REGIONAL — Three area school districts will transition to full-time distance learning next week in the wake of a fresh wave of COVID-19 cases.

Round Lake-Brewster, Independent School District 2907, began the year with all students in physical classrooms every day. With the rise in COVID cases, the district will spend a couple of weeks on full-time distance learning so students and staff can stay safe.

RL-B begins its distance learning period Monday and hopes to return to school Nov. 30, after Thanksgiving break.

ISD 2184, Luverne, will immediately move its middle and high school students to full-time distance learning Monday. Elementary school children will spend next week in a transition period, after which they will follow a hybrid model, with only some students in school each day.

Prior to this decision, Luverne elementary students were in the classroom full-time, and middle and high schoolers were using a hybrid learning model. Luverne hopes to return to that model after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Newsletter signup for email alerts

RL-B and Luverne join the Heron Lake-Okabena district, ISD 330, which began its move to distance learning Thursday. From Nov. 5 to 13, all kindergarten through 12th-grade students will use distance learning full-time, and pre-school will continue in person.

HL-O clarified in its Facebook post announcing the change that the district's need to move to distance learning is based on a shortage of staff, as many staff have been exposed to COVID-19 and are required to quarantine. ISD 330 plans to have all students back in school Nov. 16.