Several area school districts transitioning to distance learning due to sharp rise in COVID-19 cases

The head of Education Minnesota says everyday choices will determine how Minnesota schools get through the fall surge of COVID-19: 

Education Minnesota President Denise Specht says a number of schools around the state have had to close due to the increase in COVID cases.  School Districts around our KAUS listening area that have, or will be going exclusively to distance learning include Austin, who will be transitioning to distance learning on November 30th, Pacelli Catholic Schools of Austin until November 30th, Grand Meadow and Southland Public Schools, who have moved grades 7-12 to distance learning until November 30th and LeRoy/Ostrander Schools, who will be moving grades 7-12 to a fully distance learning model from November 23rd to January 4th.  The district will also be moving grades 3-6 to a distance learning model, and grades K-2 to a hybrid model from November 23rd to January 4th.  

The Albert Lea School District will transition all grades to distance learning from November 23rd to December 4th, and Blooming Prairie Schools will be transitioning to distance learning for all pre-K through 12th grade students from November 30th to December 4th.