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Becky Allen welcomes a student on the first day of school at Tullar Elementary School on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Neenah, Wis. (Photo: Wm. Glasheen/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

NEENAH – The number of schools across northeastern Wisconsin to transition to online instruction continues to mount, as the Neenah Joint School District has decided to shift starting Monday. 

The switch comes just a month since Neenah’s school year began and over 80% of the district’s more than 6,600 students returned to classrooms for face-to-face learning.

In a Friday afternoon news release, the district said the change is primarily driven by the dire situation of the coronavirus pandemic across northeastern Wisconsin.

The Oshkosh-Neenah area is currently considered the fastest-growing COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, according to a list maintained by the New York Times. Just hours before the change was announced, several Fox Valley health departments joined to