Byron Public Schools will temporarily close its primary school and move to a distance learning model following an increase in cases of COVID-19.

Superintendent Joey Page announced the change Monday evening in a letter to families of the district.

"While I know this is disappointing news, please know that we have planned for this scenario," Page wrote in the email. "We hope to be able to return to in-person learning soon. This will depend on the status of COVID-19 and the guidance we receive from the Olmsted Public Health."

According to the letter, the primary school will use Oct. 6 as a transition day, and students in grades K-2 will begin distance learning Oct. 7. The change is expected to last two weeks, with an expected return date of Oct. 20.

As of Monday morning, the district had a total of 14 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the school year. Six of those cases were reported in the period from Sept. 25 through Oct. 1.

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Olmsted County provides the number of cases of COVID-19 broken down by ZIP codes. According to that data, Byron's ZIP code had 204.9 cases of COVID-19 for every 100,000 residents as of Monday evening.