Albert Lea Area Schools announced Wednesday on its website it will continue with distance learning through the end of the first semester because of high COVID-19 caseload in Freeborn County.

A decision on the learning format for January will be made the week of December 29th. The district stated in the announcement that December 4th will now be a homework only day for all students, including those students in the Distance Learning Academy, to allow teachers through the district to plan distance learning for the rest of the semester.

The district will continue to provide child care at Hawthorne Elementary to children of Tier 1 families, and meals will be distributed to students and families through December 22nd. The status of district activities will be determined at a later date.