Medford school is about to switch to distance learning, effective Monday, November 23. They hope to return to the current models by Monday, December 7. Superintendent Mark Ristau says in a Facebook posting Thursday, November 12, "I am sure many of you were anticipating this message...Medford Schools will be making a teaching and learning model change." The message also indicates, "more specific communication will follow regarding extra-curriculars, daycare and food service." As it currently stands, sports would continue as scheduled.

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Ristau states, "Medford Schools has done the best they can considering the circumstances. Local county COVID numbers continue to rise and now our school COVID numbers are rising as well." He added, "I understand that this will inconvenience many families, and for that I sincerely apologize. We continue to use the recommendations of local health professionals and multiple metrics that are available to schools."

Dates of note in the transition include Monday November 16 (no school as teachers prepare for distance learning) Tuesday, November 17 through Friday, November 20 will be instruction in the current learning model of in-person for elementary and hybrid for high school. Distance learning begins for all grades on Monday, November 23.

Ristau closes the Facebook post by saying, "thank you for your support and understanding as we navigate our way through this. We are fully committed to continued learning for all Medford students."

Other local districts making the move to full distance learning include Faribault, Northfield Albert Lea, and NRHEG among others. In Owatonna, McKinley Elementary made the switch to distance learning while other buildings in the district remain on in-person or hybrid models.