A brief update from Superintendent Paul Peterson:
Governor Tim Walz closed all Minnesota schools beginning Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 27. This eight-day break from regular school will allow faculty and staff members to prepare distance learning plans should the statewide shutdown be extended.
Mankato Area Public Schools is also closed today (Monday, March 16) and tomorrow (Tuesday, March 17).
A dedicated email address has been set-up for families who have questions about COVID-19. Please send questions to COVID-19ResponseT[email protected], or call 507-345-5311 between 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
What to do if symptoms are suspected
Anyone showing any sign of possible COVID-19 symptoms, it’s important to call their local health care provider, to receive a phone number to call. The nurse will determine whether or not an individual needs to come in. Individuals are asked to not go directly to their local health care system without calling to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
How to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
Help minimize potential exposure to others by using strategies recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Minnesota Department of Health. Examples include implementing social distancing, rescheduling or canceling events with 50 or more people and limiting attendance, to name a few.
Mankato Area Public Schools Emergency Care
The emergency care program begins on Wednesday (March 18).  Health care workers, first responders and other emergency service providers in need of child care are encouraged to utilize school district child care services.  This is programming provided at no cost.
Emergency care is offered from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Monday through Friday) at Franklin and Monroe elementary schools. (see addresses below)
Families interested in this program are asked to complete the registration form here.
Community Education and Recreation ACES Program
Families who participate in the school district’s ACES program will receive information directly from community education staff regarding ACES programming between March 18 and March 30.
Nutrition services
Breakfast and lunch services for Mankato Area Public Schools’ students begins Wednesday (March 18). All drive through pick-up services will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Six sites have been established for drive through pick-up:
  • Franklin Elementary School, 1000 North Broad Street, Mankato (door 6 near off of Broad Street)
  • Monroe Elementary School, 441 Monroe Avenue, North Mankato (door 1 on Monroe Avenue)
  • Hoover Elementary School, 1524 Hoover Drive, North Mankato (door 12 in the bus loop)
  • Kennedy Elementary School, 2600 East Main Street, Mankato (door 14 in the bus loop)
  • East High School, 2600 Hoffman Road, Mankato (door 20 in the bus lane behind the school)
  • West High School, 1351 South Riverfront Drive, Mankato (door 17 in the south/staff parking lot)
In addition, children attending emergency care (Franklin and Monroe elementary schools) or ACES programming (Hoover and Kennedy elementary schools) will eat breakfast and lunch as part of their daily programming.
Personal belongings pick-up:
Beginning Wednesday (March 18) through Friday (March 20), school buildings will be open for students and families to pick-up any needed personal belongings. This may include technology devices or items that you would preferred to have in your possession between March 18 and March 29.
If school closures are extended beyond March 30, buildings will again be made available for students and families to retrieve additional items.
Elementary school conferences
Elementary school conferences have been postponed indefinitely.
Information that may continue to be useful:
In alignment with Governor Walz’s recent declaration of a “peacetime state of emergency,” placing Minnesota into a heightened state of readiness to coordinate strategies to protect citizens from COVID-19, view the Minnesota Department of Health’s recommended strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19.
View the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and the Minnesota Department of Health.
A statewide hotline remains available if there are questions about COVID-19:
The Minnesota Department of Health has established a hotline that is staffed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 1-651-201-3920.