Byron Public Schools is moving all its grades to distance learning, following a growing number of schools to do so in the face of an increasing presence of COVID-19.

Byron Public Schools Superintendent Joey Page sent a notification Thursday evening about the changes.

The intermediate school will begin distance learning as soon as Nov. 17. The primary school, middle school and high schools will not start distance learning until Nov. 30, since there will be staff planning days and Thanksgiving break starting Nov. 23.

"While we know this may be disappointing news, please know that we have planned for this scenario," Page said in the notice. "We hope to be able to return to in-person/hybrid learning soon. This will depend on the status of COVID-19 and the guidance we receive from public health experts."

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In addition to the change in learning models, there will be no practices or games for the middle school or high school from Nov. 30 through Dec. 13. None of the school district's buildings will be available for use.

The announcement said the volleyball season will end Nov. 24, but that all games planned before that will still be held.

According to Olmsted County's COVID website, there were 845.4 COVID cases per 100,000 people in the Byron ZIP code.

Lourdes High School and Rochester Public Schools also made similar announcements Thursday.