Coronavirus/COVID19 Information

This page has been constructed for the purpose providing a single source of information being provided by the Groton Area School District throughout the current pandemic situation.

Beginning on the fall of 2022, the District will no longer be providing updates to COVID-19 case counts within District programs.

School Breakfast and Lunch Programs
School Lunch and Breakfast programs will return to normal operations during the 2022-2023 school year. Universal free meals that were provided to students during the 2021-22 school year are no longer available. Families are encouraged to apply for free and reduced priced meals. Details can be found on the Food Service page.

Abbot BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Tests
The District has developed a new protocol for the administration of rapid COVID-19 tests. The use of these tests is authorized and provided for by the South Dakota Department of Health and South Dakota Department of Education. These rapid tests involve collecting a specimen by use of a nasal swab inserted about 1 inch into each nostril which is much less invasive than the nasopharyngeal swabs used for the PCR tests given in most clinics. Results are available in 15 to 30 minutes after specimen collection.

The tests can be used on symptomatic students or staff members and intended specifically for those whose symptoms begin during the school day. There are some clear benefits to implementation and use of the rapid tests, most notably the turn-around time of 15-30 minutes as opposed to 2-4 days and cost. These tests are available at no charge. For students who develop symptoms outside of school hours, we must insist that they not show up at school. Please do not send symptomatic children to school. Testing for students who develop symptoms outside of school hours (overnight, for example) is available by appointment by contacting school nurse, Beth Gustafson, at 605-397-8381.

Groton Area School District Rapid Covid Testing
Groton Area School District Rapid Covid Testing Consent Form

Quidel QuickVUE At-Home OTC Tests
Quidel QuickVUE At-Home Over-the-Counter Testing Registration