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Byron Public Schools moving to all distance learning

Byron Public Schools moving to all distance learning

Updated: November 15, 2020 11:46 AM
Created: November 12, 2020 07:30 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Byron Public Schools is moving to distance learning to prevent further spread of COVID-19 as cases continue to rise across Minnesota.

In a letter to students, staff and families Byron Superintendent Dr. Joey Page wrote:

Dear Families,

Today, the Byron Public Schools received guidance from Olmsted County Public Health that, based on an increased number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and contact tracing, the safest path forward is to change our District’s Learning Model to prevent further spread.

Transition Information and Dates to Distance Learning

Byron Intermediate School

•    11/16: No School: Staff planning day to transition to distance learning for BIS.
o    Project Kids Child Care is closed at BIS for transition planning.
•    11/17 - 11/20: Distance Learning: Teachers will share their plans.
o    Project Kids Child Care is provided.

Byron Primary, Byron Intermediate, Byron Middle and Byron High Schools 

•    11/23-11/24: No School: Staff planning days to transition to distance learning K-12.
•    Project Kids is closed for transition planning.
•    11/25 - 11/27: No School: Thanksgiving Break 
•    11/30 -12/11: K-12 Distance Learning 
o    Project Kids Child Care is provided.
•    Beginning Friday, 12/4: Attendance is still taken for all K-12 students. Fridays will also be used for intervention/support AND account for all teachers' additional preparation time, as outlined in Executive Order 20-94 and 20-95. This Friday model will continue until further notice. 

If your student has an IEP, the case manager will be reaching out soon to discuss how it will be implemented during Distance Learning. Distance Learning will remain in place through December 11. 

Meal Services

The District’s meal service will continue. The sign-up will follow the same process since the beginning of the year. If your child attends Project Kids, meals will be provided there as well.  

Child Care

During regular school hours (7:30-2:40), child care will be available for Tier I Critical Workers starting November 17 for Intermediate School students and November 30 for Primary School students.  If you qualify for childcare, please complete this form to assist in our planning. Both parents in a two-parent household must qualify as Tier 1 employees or single parents in a single household. You will be asked to provide documentation that you are a Tier 1 critical worker. If either parent is working from home, you do not qualify for care.

Athletics and Activities

As Byron Public Schools transitions to a Distance Learning model, here are some important pieces of information from the Activities Department for the time period of November 30-December 13:
•    No BHS or BMS games/events
•    No BHS or BMS practices except for virtual coaching
•    No Byron Public School buildings will be utilized for high school, middle school, youth, club, or community activities.
•    No facility reservations will be accepted.  Any current reservations for this time period are canceled.

What this means for Fall Activities:

The volleyball season will come to an end on November 24.  All games before that are still on as scheduled.  The Section volleyball playoff start date is scheduled after our change in learning models occurs.  Unfortunately, there will not be a postseason experience for our volleyball team this year.  

What this means for Winter Activities:

Seasons may be shortened due to MSHSL guidelines regarding minimum practices before a competition and the maximum number of allowable contests per sport (weekly and season).  
•    Winter Activities that have started practicing will stop their workouts and gatherings beginning November 30 and return to in-person practices on December 14.
•    Winter Activity registrations will continue to remain open until December 13.

District Facilities

All district facilities and rentals will be canceled through December 13. Further information will be communicated regarding access at a later date. 

Inclement Weather 

We have prepared for three different scenarios for the 2020-21 school year. However, inclement weather may affect our plans. We are providing guidance specifically to address how we may adjust to respond to inclement weather and possible school closures.

Regardless of the learning model, this lays out how decisions and learning plans will be communicated to families, expectations for teaching staff providing instruction, and expectations for students on potential inclement weather days.

•    Distance Learning: Schools operating in distance learning will either close due to inclement weather and use a non-instructional day or remain open to provide instruction through distance learning. 
•    Hybrid Learning: Schools operating a hybrid learning model can either close for all students enrolled in the school site and use a non-instructional day or remain “open” to provide instruction to all students through distance learning. 
•    In-person Learning: Schools operating full in-person instruction can either close for all students enrolled in the school site and use a non-instructional day or remain open to provide instruction using an e-learning day. 
•    Providing Meals: We will attempt to provide meals to the extent possible when in-person instruction is canceled. 
•    School-Age Care: We are not required to operate school-age care for children of critical workers if a snow day is called or a situation where they would have normally called a snow day and are instead holding a distance learning or e-learning day. However, if it is safe and feasible to do so, we may operate school-age care for children of critical worker programs these days.


While we know this may be disappointing news, please know that we have planned for this scenario.  Your student’s teacher will follow up with more details soon. 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.
•    Athletic and Activities and facility usage date adjustments may occur earlier if warranted.
•    Distance Learning may be extended past December 11. 
•    Preschool and Early Childhood Special Education will continue to program as normal through November 20.  
o    There will be no preschool programs on November 23 and November 24 as they are staff planning days.  Teddy Bear Care will not be available on November 23 or November 24.  
o    Further communication will be shared separately. 

While we know distance learning may present some challenges, we are working hard to ensure a high-quality learning experience for all students and connections between students and teachers. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at or 507-775-2383. 

As always, thank you for your patience, understanding, and flexibility.

Dr. Joey Page, Superintendent

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