HAYFIELD -- Students here in grades 7-12 will move to a hybrid-learning model starting Oct 19.

Superintendent Gregg Slaathaug announced the switch Sunday on Facebook.

"The school district continues to work closely with county and state public health officials in reviewing not only the 14-day published countywide rate that lags by almost two weeks, but also looking closer at ZIP code data and current positive cases, isolations and quarantines within our own school district," Slaathaug said in the statement.

Students in grades PK-6 will continue learning in-person full time. Until the upcoming switch, all students in the district had been learning in-person.

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Hayfield Community Schools has a student population of about 685 in grades PK-12. Slaathaug said he could not give the number of positive cases reported in the school district since it's such a small community, making privacy a concern.

Slaathaug said the district will release a tentative schedule through Thanksgiving.

But, "We will go back to in-person as soon as we possibly can," Slaathaug told the Post Bulletin.

The countywide infection rate Slaathaug referenced was last updated Oct. 8. At that time, the most recent time time bracket provided was from Sept. 13-26, which had an infection rate of 38.87 for Dodge County. The state guidelines released at the beginning of the year suggest school districts should have elementary students in hybrid and secondary students in distance learning if the infection rate is between 30 and 50.

State officials clarified at the time that those categories are just the starting point for schools to make their decisions. Slaathaug reiterated that, as well, explaining there were multiple factors at play, such as the more detailed ZIP code data.

"It's not just one thing; it's not just two things; it's a lot of different things that went into that decision," Slaathaug told the Post Bulletin.

Hayfield is only the most recent district that has had to make a switch in learning model because of the pandemic. Kasson-Mantorville moved its secondary students to a hybrid model in early October. Byron Public Schools temporarily closed its primary school in early October as well because of the number of COVID cases.