Brookings schools to stay in Phase II of their COVID response plan as numbers are falling

The Brookings School Board votes to stay in Phase II of their pandemic response plan.  They’ve been in that phase since January 13th. It includes masks being strongly recommended.

Sticking with Phase II was the recommendation of Superintendent Klint Willert. He says student cases peaked around January 11th and have been falling. He says it’s still too early to call it a trend but they’re hopeful.

Willert says they’ll also continue to watch the numbers closely. As of Thursday, Willert says there were 35 students out because they had COVID-19.  That number peaked at 181 students testing positive and out of school on January 11th. There were 7 staff members out with COVID on Thursday. That had peaked at 22 on the 13th.

He also says the district has 1000 COVID-19 test kits available. Each kit includes two tests.

More information on the COVID response plan is available on the district’s website.


January 21, 2022