Face-to-face teaching will resume at South Dakota public universities and schools in the fall, according to an announcement from the South Dakota Board of Regents.
In the May 1 announcement, the Board affirmed its commitment to on-campus operations later this year.
"The COVID-19 pandemic dictated an unprecedented change this spring in the way we teach, learn, and work, requiring faculty, students, and staff to adapt in extraordinary ways," said Regents President John W. Bastian. "While our institutions will successfully complete the spring and summer semesters, under conditions that none of us could anticipate, we all must turn attention to a new academic year beginning this fall."
In the announcement, the Regents said campus officials will be guided by safety, science, and the institutions’ educational mission, with a priority to balance the significant value of on-campus teaching and learning with an equal responsibility to protect community health and safety.
Pandemic planning will continue in the months ahead, with campus-specific details and protocols to be announced.