Normally bustling with activity, the school grounds were quiet Tuesday on an idyllic spring day. Not even the flag made an appearance.

The Agar-Blunt-Onida school district announced on their Facebook page this week several measures administrators are taking to maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted Monday morning, March 23, the Facebook announcement read, ‘All ABO School District Spring activities have been suspended effective Monday, March 23. All school related activities outside of regular classroom instruction have been suspended and/or indefinitely postponed at this time. This includes activities such as Prom, Track, Golf, Drama, Spring Music Concerts, etc. We appreciate everyone’s continued patience and flexibility as we continue to deal with this unique situation.’

Secondary principal Jeremey Chicoine says that as long as students are distance learning and not on school grounds, “We won’t be hosting any out of school activities.” Chicoine says the suspension could end “a week from now or in the next two months,” and that if school resumes before the end of the school year, activities such as prom and music concerts will be scheduled if at all possible.

Regarding the activity so many families are anticipating, graduation, Chicoine says that “They’re all going to graduate. Are we going to have to hold commencement in June? Maybe. This is a milestone landmark ceremony for those kids, and we are going to do what we can to honor them.”

Chicoine also spoke to the distance learning the district is conducting. “I’m confident this is going to work. It’s easy for me to be confident, because I have 100% faith in our staff.” Chicoine adds that it is going to take the patience of everyone – parents, students and staff – to navigate the hiccups they are sure to experience with the technology used to teach the students. “

Elementary Principal Amber Mikkelsen issued a letter to elementary families who will be using the ‘SeeSaw’ app, ‘an incredible on-line learning platform where all work and communication can be done in one place for each family.’

Additionally, Mikkelsen outlined the steps the district is taking to ensure children are receiving nutritious meals.

It might not have all the bells and whistles students get in the classroom, but Chicoine says district students are receiving a “free, appropriate public education.”