Mankato Area Public Schools
Answers to frequently-asked questions related to COVID-19 (coronavirus)
A note from Superintendent Paul Peterson:
Now that coronavirus has been found in Minnesota, as new information is learned we anticipate sending updates daily or as needed.
What is COVID-19?
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 is a new viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus. Currently, there are a small number of confirmed cases in Minnesota. View fast facts about COVID-19 (coronavirus).
How is Mankato Area Public Schools preparing?
Mankato Area Public Schools’ officials are working with South Central Healthcare Coalition to ensure preparedness to best serve people in this region on this public health response. Partners include area cities, counties, higher education and health system providers.
Mankato Area Public Schools’ emergency plan includes a pandemic preparation strategy.This strategy is under dynamic review and has been customized to this particular situation. This includes ongoing monitoring and response plans because the safety of the people in our schools is our top priority.
What is an example of a preparedness effort specific to this situation?
Added cleaning and disinfectant procedures are being done and will continue as long as needed. These include frequent disinfecting of surfaces and spray/mist sanitizer machines that can be used to quickly and safely sanitize classrooms frequently.
Will school be closed or activities canceled due to COVID-19?
At this time, there is no plan to close schools. However, since this is an evolving public health situation we will continue to follow guidance provided by local and state health agencies. Decisions on out-of-state student travel will be made in the near future and shared through communication from the school district.
In case it’s helpful, school and activity cancellations are recorded on Mankato Area Public Schools’ help and information telephone line at 507-386-4777 (24-hour service), at isd77.org (click on “news”), or the district’s social media feeds @isd77maps.
What actions should we take for protection?
The Minnesota Department of Health indicates basic health preventions are useful:
  • Consider getting a seasonal flu shot.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap.
  • Stay home when sick.
View information about getting a household ready.
Information about how to talk with children about COVID-19:
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has prepared guidance for parents to talk with their children about COVID-19.
Additional resources for the most up-to-date information: