe Schwan announced Monday that due to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases that Groton Area Middle School will transition to remote learning beginning Tuesday for the remainder of the week.

There has also been an increase in close contact quarantines and staff exposures, according to his message.

At this time, Groton Area Elementary and Groton Area High School will continue with in-person classes this week.

“We will actively monitor the situation throughout the remainder of the week as we have been since last spring and make a determination about what the best course of action will be for next week,” Schwan said in the statement.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held virtually on Thursday. Friday remains a day for staff in-service, and Oct. 12 will remain a day for instructional planning.

“While this isn’t a situation that we’ve hoped for, it is one for which we’ve planned. It is our goal to keep students in school as much as possible, and doing so will require the cooperation of the entire school community,” Schwan said in the statement.