Mankato Area Public Schools
Latest information related to COVID-19
Equitable distance learning begins March 31
Help us help students–pick-up educational materials
Even though school buildings will be closed for the next several weeks, student education will continue through each school’s distance learning plan. Equitable distance learning begins Tuesday, March 31. Pre-K through 5th grade materials are currently being distributed at school sites. Work is being prepared for students in grades six to 12 as well.
Individual school sites are providing parents/families details, such as pick-up times, dates and logistics, related to specific distance learning plans. Please continue to watch for messages from your student’s school.
What do materials focus on?
Each school has developed learning plans by grade-level and/or subject matter. Plans address various aspects of the educational experience, including English language acquisition, special education, mental health and health/wellness. Faculty and staff have worked to balance academic and social-emotional components within Mankato Area Public Schools’ distance learning plans.
Will students and staff still connect?
Regular check-ins from school staff are intended to occur so students and families know they are cared for and that our support continues even though not physically together.
As implementation begins, please use the contact information provided by your student’s school to ask questions, share information and provide suggestions.
Personal belonging pick-up opportunities
To help ensure students and families have all personal belongings from school, additional pick-up opportunities will be provided. Specific dates and times for this to occur are yet to be determined and will be shared with families once available.
Mankato Area Public School Board approves calendar changes
The Mankato Area School Board approved a change to the meeting calendar to allow all regular and special meetings and work sessions to be held via teleconference. Public notice for all meetings will continue as they have been and community members will still be able access meetings to listen and view them.
Social distancing and children
Parents/guardians, please reinforce social distancing expectations that are in place throughout the state with your children.
For everyone’s health and safety, students should avoid gathering in large groups or attending social functions with friends. Although this can be challenging for all of us, it is important to ensure this is enforced. Thank you for your continued efforts on this important public health matter.
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Changes to emergency childcare
Childcare options for those eligible for emergency care will change beginning Tuesday (March 31). Families in need of child care (per State of Minnesota employment guidelines) will have the option to sign their child(ren) up for MAPS Emergency Care and ACES Wraparound Care.
MAPS Emergency Care and ACES Wraparound Care
Principals are collecting information about students attending MAPS Emergency Care or ACES Wraparound Care to help guide childcare staff on how to best support students participating in these programs.
MAPS Emergency Care continues to operate from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Monroe Elementary School, 441 Monroe Avenue, North Mankato; and Franklin Elementary School, 1000 North Broad Street, Mankato.
All families are asked to complete a new registration for MAPS Emergency Care and ACES Wraparound Care online. Families will be notified once approved and provided a start day for child care. Families who have already received care from either program, will be contacted directly by staff.
Families that qualify for MAPS Emergency Care may use the service at no cost and are eligible for transportation if needed. Registrations received after 12 p.m. will be processed with a start date for child care two days later. Breakfast and lunch will be provided
Families in need of care outside of MAPS Emergency care hours may register for ACES Wraparound Care program available from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday at Monroe Elementary School, 441 Monroe Avenue, North Mankato; and Franklin Elementary School, 1000 North Broad Street, Mankato. Flat rate is $18 per child, per day.
Screening changes
Based on guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health, new screening protocols have gone into effect at MAPS Emergency Care and ACES Wraparound Care. Children will have their temperature taken and a brief health survey will also be administered daily. This helps ensure everyone’s health and safety.
For more information call 507-387-5501 or email [email protected].
Nutrition services — Kennedy Elementary School services shift to Rosa Parks Elementary School beginning March 31
To help with efficiencies, beginning Tuesday (March 31), pick-up service at Kennedy Elementary School will transition to Rosa Parks Elementary School. The other sites available remain the same.
Services continue to be offered at other sites for students 18 and under. All pick-up services (drive through or walk) are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, through Friday.
  • All Saints Church, 605 Fourth Street, Madison Lake (north parking lot across street from church, just off of Highway 60)
  • Eagle Lake Elementary School, 500 Le Sueur Ave, Eagle Lake, (door 2r in front of school)
  • Franklin Elementary School, 1000 North Broad Street, Mankato (door 6 near off of Broad Street)
  •  Kennedy Elementary School, 2600 East Main Street, Mankato (through March 31)
  •  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)
  • Rosa Parks Elementary School, 1001 Heron Drive, Mankato (door 3 parent pick up/drop off 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)
Families who are in need of assistance to access our nutrition program are asked to complete this form.
Helpful information
Anyone with questions about Mankato Area Public Schools’ and prevention efforts for COVID-19 may email: [email protected], or call 507-345-5311 (between 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday).
The Minnesota Department of Health statewide coronavirus hotline is staffed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.–all 1-651-201-3920.
Anyone with medical questions are asked to contact their healthcare providers. In case of emergency, call 911.
Minnesota Department of Health resources