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.
This situation is very unique and information is coming and changing very quickly based on all sorts of factors. We will do our best to continue making decisions for the best interest of our students, staff, and community in the days and weeks ahead based upon the best information available to us.
Groton Area School District
Active COVID-19 Cases
Updated January 21, 2022; 11:02 AM
The case data presented above includes positive cases resulting from at-home testing. The Department of Health does not include those cases in their official counts and we recommend anyone receiving a positive at-home test to consult with their health care provider for follow-up testing.
A positive case is considered active for a minimum of five days after onset of symptoms depending on an individual's release from isolation by SD DOH. It is important to note that not all reported cases have been in school or school activities during their infectious periods (48 hours prior to onset of symptoms).
School Breakfast and Lunch Programs
Free school breakfast and lunch services through the end of the school year to all enrolled students regardless of income eligibility. All students are enrolled and receiving benefits.
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.
Quidel QuickVUE At-Home OTC Tests
Quidel QuickVUE At-Home Over-the-Counter Testing Registration