March 17 update from Superintendent Paul Peterson:
Tomorrow, nutrition services, emergency care (for health care workers, first responders and other emergency service providers) and ACES programming begins. More information is detailed below.
Intergovernmental Center closed through March 27
The Intergovernmental Center, 10 Civic Center Plaza, is closed through Friday, March 27. Parents/families who need to register for Mankato Area Public Schools may call 507-387-2125 or email to schedule an appointment. View information about Central Registration.
A dedicated email address has been set-up for families who have questions about COVID-19. Please send questions to [email protected], or call 507-345-5311 between 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Nutrition services begin March 18
Breakfast and lunch services for Mankato Area Public Schools’ students 18-years-old and under begins Wednesday (March 18). All drive through pick-up service will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is not required. A child does need to be present during meal pick-up.
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)
Children attending emergency care (Franklin and Monroe elementary schools) or ACES programming (Hoover and Kennedy elementary schools) will have breakfast and lunch provided as part of daily programming.
In addition, MAPS is developing mobile distribution plans that will be implemented the week of March 23. Plans will include food distribution in Eagle Lake and Madison Lake.
Mankato Area Public Schools Emergency Care begins March 18
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. Families interested in this program are asked to complete the registration online. Families who have registered and have requested bus transportation will be contacted by the bus company directly for pick up and drop off times.
Emergency care is offered from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Monday through Friday) at Franklin and Monroe elementary schools.
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 before March 30.
Spaces are available for families interested in participating in this program. Please contact staff at 507-387-5501 or email [email protected].
Distance learning planning underway
Beginning tomorrow (Wednesday, March 18), Mankato Area Public Schools’ staff will be planning and preparing for the delivery of distance learning should it be required beginning the week of March 30. It is important to note that the time between March 18 and March 27 is for planning purposes only. Any required instructional materials, assignments or homework would be provided to students and parents if distance learning begins.
Important note: During planning through March 27, there will be no school (instruction, assignments, messages from instructors, etc.). If distance learning is required, it will begin the week of March 30.
Student/family phone communication
On Wednesday, March 18, households with students attending Mankato Area Public Schools can expect a phone call from their student’s respective school. In addition to checking in on students, staff will ask for information related to their household technology and internet service access. This information will be helpful as faculty and staff prepare distance learning plans over the next week and a half.
School access March 18-March 20
Although school buildings will be open during regular school hours Wednesday (March 18) through Friday (March 20), school will not be in session. This is an opportunity for students or parents to retrieve personal belongings. All school visitors will be asked to check-in at the building’s front office. While in the buildings, students, parents and staff are asked to maintain social distancing expectations. Also, please note although school staff will be in buildings starting tomorrow, they will be in planning meetings about distance learning and will be unavailable. Thank you in advance for your understanding and for limiting your time in the building for personal belonging pick-up only.
Reminder: Previously scheduled meetings to be held in school buildings are postponed until further notice.
What to do if symptoms are suspected
Anyone showing any sign of possible COVID-19 symptoms should contact their local health care provider to be evaluated.
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.
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.
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