This Aug. 31, 2017, file photo, shows a sign for Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. Credit: Wilson Ring / AP

MIDDLEBURY, Vermont — Middlebury College has switched to remote instruction and postponed in-person events for the rest of the semester because of a rise in COVID-19 cases on campus.

The school said Thursday evening that 34 new cases have been confirmed on campus, bringing the total number to 49 active student cases and one employee case.

The switch to remote and postponing of in-person events included all classes that meet Friday, “final exams, and all formal and informal events, including athletics competitions and performing arts,” the small liberal arts school said on its website.

Middlebury is also encouraging students who are able to leave early for the holiday break to do so.

The school said it is still receiving results from COVID-19 tests taken earlier this week.