PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Education has been awarded a $6.883 million grant to “support the state’s efforts to better serve students during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond,” according to a news release.

South Dakota was one of 11 states to receive a “Rethink K-12 Education Models Grant” from the U.S. Department of Education, with 39 states having applied for one of the grants.

State Department of Education Secretary Ben Jones said that during the spring school closures, schools providing competency-based instruction were better able to keep more of their students engaged in distance learning.

“This three-year grant will help us build on those successes and further develop that kind of learning model across South Dakota,” Jones said.

The funds from the grant will aim to provide “a comprehensive road map to successful learning so that students can learn at school, at home, or with blended learning approaches,” according to the release.

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An additional 65 new positive COVID-19 cases were reported on Monday, Aug. 3, by the South Dakota Department of Health. That brings the state’s total positive number of cases to 9,020.

The state also saw an increase of 30 recoveries since Sunday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 7,939.

There are a total of 946 active COVID-19 cases in the state as of Monday.

Thirty-nine people are hospitalized with COVID-19, up four from Sunday.

There were 695 test results reported on Monday.

A COVID-19 outbreak at Camp Judson in the Black Hills of South Dakota has resulted in 93 positive COVID-19 cases thus far, according to state epidemiologist Dr. Joshua Clayton.

Clayton said of the 328 campers and staff at the church camp, 33% have tested positive for the virus. Campers and staff from Minnehaha, Lincoln, Codington and Brown counties were in attendance at the camp in Keystone.

Since the outbreak was reported last week, Clayton said there have been 44 recoveries and no hospitalizations.

The average age of those who have tested positive is 15, he said.

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